New Artificial Intelligence Course at Blyth Academy!

Blyth Academy Online Artificial Intelligence CourseBlyth Academy Online is giving students the opportunity to get a head start in one of the most powerful new industries in the tech world: Artificial Intelligence. Using the versatile Interdisciplinary Studies curriculum, we teamed up an expert in the field with our most talented computer science teacher to create the first Artificial Intelligence high school credit course in Canada!

Why is Artificial Intelligence so important for students? The applications for AI in modern society are endless. AI will develop much more than just new gadgets; it will heavily influence health care, national security, and likely every form of industry in our world. While AI is advancing rapidly at the moment, commanding an average $111,118 USD salary (Glassdoor), there is still plenty of room for growth. Despite the flurry of recent progress in AI and wild prognostications about its near future, there are still many things that machines cannot do, such as understanding the nuances of language, common-sense reasoning, and learning a new skill from just one or two examples. AI software will need to master tasks like these if it is to get close to the multifaceted, adaptable, and creative intelligence of humans (Wired). For high school students, AI should be a skill, or at least an understanding, that all have when entering the workforce, or even post-secondary school.

Since AI has only recently come to the forefront for the general population, there are very few programs for high school students to get involved in. Blyth Academy Online has created the first high school credit Artificial Intelligence course in Canada, hoping to make this new field more accessible to students in Canada and around the world. In this course, students will look at AI from both a practical and philosophical standpoint. Students will learn some introductory computer programming skills using Python, a commonly used computer programming language, as well as look at the nature of AI and its implications as it moves forward and changes our society. Students will learn how to use industry-level tools to train their own AI and solve real-life problems.

We welcome students of all backgrounds to take this brand new course and take their very first steps toward an exciting career in Artificial Intelligence!

Alexander Cui, Artificial Intelligence Course Writer

Alexander Cui, Artificial Intelligence Course Writer

Alexander Cui is currently an undergraduate at the California Institute of Technology (Caltech) studying Computer Science and Machine Learning. He founded Whimmly, a startup that creates conversational A.I. for eCommerce, and created Open Mind, a Chrome extension that fights fake news, which was featured on CTV and Fox News. Alexander also founded Actout, a social justice educational organization that has taught over 600 high school and Master of Teaching students at the Ontario Institute for Studies in Education (OISE).

Stacie Down, Artificial Intelligence Course Writer and Teacher

Stacie Down, Artificial Intelligence Course Writer and Teacher

Stacie Down has a B.Sc. in Mathematics and Computer Science as well as a B.Ed. from the University of Ottawa. During this time, Stacie studied a variety of programming languages, including Prolog, an Artificial Intelligence programming language.

Stacie has been a Mathematics and Computer Science Teacher and Course Creator at Blyth Academy Online for 4 years. She has created and taught Grade 9, 12, and SAT Math as well as Grade 11 Computer Science. Stacie believes in making learning fun and interactive, while creating opportunities to make connections within the material and to the real world.

Effective March 17, 2020, Blyth Academy is remote organization in hopes of doing our part to slow the spread of COVID-19. We will be receiving all emails, phone calls, and voicemails and are dedicated to maintaining business as usual. Thank you for your continued support!

Though our doors are temporarily closed, the minds of our students will remain open. Our students will continue their academic journey through virtual classrooms, to ensure our students don’t miss out on valuable curriculum hours. Our small class sizes and individualized approach will continue in a virtual model, as will the structure that students need to be engaged and successful during the closure. Live virtual classes, office hours, guidance support and even extracurricular activities will continue through virtual tools. In these uncertain times, we believe that our students benefit greatly from the structure, social interaction and support their school provides them.

Our plans include continuing term three virtually, along with all of the usual processes for student report cards and information sharing with post-secondary institutions delivered on schedule. Planning for term four is underway with Principals and guidance staff working on finalizing courses and students’ schedules.

Blyth Academy is committed to providing students with personalized instruction and support, focusing on critical and creative thinking skills, and nurturing curiosity, innovation and student leadership. We are also committed to providing ongoing communication between the school and families.

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