Topic: What is AI and how can it be used

Objectives & Outcomes

  • Students will be able to define AI and understand the different types of AI and their functions.


  • Handouts with definitions and examples of different types of AI (e.g. natural language processing, machine learning, artificial neural networks)
  • Computers or tablets for the students to experiment with AI techniques


  • Ask the students if they have heard of AI before and if they know what it is. Write their responses on the board.
  • Have the students brainstorm a list of tasks that humans typically do easily but that computers have difficulty with, such as driving a car, recognizing emotions, and playing games like chess and go.

Direct Instruction

  • Explain that artificial intelligence (AI) is the field of research that aims to create computers that are capable of human-like intelligence.
  • Discuss the different approaches to AI, such as rule-based systems, expert systems, and neural networks.
  • Introduce the concept of machine learning and explain how it is being used to improve AI, including in areas such as speech recognition and natural language processing.

Guided Practice

  • Have students work in pairs to complete a mini-project on a specific AI technique, such as rule-based systems or expert systems. Give each pair a specific AI-related topic and provide them with materials such as handouts, articles, and online videos.
  • Have students present their mini-projects to the class and lead a class discussion on the topic.

Independent Practice

  • Have students work on a project-based assignment where they apply one or more AI techniques to a real-world problem. For example, they could use AI to predict sports results, create an AI system to play computer games, or design an automat-ed guidance system for a self-driving car.
  • Provide students with materials such as handouts, articles, and online videos to support their projects.


  • Review the key concepts and ideas covered in the lesson.
  • Ask students to share their project-based assignments and discuss the challenges and successes they experienced.
  • Reflect on the importance and potential applications of AI in our daily lives.


  • Observe students during the class discussion and project-based activity to assess their understanding of the topic.
  • Evaluate students' written summaries for accuracy and completeness.
  • Conduct a quiz or written assessment to assess students' knowledge of the concepts outlined in the lesson.

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