Digital Inclusion: Learn about algorithmic discrimination and take a stand!

In This Edition:

  • What is Algorithmic Discrimination — 

  • Resources about algorithms and bias for the classroom — 

  • In-person Professional Learning: Create with Canva — 
  • Shortcut: The Accessibility Assistant Shortcut.

Hey, Vampires! 🦇

It is 🌈 Inclusion Awareness Week, and a great opportunity for us to delve deeper into the field of digital inclusion and bias.

Have you heard of “algorithmic discrimination” before?

It’s a thing…so much so that The White House brings it up in their recently released “Actions to Promote Responsible AI Innovation that Protects Americans’ Rights and Safety.

Below, let’s take a look at some resources to gain insight into the issue, and maybe even raise awareness in classrooms as opportunities arise.assrooms as opportunities arise.

PROFESSIONAL LEARNING

Algorithmic Discrimination: What is it?

To start, let’s look at the definition from The White House:

Algorithmic discrimination occurs when automated systems contribute to unjustified different treatment or impacts disfavoring people based on their race, color, ethnicity, sex (including pregnancy, childbirth, and related medical conditions, gender identity, intersex status, and sexual orientation), religion, age, national origin, disability, veteran status, genetic information, or any other classification protected by law. 

Algorithmic discrimination alters the digital experiences of individuals from varied racial backgrounds, and has tangible effects on their lives, according to this Being Black Online, a video series that we want to highlight today.

These videos delve into the experiences of Black individuals and the repercussions of digital bias, with challenges related to censorship, monitoring, and biased facial recognition, for example.

Here is the introductory video, and one we think would serve as a great provocation in class:

Why does it matter for us?

As educators, being aware of algorithmic discrimination is crucial due to the significant influence algorithms have across topics such as standardized testing, and college admissions, for example.

Biases within algorithms can unintentionally perpetuate and even amplify existing societal inequalities, often disadvantaging underrepresented or marginalized groups. 

So, it’s vital to understand and fix these biases to make sure technology promotes fairness and includes everyone.

To delve deeper into these issues, read these articles:

🔖 Rise of AI Puts Spotlight on Bias in Algorithms (WSJ)

🔖  Biased Algorithms Are Easier to Fix Than Biased People (NYTimes)

RESOURCES FOR THE CLASSROOM

Teaching algorithmic bias in K-12 classrooms requires age-appropriate resources that, let’s face it, can be hard to find. 

With the younger grades, we can start by introducing the concept of algorithms. 

🚀 Find here some options to get you started, and don’t forget that our Digital Learning Coaches are always eager to step in and help! 

Get in touch with either Troy or Sarah to co-plan and co-teach one of these lessons. 

PROFESSIONAL LEARNING SESSIONS

Create with Canva – Thu, Oct 12, with Sarah H ⤵️

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Join Sarah H in the ES Makerspace for ‘Create with Canva’ on Thursday 12th October from 3:15 – 4pm. Add this event to your calendar. Make sure you are part of the AISB Canva world before you arrive.

SHORTCUT

Have you explored the Shortcuts App in Mac yet? If not, this could become your new favorite time-saving thing.

Today, in the spirit of embracing diversity, check out how to enable the Accessibility Assistant shortcut.