Resident interviewer Dr Helen Wright welcomes Darren Coxon, chief operating officer of Britus Education into her virtual office for a particularly stimulating episode of In Conversation.
Darren, who claims he has done “every job in a school except the chef” gets his teeth into the hottest topic in education: artificial intelligence (AI).
He talks about how he expects AI to have an impact on teaching and learning far beyond the introduction of ipads and other edtech in previous decades.
He outlines how he is using the British International School of Tunis to pioneer some approaches to AI in school, helping students and staff to get the most from it, rather than seeing it as a threat to essay writing or a “cheat’s charter”.
He talks about the dangers of schools ignoring AI and the importance of discussing it “right now” before schools are forced into making rushed decisions.
Darren discusses the biases of AI and the importance of young people discussing the ethical and moral dilemmas it poses.
Finally, he discusses where AI might take us in education, particularly the potential for individualised learning and “AI mentors” which follow young people along their education pathway.