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Kashifa Khalid, Netta Iivari, Marianne Kinnula, and Sumita Sharma. 2022. Familiarizing Children with Artificial Intelligence. In 25th International Academic Mindtrek conference (Academic Mindtrek 2022), November 16–18, 2022, Tampere, Finland. ACM, New York, NY, USA, 5 pages.

Familiarizing children with artificial intelligence

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Author: Khalid, Kashifa1; Iivari, Netta1; Kinnula, Marianne1;
Organizations: 1INTERACT Research Unit, University of Oulu, Finland
Format: article
Version: accepted version
Access: open
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Language: English
Published: Association for Computing Machinery, 2022
Publish Date: 2023-02-27


Recently, children’s Artificial Intelligence (AI) literacy has gained interest due to AI penetrating our daily lives more widely. This paper illustrates findings from an empirical study with the purpose of familiarizing two classes of 11‐12-year-old children (N=37) with central concepts related to AI, using existing material with modifications. During the sessions, children experimented with creative and hands-on Machine Learning activities, encouraging reflection around AI and the role of technology in everyday life. Children were asked about their views of AI first, and after that the concept was explained to them. Findings of the study suggest that some children‘s opinion about AI was changed after they were engaged in the learning activities. Observations also suggest that children seemed to learn more easily through hands-on activities and by listening to stories.

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ISBN Print: 978-1-4503-9955-5
Pages: 372 - 376
DOI: 10.1145/3569219.3569390
Host publication: Proceedings of the 25th International Academic Mindtrek Conference
Conference: International Academic Mindtrek Conference
Type of Publication: A4 Article in conference proceedings
Field of Science: 222 Other engineering and technologies
113 Computer and information sciences
Funding: This study was funded by Academy of Finland (Make-a-Difference project Grant #324685, Participatory AI with Schoolchildren project Grant #340603, Making sense of ‘technology protagonism’ project Grant #351584). This research is connected to the GenZ project, a strategic profiling project in human sciences at the University of Oulu, supported by the Academy of Finland (Grant #318930) and the University of Oulu.
Academy of Finland Grant Number: 324685
Detailed Information: 324685 (Academy of Finland Funding decision)
340603 (Academy of Finland Funding decision)
351584 (Academy of Finland Funding decision)
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