The following is a transcript from a talk I gave at the Innovate EdTech conference, November 12 2017. Thank you, it’s a pleasure to be here. I am Junaid, I’m a mathematician and so I like to start my talks with numbers. I can tell you there are only 4400 words separating us all from... Continue Reading →
The hype is never far away from Artificial Intelligence. Back in 1953, Marvin Minsky, a founding father of AI, declared: “We’re going to make machines intelligent. We are going to make them conscious,” to which his contemporary Douglas Engelbart replied: “you’re going to do all that for the machines? What are you going to do... Continue Reading →
As the quest for strong AI unfolds, are we losing our grip on human intelligence? You are in a closed room. A passer by slips a sheet under the door containing a list of questions written in Chinese. The bad news is that you do not understand a word of Chinese (only you know this).... Continue Reading →
Education technology has a public relations problem. In a space where words carry wide currency, our choice of language matters. That’s why I’m troubled by Artificial Intelligence (AI). At a time when educators need assurances that digital innovations will work for them, the fundamental premise of this technology may imply just the opposite. The term... Continue Reading →
It is decision time for educators. As the new academic year looms large, teachers and school administrators can expect to be bombarded with the latest EdTech products. Promises abound of how these shiny new innovations support lesson planning, enrich instruction and raise achievement (often all at once). Before setting your purse strings loose, you take... Continue Reading →
There is a human story behind every adaptive tutoring journey. During a recent school visit, I was challenged by the principal to find the story behind his star math student (who we’ll call Joshua). As I scanned through Joshua’s learning analytics, I quickly gleaned from his usage patterns that this is a student with a... Continue Reading →
Back in April, I delivered a talk at a Harvard Alumni Conference for graduates of the International Education Policy master's programme. It was somewhere between my first attempt at a TED talk and an introduction to my work at Whizz. The full transcript is available here.
Education is innately cultural. The way we learn is shaped by our environment, our experiences and our belief systems. The EdTech community, for all its promises of personalised learning, has not yet matured to grasp all that this term entails. Instead it throws algorithms and data at Education in the vain hope that every child’s... Continue Reading →