Introduction to Artificial Intelligence

Title: Introduction to Artificial Intelligence

Year level 5-6 or 7-8

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In this lesson we will introduce AI, what it is and what it can be used for, looking at one specific example.

Suggested steps

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  1. Set up the scene. A future spacecraft is controlled by a computer called HAL which has made a mistake—something which this artificial intelligence should never do. The human crew decide to disconnect the AI and complete the mission manually. Watch the 2001 Space Odyssey excerpt on YouTube here (3 minutes)
  2. Ask students to discuss why this may be relevant.
  3. Ask what aspects of modern cameras are shown here?


[Add discussion points to unpack Digital Technology concepts related to the task

  • Discuss some examples of this in the Digital World such as Siri, Google Maps, Facebook face recognition and China’s surveillance regime.

Why is this relevant?

Artificial Intelligence is the creation of machines to mimic human capabilities”


Link these to algorithms and data analysis making mention of Computer Vision and Natural Language Processing (NLP) which will be covered in later lessons


Formative assessment will be conducted by interactions with the student groups while they conduct their discussion and an exit ticket asking for 3 things they have learnt in this lesson.

Curriculum links

Links with the Digital Technologies curriculum area


Year band

Strand Content description
Years 5–6 Knowledge and Understanding

Examine the main components of common digital systems (ACTDIK014)

Years 5–6

Years 7–8

Processes and Production Skills Explain how existing information systems are sustainable and meet current and future local community needs (ACTDIP021)

Evaluate how existing information systems meet needs, are innovative, and take account of future risks and sustainability (ACTDIP031

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Year band

Learning area Content description
Years [6–8]   Make connections between students’ own experiences and those of characters and events represented in texts drawn from different historical, social and cultural contexts (ACELT1613)

Explore the ways that ideas and viewpoints in literary texts drawn from different historical, social and cultural contexts may reflect or challenge the values of individuals and groups (ACELT1626)


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