On this episode, reimaginED senior writer Lisa Buie talks with Amy Heflin, senior manager for STEM curriculum at Florida Virtual School. Heflin discusses a new high school course program in artificial intelligence and how it will offer students a foundational knowledge of AI and its applications.
Her interview comes a day after FLVS, the nation’s first statewide internet-based virtual school, unveiled its first course, AI in the World, which is part of a progression of industry-focused classes that also include courses in hospitality and entrepreneurship.
“We try to impress upon students that studying AI requires analytical, critical thinking skills, things that we use on a daily basis, and that can be useful in any field. Learning about AI will help students develop their problem-solving abilities. They’ll become better equipped to handle complex issues.”
Topics and hands-on activities covered in the course
The types of students for whom the course is designed
The role that University of Florida faculty members played in developing the curriculum
How the course fits into FLVS’s overall computer science program, which includes a new AP computer science principles course
Heflin’s desire to help students embrace AI rather than fear it
A sneak peek at the next AI course, Applications for Artificial Intelligence
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