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 →

# What Will AI Do for Students and Teachers?

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 →

# What educators must learn from IBM’s ‘betrayal of science’

There are two versions of mathematics. The first is the mathematics of schooling, a collection of closed problems and hard truths to be learned for exams. We’ve all experienced it, few of us have enjoyed or excelled at it. The second version is a more open, beautiful and empowering representation of the subject, often the... Continue Reading →

# You weren’t bad at maths — you just weren’t looking at it the right way

What does mathematics look like to you? Do you see a wondrous landscape filled with connected ideas, or a sprawling mess of symbols? The distinction matters a great deal, because your mathematical worldview is inextricablytied to your success in the subject. We are all familiar with the multiplication grid, a centrepiece of classrooms and home... Continue Reading →

# Mathematics without history is soulless

π through the ages I devoted some of my vacation to perusing the Rhind papyrus. It makes for fascinating reading. Dated 1650 BC (and now housed in the British Museum), this five-metre long scroll captures the rich mathematical legacy of Egypt. The pyramids of Giza stand tall as testimony to the Egyptians’ amazing skill and temperament... Continue Reading →

# Primary teaching is bloody difficult

When I ran classes for Oxford maths undergraduates, I thought I’d reached the pinnacle of teaching. I was tasked with educating some of brightest minds in society, and delivered my lessons with a vigour that is rarely seen in the hallowed halls of the Oxford Mathematical Institute. My students were engaged and showed clear signs... Continue Reading →