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A computer can mark your homework. Its algorithms can judge what you need to learn and the best time to learn it. Its software can help to fill gaps in your knowledge. So what should we do about it?

As part of London’s EdTech Week, Nesta and its guests explored how artificial intelligence is being used in our education system now, and outlined what we need to do to harness its potential for good in the future.

This event aimed to bring together EdTech innovators, policymakers, school leaders and AI experts to work together to plan for the future.

We heard from four speakers who approached this topic from different perspectives, to share their priorities and insights as they responded to a provocation:

  1. Does AI mean evolution or revolution for our education system?
  2. Teaching is overwhelmed by administration. How will AI help?
  3. Does AI mean the death of exams?
  4. Why shouldn’t teachers be afraid of AI?

Speakers

Professor Rose Luckin

UCL Knowledge Lab

Paul Kett

Director General, Department for Education

Mohit Midha

CEO and Co-Founder, MangaHigh

Angus Reith

Computing Lead, Plymouth School of Creative Arts