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Have you ever considered using Artificial Intelligence A.I. for common issues in our life, such as health and self-development? What about using it to help save animals? Or perhaps using A.I. to control users' privacy? In other words, how can A.I. be used to promote the common good in global societies? Four High Schools engaged in the project: Butler Tech in the USA, Portão Tech in Brazil,Taekwang High and Jeonmin High in Korea, accepted this challenge and designed their own prototype plans based on A.I. and machine learning to promote the common good.

Students’ mission to design tools to make people's lives better started with in-depth research to understand the main implications that A.I. has in our lives. This endeavor was only possible by exchanging information and feedback on each others’ work through IVECA Virtual Classroom.

Students analyzed current A.I. applications in the United States, Korea, and Brazil, and counterbalanced the ethical issues related to privacy and the pros of having augmented reality in their countries. After learning areas that needed improvement in each country, students organized themselves to design tools to help overcome those issues. Young Kim and his group from Taekwang High, designed an A.I. tool to help teenagers who suffer from mental health. Amanda and her partner from Portão Tech created an app that helps to locate lost dogs in the cities of Brazil and find them a new family.

By analyzing the current uses of A.I. and identifying possible ways to implement augmented reality, students realized that people must maintain an analytical view of A.I. and its use. Sam Lairson and his group members from Butler Tech High School expressed their reasoning: "A.I. is a growing technology with many positive benefits but also some downsides. It's important that we take good care of A.I. because it is our future".

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On June 3rd, smiles and cheers reflected virtually between sixth-grade classes from Colégio Americano Del Sur in Guatemala and Eunjin Elementary School in Korea. The students were filled with curiosity and enchantment as they met their partners for their first live class, after a two-month-long collaborative partnership provided by #IVECA International Virtual Schooling.

During this much anticipated live class, students presented their research on different types of geological formations in their countries and how these landforms influence people’s lives both economically and socially. This learning exchange that started asynchronously culminated in a deep discussion in which participants asked questions and analyzed similarities and differences among all the different ways of life in Guatemala and Korea.

Ms.O’Neal and Ms. Kim, social studies and homeroom teachers, were able to assess their students’ performance during the project in different ways including presentation skills, the subject content, inquire-base research and the development of intercultural competence. IVECA had been pleased to support these two schools and appreciate all participants who work with passion to transform a simple geography lesson into a life-changing experience.

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On June 12 during the IVECA Virtual Live class, students from Hanil High School in Korea and Maria Luiza Formozinho Ribeiro Public School in Brazil shared plans to improve their communities and implement United Nations Sustainable Development Goal (SDGs) #16 (Peace, Justice and Strong Institutions) and the defined Target Indicators. Students from both schools began their learning experience by researching current community needs and analyzing problems their countries face. The students hey brainstormed ideas for a solution enlighten by SDG #4 (Quality Education) and #17 (Partnerships for the Goals).

Following these research components, both classes conducted an in-depth discussion about their plans, shared feedback and learned how to improve their ideas. Throughout this Live Class, students helped each other understand how important it is to collaboratively explore solutions and ideas with other cultures. They also realized that several problems are shared by both countries but each deals with them in different ways.

Both Korean and Brazilian students expressed their joy of learning and hope for future collaboration through IVECA. Students’ learning experience was reflected through the closing remarks of teachers and principals from both schools. Principal from Hanil High School, Mr.Young-ui Kim demonstrated great support to the project and encouraged participants, saying:

It is you, the young generation, that will grow into persons in positions to change the world in the future, and I see a bright future ahead of us after seeing you engage in this program throughout the semester.”

Brazilian Teacher Mr. Diego shared great enthusiasm as he conducting a Live Class for the first time:

The Live Class is an unforgettable experience. Our students were able to get to know the SDGs, analyze the problems in our country in search of solutions. Furthermore, they were able to analyze problems and solutions in South Korea as well, which develops empathy, respect, and companionship that humanity needs so much!”

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