Professor Rose Luckin, the Director of Educate and Mursal Hedayat, founder of EDUCATE cohort, Chatterbox, have been named in Tech & Learning’s Most Influential People in EdTech List for 2018.
They are listed among eight women in the line-up for “working in thoughtful and creative ways on the frontlines of some of today’s most pressing issues—from the way we think about learning, AI, and innovation to gun control, refugees, and student privacy.”
Tech & Learning is a US-based resource for education technology leaders working from pre-school to secondary education.
Mursal, who is a refugee to the UK from Afghanistan, and her company Chatterbox, were among the third cohort of participants to the EDUCATE programme admitted in November last year.
Chatterbox offers on-line and in-person language tutoring delivered by trained refugee tutors and seeks to break down barriers to understanding the plight of refugees in the current, often toxic. climate. Mursal told Tech & Learning: “The framework for human rights that gives refugees the same rights we have is an insurance policy for us all. It’s easy to lose sight of the fact that we are all one red button away from becoming refugees ourselves.”
Professor Luckin was commended by Tech & Learning for her new book Machine Learning and Human Intelligence: The Nature of Education for the 21st Century and the questions it poses about the role of technology in teaching and learning.
She said she was thrilled to learn of her inclusion in the list, both in recognition of her own work in AI but also “because it acknowledges the vital work that the EDUCATE programme is doing in promoting the importance of EdTech in education.”
Professor Luckin added: “I am absolutely delighted to appear in this list alongside one of our cohorts Chatterbox, led by Mursal Hedayat, who is doing such amazing work in this very important field.”
Tech & Learning’s article can be found here.