COVID has accelerated the shift to digital, compressing what would likely have been a decade of incremental change into just a few weeks. There are two distinct digital skills gaps — basic and advanced – and we know that narrowing both will be vitally important to the UK’s and London’s recovery, which is why we are tackling them in different ways. […]Read More Two ways that we’re helping London bridge the digital skills divide
‘You can’t stop the wave, but you can learn to surf.’ – Jon Kabat-Zinn The pandemic has brought about a huge surge in unemployment and those who were already facing systemic hurdles have been hardest hit. Young people and women have felt the devastating shockwaves of COVID-19. The unprecedented economic fallout has made the government […]Read More How to ensure that the future of work is fair and inclusive for all?
This opinion piece is part of Reinventing Schools for the Future and was originally published on Nesta, a global innovation foundation. For so long in education, reliance on rigid testing methods has led to an overemphasis on academic achievement at the expense of our children’s wellbeing. Some of the most valuable aspects of education are […]Read More Can we build a more inclusive education system as part of our recovery from the pandemic?
We live in a world driven by automation.They call it the 4th industrial revolution. Education system needs a transformation.Schools want to teach empathy & collaboration. China and Japan, once leaders in memorisation,Have now reversed this to skills in innovation. We live in a knowledge economy with AI adoption & data proliferation. The irony is that […]Read More UK Finally Acts to Prevent a Lost Generation
Exam results days ought to be days of celebration. The culmination of countless hours of hard work, excitement over the future and congratulatory Tweets from MP’s that no one getting their results will read. For those of us working on improving diversity in technology, results day has become a significantly less joyous occasion. In large […]Read More Gender Diversity in Computer Science Education
It was a privilege to be invited to the APPG AI evidence meeting, chaired by Stephen Metcalfe and Lord Tim Clement-Jones, this week at the House of Lords. Sir Anthony Seldon, Professor Rose Luckin, Priya Lakhani, and I gave evidence on how artificial intelligence (AI) tools can be used to improve learner experience, teaching practice and education system design. Commonly referred to […]Read More How artificial intelligence tools can be used to improve education
In 2018, I submitted written evidence by Nesta to the Education Select Committee on the fourth industrial revolution inquiry. The evidence was on how best to prepare young people for future opportunities brought about by technological change and ensure lifelong learning. I was excited about my first appearance in UK Parliament for an oral evidence, along with Prof. Rose Luckin and Brian […]Read More Reflections on AI in Education and looking forward to 2019
In the business world, we often hear these false dichotomies: Profit vs sustainability Work vs life Machine vs human Similarly in the education sector, we hear these debates: Knowledge vs skills Attainment vs character Consistency vs creativity These false dilemmas lead to polarisation. We need to move away from black and white thinking […]Read More False Dichotomies
Last week, I was at Xavier Institute of Management & Entrepreneurship (XIME) in Bangalore and Chennai. It was inspiring to meet Prof. J Philip, founder and President of XIME, former Dean of XLRI Xavier School of Management and ex-Director of Indian Institute of Management Bangalore. He shared his story of why and how he became […]Read More Entrepreneurship and Leadership
Education has remained the same over the centuries. Formal structures in schools and universities have followed the “sage on a stage” and “assembly line” models. We see industries like transportation, e-commerce, media, consumer electronics, and healthcare being disrupted by Artificial Intelligence (AI). Would Education be the next big opportunity? Given that education is the foundation that […]Read More AI in Education – Digital Revolution Still Needs Humans