The data indicates only 32% of UK children use AI for learning, compared to 43% in Austria, the current front-runner. Furthermore, a mere 6% of UK students are being taught about the technology.
As educators, we must reflect on the potential of AI to individualise learning. Personalised content, driven by AI, could cater to different learning needs, rates of absorption, and even preferences, all the while maintaining the vital social aspect of schools.
Despite the low percentage of children being taught about AI, the report shows that students recognise its importance: 70% of 14-16 year-olds express a desire for greater technology incorporation into the curriculum. Students are aware of the growing role of AI in society and the future job market.
The survey further uncovers a hunger for more adaptive learning, with 59% of 14-16 year-olds stating it's important for schools to increase their use of it in the next five years. They acknowledge how AI can enhance their learning efficiency, cultivate creativity, and prepare them for a future saturated with technology.
Parental consensus echoes these sentiments: 87% agree that teachers should be proficient in utilising digital technology in the classroom. Their expectation is clear - they believe in the necessity of an upgraded curriculum that equips teachers with digital skills to facilitate tech-integrated learning.
The report sends a clear message: It's time for UK education to fully embrace AI and its potential. It's not merely about preparing students for the future job market; it's about equipping them to comprehend and navigate an increasingly AI-driven world. It's a call to action that the education sector must heed. The time to integrate AI into the curriculum is now.