What’s Next in Education: World Quantum Day and AI Recognition Days

April 09, 2024

Nneka McGee

Ed.D. in Curriculum and Instruction

The rise of generative artificial intelligence (AI) has caused many stakeholders to ponder the future of education while seeking pathways toward deeper understanding. There is a focus on what’s next in education: quantum computing and the continued expansion of AI in education. Organizers have developed special recognition days, similar to the Hour of Code spearheaded by Code.org, to bring attention to these transformative areas of computer science. One goal is to make complex topics accessible to anyone interested in learning more.

World Quantum Day | April 14

Quantum computing is an emerging field, and many educators are beginning to explore how the field will impact education. The National Quantum Initiative explains that quantum mechanics, the basis for quantum computing, “is the science of atoms and particles – the building blocks of the world.” To support growing interest, World Quantum Day will be held on April 14 each year. For educators, World Quantum Day is part of a larger effort, QuanTime, which provides lessons and activities for educators who want to introduce quantum mechanics to students.

Suggested activities include participating in virtual or in-person events, visiting a quantum laboratory or scheduling a visit with a quantum scientist. Several websites are available to learn more about quantum mechanics, quantum computing and World Quantum Day:

National AI Literacy Day | April 19

Educators continue to grapple with AI integration in elementary schools, secondary schools and institutions of higher learning. AI literacy involves developing skills and capacity to use it effectively in learning environments and in a society increasingly influenced by AI and automation. Organizers have deemed National AI Literacy Day as a “call to action” to encourage participation from families, students, educators and community leaders.

This year’s National AI Literacy Day focuses on a central question: What is AI? There are resources available for full day activities, professional development and live events nationwide. More information on National AI Literacy Day is available on the official website.

Day of AI | May 13

Day of AI features resources from the Massachusetts Institute of Technology (MIT) Responsible AI for Social Empowerment and Education (RAISE). Participants from around the world participate in this day-long celebration featuring presentations, hands-on activities and AI-related curriculum for students in elementary through high school. Organizers curated free activities that are accessible to everyone “regardless of background” or level of AI proficiency. To access materials, participants must register at DayofAI.org. Some of the activities include:

  • What is AI?
  • An introduction to ChatGPT
  • Design a robot for social good
  • Train a computer to play a video game

If you are an educator interested in learning more about what’s next, World Quantum Day, National AI Literacy Day and Day of AI can offer a glimpse into the future of education.

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Disclaimer: The views and opinions expressed in this article are those of the author and do not necessarily reflect the official policy or position of American College of Education.
Nneka McGee
Nneka McGee, Ed.D. in Curriculum and Instruction

Dr. Nneka J. McGee is an innovative educator, researcher and advocate dedicated to creating and promoting pathways that provide students access and opportunities to navigate a future driven by automation and artificial intelligence. Prior to earning her Ed.D. at American College of Education, Nneka obtained a bachelor’s degree in English, a master’s degree in curriculum and instruction and a juris doctorate. As part of her doctoral studies, she researched the experiences of K-12 teachers implementing or planning to implement artificial intelligence in classroom learning environments. She is a sought-after speaker on artificial intelligence in education and has shared her work as a panelist or presenter at national, state, regional and local conferences. Nneka is a proud member of HAKing Innovation’s Board of Directors, a non-profit, social impact organization on a mission to create a community of technical talent by exposing students to STEM experiences. She also serves as an AI practitioner advisory board member for the Engage AI Institute and was selected as an EdSAFE AI Alliance Fellow.

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