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AI Quiz

Integrating Digital Technologies
Years 5-6; 7-8

AI has the potential to transform industries and impact on our way of life on many different levels; socially, in the workplace, as a community and more broadly on a national and even global level. Ideally AI systems benefit everyone in society. As with any technology, its development and use requires us to draw on ethical understandings to ensure the most favourable outcomes are delivered.

This lesson provides an opportunity for students to draw on their ethical understanding when asked to respond to different scenarios. The scenarios feature information systems that incorporate an AI application. Students are given four options to select which one they believe to be the ‘right’ thing to do. Students develop a set of guidelines for ethical AI development.

This lesson was developed in collaboration with the Digital Technologies Institute.


Image credit: Image: geralt/Pixabay

Preliminary notes

Key terms

Learning map and outcomes

Adapt this learning map to suit your student’s needs. For example for students at Year 6, a learning map might look like:

Learning hook

Use the thinking routine See, think, wonder for students to stimulate curiosity and to reflect on an image or video related to AI systems.

Examples may include:

Use a table for students to record their responses.

Share reflections as a class. These ideas could be recorded using an online collaboration tool such as Padlet.

What do students’ reflections reveal about their knowledge, interest, beliefs and questions that may arise about AI systems?

Learning input

Introduce ethical behaviour as a starting point to enable students to analyse and discuss AI applications that require development according to ethical principles.

Pose the question: How do we know right from wrong?

Explain that sometimes we are faced with an issue. We have to choose what is the right thing to do even though it may not always be clear at first or the outcome may not be ideal for everyone involved.

Talk through the following examples:

You see a person drop $5 in the street. Do you pick it up and keep it or chase after her to give it back?

As you go to put in your test paper you see a couple of classmates' answers which are different to yours. Do you go back and change your answers?

A new student to the school is teased about her cultural background by your group of friends. You want to say something but don't want to be excluded from the group – after all it's only teasing.

Explain the term ethical behaviour.

How might ethics be part of the development and use of AI systems? Students write a few ideas on post it notes and add them to the board. Group them under common headings.

Learning construction

Introduce scenarios to discuss ethical issues relating to AI applications using the AI quiz. Refer to the notes section for background information and question prompts.

Explain that there are no right or wrong answers; choose the response they feel is the ‘right’ thing to do.

Explain that it is a chance to apply their understanding of ethics.

As a class, view the first question together.

Provide an opportunity for students to select a response A, B, C or D.

Question 1: Facial recognition

For remaining questions covered in the quiz refer to AI quiz: discussion.

Learning demo

Use the think-pair-share strategy for students to develop a set of guidelines they think AI developers should follow.

  • Think: Individually students have 2-3 min to write down their ideas.
  • Pair: Students pair up to describe their ideas to develop at least three guidelines.
  • Share: Two pairs combine to share and build on their ideas to develop a set of guidelines.

Share students’ ideas as a class.

Learning reflection

Consider an ethical approach as doing the ‘right’ thing in all manner of situations.

Students choose three situations where they think it is important that an AI system incorporates a sound use of ethics.