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 →
Some of my earliest memories reside in Ward 4 of the Derby Children’s Hospital. At the age of eight, I was diagnosed with a chronic stomach condition that resulted in two surgeries and frequent hospital stays. These visits lasted for months at a time, through to the end of my primary years. This is not... 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 →
(Trick question: the problems with testing run much deeper) I’m hungry. I am fasting for Ramadan, with five hours to go before food and drink are back on the menu. My concentration is slipping. I’m typing words but running on empty. A small nap is in order. See you shortly. *30 minutes later* I’m back, slightly... Continue Reading →
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 →
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 →
What happened next is a sad indictment of school maths. When my 12-year-old nephew invites me over, it can only mean one thing — he needs help with his maths homework. The problem seemed simple enough: Take four copies of the number 1234. Re-arrange the digits in each number so that the four numbers sum to 9000. For instance,... 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.