Why Education needs augmented – not artificial – intelligence

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 →

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Choose your EdTech providers carefully

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 →

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 →

Humanizing Education’s Algorithms

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 →

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