AI Hub

This AI Hub provides information and resources on artificial intelligence and how it can benefit and support users, as well the current limitations and concerns about its use.

What is Artificial Intelligence?

Artificial Intelligence (AI) refers to the development of computer systems that can perform tasks that typically require human intelligence. It involves creating algorithms – a list of rules or steps – that are used by computers to analyse, understand, and respond to information.

While AI systems can process and analyse large amounts of data to recognise patterns and make predictions, they are not able to think and understand context like humans can.

AI has been around since the 1950s and has evolved over the decades, but has seen rapid and significant progress in recent years.


What is the impact?

AI has been an established part of day-to-day tasks for some time. Virtual assistants like Siri, Alexa, and Google Assistant use AI to understand and respond to our voice commands; AI algorithms power recommendation systems on platforms like Netflix, Amazon, and YouTube; Social media platforms use AI algorithms to curate your newsfeed, showing you content based on your interests, engagement, and connections; and mapping systems like Google Maps use AI to provide real time traffic updates.


AI is evolving quickly, with new advancements and applications being developed that have the potential to impact on our lives. This brings opportunities, but also concerns about how to safely and ethically navigate the online world.

What are the benefits of AI?

Can provide tailored responses

Can process vast amounts of data

Can help with generating ideas

Can improve efficiency

Can help research and innovation

What are the limitations of AI?

Responses may be biased, inaccurate or harmful

Information requires checks

New challenges may emerge

Data privacy and security

Ethical concerns around its use

AI in Education

Artificial Intelligence systems and tools are already part of our everyday lives. As AI continues to evolve, it is important to be aware of the benefits and the risks it can have in teaching and learning. 


This technology has the potential to transform education, so it is important for educators and students to understand how to ethically, critically and positively engage with AI in order to make the most of its potential. It’s important to note that AI can compliment, but not replace a teachers’ expertise. The human element a teacher brings to the classroom will still be crucial to fostering meaningful learning experiences.

Supporting Information and Resources

Explainer Guides



All Aboard for DigiTown – Activity 24: Understanding Facial Recognition

This activity will help 9 to 12 year-olds to understanding impact of artificial intelligence and importance of critical judgment about technical applications; recognising digital technology in everyday tools and objects; reflecting on social practices and conventions; analysing information and reasoning to express an opinion.

Artificial Intelligence – 5 Considerations for Teachers

This useful infographic outlines some useful considerations for teachers in the use of AI.

Other Resources

European Commission Ethical Guidelines AI

Ethical Guidelines on the Use of AI and Data in Teaching and Learning for Educators

The European Commission has published guidelines to address how AI is used in schools, to support teachers and students in their teaching and learning, and to support administrative tasks in educational settings. 

AI in My Life

AI in My Life

Artificial intelligence (AI) is one of the most transformative innovations of our time. While AI offers substantial benefits to individuals and society, it has major implications for privacy, ethics and security.

The ADAPT Centre offers a free modular workshop programme to help Transition Year (TY) students navigate the Age of AI successfully and safely.

Everywhere all the time (1)

Everywhere, all the time

A Digital Literacy intervention that will help in fostering critical conversations about technology, AI and their impacts. Developed by Tactical Tech’s youth initiative What the Future Wants, this learning experience equips educators, librarians and anyone working with youth aged 13-19 with a set of engaging and innovative digital literacy resources and methods that can be used in both formal and informal learning environments.

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