Every day, “intelligent” machines are sorting your inbox, recommending you music, vacuuming your floor, or teaching you Klingon – and schools are not exempt from their influence. Can such machines also help us to support our students’ learning? How will they change the way we teach and organise our schools? And how do we prepare our students for a world increasingly filled with artificial intelligence (AI)?
In this webinar, we explored these questions by examining a set of brand-new guidelines for teachers about the use of AI in schools, followed by a more general exploration of the potential impact of AI in schools and concrete examples of what teachers can do with AI.
Marco Neves is an expert in Artificial Intelligence in Education, consultant on Digital Education for the SecondYou organization, professor of Computer Science and Coordinator of Educational Projects, and CEO of InteractIDeas. He's a promoter of sessions and lectures about Digital Education, mainly about the impacts of Digital Transformation and Artificial Intelligence in Education, Work and Society. Author, along with Wayne Holmes, of the chapter dedicated to the theme of AI in Education: Opportunities and Concerns, in the book "Training in the Context of Computational Thinking, Robotics and Artificial Intelligence in Education", published by EDUFMA of the Federal University of Maranhão - Brazil.
He has collaborated with several institutions such as European Schoolnet, British Council, Ministries of Education, Institute of Education of Lisbon, Dublin West Education Center, School of Education of Santarém, ReadyAI, Europeana Education, among others, in the development of initiatives and projects of digital education.
Maria Gkountouma joined the European Commission in 2018. She has been working on the design and implementation of the Digital Education Action Plan 2021-2027, leading action 6 on emerging technologies, AI and data, block chain and interoperability, among other tasks. She is also a cybersecurity ambassador for DG EAC and a member of numerous steering committees, advisory boards etc. Before joining the Commission, she had been working in the Greek Ministry of Education for sixteen years, as an education expert in environmental education and, before that, as an a secondary education English language teacher.
Her rich academic background includes Bachelor and Master Studies in English linguistics, adult training, communication for development, public administration, ICT in education and, recently, computer sciences and open e-government. She speaks Greek, English, French and a little Spanish. She has numerous publications in education, ICT, communication and humour studies and is member in various boards, foundations, associations and networks. Finally, she has received about thirty awards, scholarships and funding for her academic and professional performance and ideas.