Personalised Learning: Is Edtech up to it? (transcript)

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 →

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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 →

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 →

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