AIM 4 KICK-OFF MEETING – Paris – June 2022

Author: CivicaMente – benefit Company

AIM4 starts from the Lycée Paul Valéry in Paris, which hosted all the representatives of the partnership in a context of informal enthusiasm and proactive collaboration. The sessions of the kick-off meeting served above all to put in direct contact all the individuals who had already worked closely for months to ensure that AIM4 could come to life. In addition to this, however, the meeting had and achieved the aim of establishing initial pivotal points, which entrusted each partner with specific tasks and responsibilities.

What are the fundamental decisions made during this event? First, some details relating to the timing of the project were reiterated, such as the realization of a first multiplier event in Arezzo in November 2022 (therefore a clear decision in the direction of an early dissemination strategy); together with this, the time window for the end of the project, which will be the month of December 2024, was confirmed and shared.

Operationally, important general principles were shared regarding the AI modules which, together with the online platform, represent the heart of AIM4.The modules will be structured with the purpose of overcoming the idea (and ultimately also “the pressure”) of school assessment tests that decide the future of students, in favor of approaches that are not exclusively test-based.

In this sense, therefore, AIM4 proposes the approach of an adaptive learning that self-regulates (thanks to AI) its progress according to the individual, to eventually achieve a greater number of students who reach higher levels of interaction. We could say it is a “more is more” methodology, with more students involved, and higher educational standards reached.

The Evidence B experts explained to the partners how the algorithm also adapts even when the student does not exactly respond to the expectations of the system, proposing less difficult exercises to pass to the next level, in this way we can avoid the psychological block due to a perception of an incapacity that cannot be overcome.

The AI module will include 4 objectives, 12 activities for each objective, and 3 difficulty levels, with 5 exercises for each level, for a total of approximately 180 total exercises. The difficulties of the proposed exercises adapt to the student through what are defined “dynamic comfort zones“, and from the point of view of the content these will aim at explaining what artificial intelligence is, using thought associations and interactions of different types.At the end of the experience, a dashboard identifies groups of students with homogeneous skills, and with similar pedagogical needs.

Finally, important technological details about the communication infrastructures to be designed and the relative timing were shared by the partners and a precise work plan was defined. As a last note on communication, certainly the most useful for those who want to follow the AIM4 project, the partnership has agreed on a specific hashtag to be used on social networks: #AIM4EDU.

“Helping teachers to help students”

EvidenceB is a French start-up, founded in 2017, that develops and deploys adaptive learning modules focused on fundamental knowledge, for students from primary to high school and their teachers. The resources are based on cognitive science research (how children’s brains learn), artificial intelligence (how to adjust to each individual the activity that suits them) and UX interface, to stimulate learning and intrinsic motivation of the student.
Hristo Smirnenski Primary School

Hristo Smirnenski Primary School is located in a small town in the region of Plovdiv, the second biggest town in Bulgaria.

Hristo Smirnenski Primary School is  one of the most modern schools in the region. It is recognized by Microsoft as Microsoft Innovative School. This award is given to schools that have begun the road of digital transformation using interactive Microsoft tools. The school also has an eTwinning school label. It is awarded by the National media coalition and got “Digital star” certificate for all activities carried about Media literacy and disinformation. Hristo Smirnenski has created its own strategy for developing STEM education at school. The school opened a new STEM centre where students are engaged in Lego robotics and a lot of programmable devices and robots.

Civicamente Srl – Società Benefit
Digital education company, specialized in the development of Meet & Learn platforms and in the production of digital teaching tools, with a proprietary methodological approach inspired to CSSC learning.
Cité Scolaire Paul Valéry
Paul Valéry school group ( La Cité scolaire Paul Valéry) is composed of a middle school and a high school. The school also welcomes intensive two -year post baccalaureate courses designed to prepare selected students for entry to the «Grandes Ecoles».
Our school is located in the south east of the 12th district of Paris, near the Bois de Vincennes.
There are 445 students in the middle school, and 921 students in the High school.
Paul Valéry school is well-known for its training course in cinema. It also provides students with a range of sections.
For instance in the middle school, the students can have the opportunity to join the European section ( from year 8 to year 10). There is also a swimming section ( from year 7 to year 10). Achieving excellence in sport is really important in our school. Indeed students with a good level of sports practise and registered with a sport club are given the possibility to have an adaptated school timetable. These classes are called «CHASE»: Classe à horaires aménagés sportifs d’excellence.
Moreover inclusive education is essential in our school. A «UPE2A class» has been created to welcome non-French speaking students. Thanks to this structure within our school, the students can be immersed in some regular paced French classes with the other students.
A localized unit welcomes students with special educational needs, and more specifically children with autism. This structure is called ULIS (unités localisées pour l’inclusion scolaire).
In the High School:
Paul Valéry High school offers excellence in sports with badminton and swimming sections. There are European sections in English and in Italian, training courses in Cinema and Arts. And a « UPE2A class » welcomes non-French speaking students.
Paul Valery School group is to undergo some changes in the years to come. As a matter of fact, renovation work will soon be carried out with the aim of setting up the first artificial intelligence campus in France. Our school is looking to the future. Since 2018, the Fablab has been an innovative project bringing together students of different backgrounds and ages. It has become a space dedicated to computer science, innovation, and digital creation.
Raising awareness of A.I among the public ( students, educational community, Paris inhabitants…) is the aim of this future A.I Campus.
OpenCom I.S.S.C.
Founded in 2011, OpenCom is a private social enterprise, active in non-formal and work-related training, social research and responsibility, integrated reports and sustainability reports. Our expertise is related to the elaboration of innovative training modules, which respond to the new trends of the labor market and provide youngsters with skills that foster their employability.
Over the course of the last years, OpenCom has experienced a tremendous process of growth, to the point of currently representing of the most interesting business realities at national level, as showed by the results achieved in 2018, when it has become Eurodesk Center for the Province of Arezzo.
Laboratoire Techné
Agrupamento de Escolas
de Montemor-o-Novo

The Agrupamento de Escolas de Montemor-o-Novo includes all schools in the municipality: 8 kindergardens, 13 primary schools, 2 middle to high schools, with a total of 261 teachers and 1721 learners.

Our mission is to provide quality education that ensures equal opportunities to all our learners, allowing them to become active and capable citizens, that value learning as an asset for life. We are a certified eTwinning, Eco and Blue School and an Erasmus + accredited organization.

Regional school office of Toscany

The Regional school office of Toscany is a branch of the Ministry of education at regional level. In turn, at local level, it is organised into offices called Territorial areas. Its main task is to act as a link between national policies and the autonomous educational institutions in the territory. The Regional school office:

  • takes care of the implementation, within the territorial sphere of its competence, of the national policies for students;
  • supervises the compliance with general education standards and essential levels of performance, the implementation of school systems, the levels of effectiveness of training and the compliance with planned standards;
  • verifies the effectiveness of the activities carried out by schools and evaluates on what extent schools have put their three-year educational offer plan into practice.
  • coordinates the initial and in-service training of teachers and headmasters.