Personal networks

Q1 Life Online STEP 2: AI Chatbots

14. Social Networking
Screenshot of the a robot waving at a girl looking at a laptop where she is chatting online with the chatbot.


Social Networks and Chatbots: As you interact with your online community you may meet and use Chatbots, or perhaps you have already encountered them. It is important to understand what a Chatbot is, a bit about how they are created and programmed to seem so human-like. and if the information they provide might be biased, incomplete, or inaccurate. 

Questions: Why are chatbots designed to sound so human-like, and how can they impact our everyday lives? Could the information a chatbot provides be biased, incomplete, or inaccurate? Use your critical thinking skills as you learn more about a Chatbot.

Chatbots Lesson: The activities and videos for the Step 2 and Step 3 pages are part of the AI Literacy lesson resources for grades 6-12.

Lesson Objectives

  • Define what AI chatbots are and how they work.
  • Understand why AI chatbots are intentionally designed to sound like people.
  • Reflect upon the potential impacts of AI chatbots in our lives.


1. Copy or download the Student Handout (Designing AI Chatbots 2-part Active Viewing Guide) 

2. Open the slideshow (to share with the entire class) for discussion and an introduction  (Slideshow: Grades 6-12 - AI Literacy - AI Chatbots: Who's Behind the Screen)

  • Slide 8 directs students to refer to and use the Student Handout.
  • The video on Slide 9 is embedded on the right. Direct link to the video on YouTube (3:21)
  • Continue with the Slideshow and directions to complete Part 2 of the student handout, and end with Slide 19.
  • Further discussion and self-reflections about Chatbots might be helpful.

MITECS  Michigan Integrated Technology Competencies for Students, and

ISTE Standards for Students

1. Empowered Learner
a. Articulate and set personal learning goals when appropriate and to make choices on how to meet them, develop strategies using technology to achieve them and reflect on the learning process. 
d. Understand the fundamental concepts (basics) of technology operations, demonstrate the ability to choose, use and troubleshoot current technologies and are able to transfer their knowledge to explore emerging technologies

2. Digital Citizen
a. Cultivate and manage their digital identity and reputation and are aware of the permanence of their actions in the digital world
b. Engage in positive, safe, legal and ethical behavior when using technology
c. Manage their personal data to maintain digital privacy and security