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Let's up our AI game
After a glorious 12 days touring Florida (and 2 weeks touring England and Wales
before that) I want to share with you some of the themes of hope that educators
from all stages of education are talking about.
Then I want to help you up your AI game by introducing you to 5 AI tools you
can find in Canva and the brand new conversation AI called Pi.
This week I am spending time with my family in a place where Scotland, England
and the North Sea meet, Berwick-Upon-Tweed 👇
Have a great week and thank you for reading.
If you need me I'm at [email protected].
Dan Fitzpatrick - The AI Educator ✌️
Four hopes for AI from educators in the USA and UK
As the sun set over the endless Florida skies, I found myself reflecting on the
whirlwind of conversations and ideas I'd encountered on my tour across the
At the start of my travels, I was struck by the bold ambitions of the
Alliance Summit. There, educators and industry leaders
gathered to discuss the transformative potential of STEM in education. We
envisioned a world where AI could help students gain the skills they need to
succeed in an increasingly digital and automated world. And yet, there were
also questions about the impact AI could have on core knowledge and the human
touch in learning. As I continued my journey, I visited other communities and
institutions that were grappling with the potential and pitfalls of AI in
On my travels, I met Lyndse, Senior Director for Innovation and Technology
at Orlando Economic
Partnership. She spoke passionately about the need to
prepare workers for the future, and the role of AI in providing opportunities
for upskilling and retraining. Lyndse's insights were inspiring, but they also
brought to light the challenges of ensuring that everyone has equal access to
When I reached Florida Southwestern
College in Fort Myers, I was welcomed by Anna and Heather
to the inviting ambience of academia and innovation. Stepping to the podium to
share my thoughts, I felt the thrill of being part of an institution that is
not just talking about AI, but also actively working to incorporate it into
their curriculum and systems. This isn’t just a tech-savvy school, but a
visionary pioneer. I was introduced to a team of bold leaders, each with their
own unique perspective on the integration of AI into education.
Finally, I was invited my L.Michelle in Tallahassee to record a PBS
TV show to audience of educators who were keen to learn
everything they could about how to use AI.
At every turn, I was struck by the possibilities of AI, but also the
complexities. These are the four main themes I encountered when I spoke to
educators about their hopes for AI:
Theme 1: AI as a bridge between education and industry
As artificial intelligence becomes more prevalent in the workplace, it will be
crucial for education systems to form closer ties with industries in order to
adequately prepare students.
Schools need to understand how AI is changing and will change various fields so
they can update their curriculum and teaching methods accordingly. Educators
should collaborate with technology companies and other employers to identify
the skills students will require to thrive in the future economy. This will
involve placing greater emphasis on adaptability, creative thinking, and
Schools should work with businesses to provide internships, apprenticeships,
and other applied learning opportunities. These experiences will give students
practical knowledge and familiarity with emerging technologies like AI. To send
graduates into a workforce transformed by intelligent machines, education
systems must tap into industries' expertise in these areas.
Fostering strong partnerships will enable schools to evolve so students gain
both the hard and soft skills necessary to have successful careers in the age
Theme 2: AI as a tool for upskilling the workforce
As the job market rapidly evolves due to technological advances, it is crucial
that the workforce adapt and gain new skills.
AI presents exciting upskilling opportunities that can empower employees and
organisations. For example, intelligent tutoring systems can provide
personalised, adaptive training to workers looking to expand their skillsets.
These AI systems will assess the learner's strengths and weaknesses to deliver
Rather than fearing AI as a job-stealing adversary, we must embrace it as an
empowering partner that can provide the necessary training and skills to meet
society's evolving needs.
Chatbots and virtual assistants can also serve as always-available coaches that
guide employees through new processes and procedures on-demand. Additionally,
AI-driven recruiting and talent management tools help identify skill gaps
across the workforce and suggest targeted training. By leveraging data and
algorithms, these solutions accurately map the skills employees need against
AI has huge potential to democratise learning and enable agile, continuous
Theme 3: AI as a tool for engaging students
AI can analyse each student's interests, learning preferences and pace, AI
tutors will design customised learning experiences that are uniquely engaging
for each learner. No longer limited by a rigid, one-size-fits-all curriculum,
students can pursue their passions and receive targeted support in struggling
Generative AI will also boost learning that extends beyond the confines of the
traditional classroom. For example, immersive simulated environments to
transport students to any time and place imaginable - from experiencing
Shakespearean England to exploring the surface of Mars. Virtual field trips
make learning interactive and experiential.
Additionally, generative AI can empower students to take agency over their own
learning. AI tools can help students set personalised goals, reflect on
progress, and gain meta-cognitive skills for self-directed lifelong learning.
Education powered by generative AI can be truly learner-centred, meeting each
student where they are and guiding them to growth. By making education more
engaging, flexible, and personalised, generative AI has immense potential to
unleash human curiosity and potential
Theme 4: AI as a catalyst for English and Maths educatiox
Even with advanced AI systems now available, foundational skills in English and
Maths remain essential for students.
While AI can generate text and perform calculations, it lacks true
comprehension without human guidance. Proficiency in English is still needed to
clearly communicate ideas, analyse texts, and understand nuance. Maths skills
like arithmetic, algebra, and quantitative reasoning allow people to solve
real-world problems, interpret data meaningfully, and make logical decisions.
These skills empower individuals to use AI wisely and critically.
The COVID-19 pandemic disrupted many students' learning of core English and
Maths skills. AI-powered educational tools can help close these gaps.
Intelligent tutoring systems provide step-by-step explanations to improve
By making learning more engaging and accessible, AI can amplify teachers'
efforts in developing crucial English and math skills, especially for students
who need extra support after the challenges of the pandemic.
What are your hopes? If they are different I'd love to hear them.
Tag me in them on social media.
🔓 5 Canva Tools To Unlock Your AI Journey
a suite of AI-powered tools that can help you create stunning designs quickly
To help you get to grips with 5 of them I have created this brief video
tutorial (Click the video image below to watch it). This is what's included:
- Magic Write
02:24 - Convert to
03:46 - Text to Image
06:15 - Magic Design
09:36 - D-ID AI
💬 Pi - a different kind of AI?
Inflection has created Pi, a new kind of generative AI chatbot.
Launched by Mustafa Suleyman, former DeepMind co-founder, Reid Hoffman and a
co-founder of OpenAI and LInkedIn. Pi AI offers conversations and advice. It's
designed to simulate natural discussions, provide valuable advice and
recommendations, and present swift facts on an extensive range of topics.
Suleyman described Pi as a digital companion that combines high IQ with
substantial EQ (emotional intelligence). The AI is positioned to assist with
learning, decision-making, or just engaging in interactive conversation.