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This week I have for you:
- Article: Competition is a great motivator
- Video: Competition is a great motivator
- My 5 point summary of the UNESCO guidance for generative AI in education
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Dan Fitzpatrick - The AI Educator ✌️
Competition is a great motivator
Generative AI in education is an overhyped gimmick.
That's what I told myself last year when testing it out for the first time.
Turns out, I was just too early.
After spending every day for nine months researching it, implementing it and
teaching others, I've witnessed the transformative power it is having.
And now, I see clearly.
AI will bring about competition for the education system that it has
never experienced before.
Watch me chatting about the themes in this video 👇
Want more? Let's keep going.
We are witnessing the decentralisation of education.
Companies who are education providers are normally for adults or they work with
organisations such as further education colleges.
There is a new type of education provider...
Companies providing cutting-edge education to school age children -
supercharged with cutting edge AI!
As more and more children and their parents become disenfranchised with
traditional education, schools like synthesis will become a realistic
Synthesis have just unveiled their new AI tutor.
Could the next trillion dollar company be an educational provider?
Why does this matter?
Competition can destroy an industry.
The worst case scenario is that it destroys the education system.
When competition knocks at the door an industry has a choice to innovate
The traditional education system has the same choice.
Here's a brief breakdown of some of the negative and positive impacts of
competition could have on education:
1. Highlights Failings: The parts of the existing
educational model that are no longer desirable shift into focus.
For example, it's focus on exam knowledge rather than real-world
1. Innovation Drive: Encourages innovation as a
'state' rather than a one-off action, ensuring the provision
stays relevant. For example, consistent collaboration, research and
incubation of new solutions.
2. Emphasises Rigidity: As agile competition
adapts fast and offers flexible solutions, the traditional system
creeks under its own weight. For example, the slow pace of change
or even desire to change.
2. Operational Efficiency:
Prompts solutions that enhance efficiency. For example technology
integration and flexible working.
3. Students and Parents Look for Alternatives: The
only option for most families is the local school. With dynamic
competition comes more alternatives with decreasing prices (even
3. Student-Centric Approach:
Ensures schools prioritise individual needs, leading to improved
services and outcomes. For example a focus on wellbeing and
character formation rather than solely on moving a cohort through a
curriculum towards an exam.
OK, that's the positives and negatives for the current system.
Here are my three reasons why I think this disruption is good for our children:
Linear Progression is Outdated: Traditional education, with
its predictable stages and one-size-fits-all approach, has operated on a
linear trajectory for too long. In a world that's becoming increasingly
complex and non-linear, there's a pressing need for more dynamic, adaptable
Skill Relevance: The job market and the world at large are
screaming for skills that many traditional schools aren't prioritizing:
adaptability, problem-solving, and collaboration. With AI-driven platforms
focusing on these skills, we're at risk of creating a generation ill-equipped
for the future.
Equity and Access: The emergence of private educational
platforms can widen the gap between those who can afford this new form of
education and those who cannot. This divide can lead to greater societal
inequities if not addressed.
I am a huge believer that the education system must survive.
But a transformed system.
I believe this mainly for one reason: Equity.
A decentralised education provision will still consist of children from
families who cannot afford education from a company (no matter how low-cost it
is), they still need a quality and relevant education.
Also, there will also be children who need extra support and additional
services - this cannot disappear.
13 years ago I spent time working in education in west Kenya. Anyone who can
afford private education sent their children to a private school.
Those who couldn't (which was most people, even though it was relatively low
cost) sent their children to a state school that lacked a lot of basic
I fear this could happen in a decentralised education world.
Some solutions for the traditional system
Embrace AI and technological solutions:
Integrate AI Tools: Use AI-driven tools to personalise
learning and better cater to individual student needs.
Offer Online Modules: Blend traditional classroom teaching
with online modules to provide a diverse learning experience.
Continual Teacher Training: Regularly update educators on
the latest technological advancements and methodologies.
Redefine Skill Priorities:
Focus on Soft Skills: Emphasise communication,
collaboration and critical thinking in the curriculum.
Real-World Problem Solving: Incorporate real-world scenarios
and challenges into learning. Better still get the students into the world to
Interdisciplinary Learning: Break the silos of subjects and
encourage integrated learning.
Ensure Inclusivity and Equity:
Subsidise Tech Access: Ensure that all students, regardless
of economic background, have access to necessary technologies.
Community Partnerships: Collaborate with tech companies and
community organisations to provide resources and opportunities.
Open Source Learning: Promote and develop open-source
learning platforms and resources that are accessible to all.
Going Further? Three More Insights:
Stay Informed: The landscape of education is changing
rapidly. Regularly read up on the latest in educational technology and AI
Encourage Local Innovation: Don't wait for top-down changes.
Encourage local schools and communities to pilot new programs and integrate
Parental Engagement: Parents play a crucial role in the
evolution of education. Engage them, educate them about the changes, and
involve them in the decision-making process.
The educational landscape is on the brink of a seismic shift.
As stakeholders, from educators to parents to policymakers, we have a
choice. We can either be passive spectators and risk being swept away or be
proactive architects of a brighter, more inclusive educational future.
Our Facebook AI Educator Community Has Reached 25,000
The UNESCO guidance for generative AI in education and research [Sep
The Speed vs. Ethics Conundrum: GenAI is racing ahead,
sprinting at a pace our policies and regulations can't match. Every piece of
content it creates nudges at the boundaries of privacy, accountability, and
intellectual rights. The message? Hurry. We're playing catch up.
The Widening Digital Gap: It's the same familiar faces at
the helm - a select few tech giants. And they're mostly in the Global North.
The result? The risk of sidelining the Global South's voices. GenAI, in the
wrong hands, could amplify inequalities, not bridge them.
A Double-Edged Learning Sword: GenAI in education is like a
shiny new toy. It can aid, but it can also overwhelm. If we lean too heavily
on it, we might just find our critical thinking muscles atrophying. What we
need is a balance. Let's champion human skills—creativity, ethics,
The Regulatory Void: Here's the stark truth. Most countries
are in the dark when it comes to GenAI regulations. We need laws. We need
ethics. We need public involvement. It's not just about creation; it's about
safeguarding the creators.
The Blueprint for Responsible Use: How do you harness GenAI
without succumbing to its pitfalls? Institutions need a roadmap. Ethical
guidelines, human-first interactions, and evidence-driven practices are the
To sum it up, GenAI is not just a tool—it's a responsibility. It offers immense
promise, but it demands our vigilance. For it to truly benefit humanity, we
need to place people at its heart. Ethical, equitable, and intellectually
enriching—that's the GenAI future we should strive for.