Details announced of EDUCATE SHOWCASE at this year’s London Festival of Learning, June 23-30, 2018

EDUCATE is excited to announce details of its three-day Showcase at this year’s London Festival of Learning.

The event will be an opportunity to see the vast array of products and services that entrepreneurs, start-ups and SMEs have developed on the EDUCATE programme, many of which are now being used in academic settings to enhance teaching and learning across all age groups and sectors.

We will also be celebrating the many successes of our cohorts who have completed the EDUCATE programme to date.

Members of the EDUCATE team will be present to speak to delegates and guests about our work, and to explain how prospective applicants can get involved in the programme. There will be opportunities to see at first-hand how EDUCATE’s unique approach to the development of EdTech has helped and supported innovation in the field.

The Showcase, which takes place from June 26-28, will comprise:

– Teacher Day. If you’re using technology in your classroom, are interested in doing so, are a teacher of IT or just want to know more about its use in education, then we invite you to come and talk to us about the many uses of EdTech in teaching and learning, both now and in the future
– Festival Day. This is the day all three conferences which form the London Festival of Learning converge into one big celebration of EdTech. The main event will be the presentation of our EDUCATE ‘EdWards’ – our way of acknowledging and recognising the achievements of cohorts who have completed the programme. Guests of Honour, Lord David Putnam and Lord Jim Knight will compere the ceremony.
– AI Day. No-one can dispute the enormous impact that Artificial Intelligence will have on teaching and learning in the future. Our expert panel will be discussing the implications, as the focus of the whole Festival turns to this important subject on this day.

We look forward to welcoming you to the EDUCATE Showcase.

To register and buy tickets, and for more details about the London Festival of Learning, please go to: https://www.londonfestivallearning.com

Professor Rose Luckin discusses the future of Artificial Intelligence at Bett MEA in Abu Dhabi, UAE

EDUCATE director, Professor Rose Luckin has take part in a discussion and question and answer session on Artificial Intelligence, at the BETT MEA in Abu Dhabi, UAE.

Professor Luckin was joined by Dr Willian Swartout, Research Professor in Computer Science, and Chief Technology Officer at USC Institute of Creative Technologies, to talk about the ethical human issues around the development of AI technologies.

The discussion centred around the significance of machine learning advances for educators who, for the first time, have access to machines that can store, process and learn from large amounts of information.

Professor Luckin said: “These machines can access specific pieces of information very quickly, accurately and without getting tired or ill.  As humans, we therefore need to use our intelligence to work out how we develop education systems and ensure that humans stay smarter than the computer systems they build.

“This means that we need a new approach to education and an intelligence-based curriculum that ensures that the richness of human intelligence beyond the learning of academic information is developed to a much greater level of sophistication.”

The debate was opened to the floor, with audience members asking questions about the ethics surrounding technology use, specifically in the wake of the Facebook Cambridge analytical revelations, and whether large technology companies can be trusted.

Prof Luckin said: “We need ethical regulatory frameworks to ensure that all technology companies behave in a way that people can trust. We need to educate people about data and about artificial intelligence in a way that means that they understand when they are consenting to a company using their data that they understand what this really means.”

Participants at the debate were also concerned about their students and how they can be taught to be discerning about real and fake news.

“When it comes to fake news we need to ensure that the knowledge-based elements of any curriculum must be one that deals with what knowledge is, where it comes from, how it is constructed, what evidence is and why evidence is important when making decisions about whether we believe something or not,” Professor Luckin said. “We need people to develop far more sophisticated personal epistemologies if they are to know truth from the lies.”

The discussion included the knowledge-based curriculum is and how a more intelligence-based approach can be adopted by educators.

“We have now built Machine Learning systems that can learn the knowledge-based curriculum faster and more accurately than any human, so we now need to use our human intelligence to develop assessment and regulatory systems that will support a transformation to an intelligence-based curriculum,” Prof Luckin added. “This will need to address the complexity of the interwoven elements of human intelligence, including those that cannot be implemented by artificial intelligence, such as emotional and social intelligence.”

She said that it was important that older people were not left out of the AI revolution. “Populations who are educated and understand how to work effectively and live effectively with artificial intelligence will be much more productive, as well as much more satisfied and much safer,” Prof Luckin said.

“It’s important to remember that humans are in charge and the decisions that we make now about how artificial intelligence is used within society will drive the extent to which AI is used and developed in an ethical manner for the benefit of all of society.”

*Bett MEA is an annual cutting-edge conference of leading decision-makers and buyers in EdTech from the Middle-East and beyond. The theme of this year’s event, which takes place on April 23-24, is Educating for Success in the 4th Industrial Revolution.

English-learning platform, Lingumi, secures £1.2 million in seed funding

One of EDUCATE’S cohort members, Lingumi, has picked up £1.2 million in seed funding, which it plans to invest in global growth.

Lingumi, an EdTech start up that helps pre-school children learn English as a second language, was part of the third intake of entrepreneurs and SMEs to the EDUCATE project.

The app developed by Lingumi delivers a daily 15-minute lesson through play, to teach English to 2-6-year olds. The nature of the platform means that parents can learn alongside their youngsters. Lessons are consolidated by physical products, or toys, that work with the app, such as word cards.

The seed funding will be used to help the company explore new markets overseas, particularly in China. Lingumi already works with more than 10,000 users in non-English speaking countries.

Toby Mather, founder of Lingumi, said: There are plenty of products in the market, but none have a foundational focus on efficacy. Most are geared towards high-cost live teaching which can only begin from 5 or 6 years old or are ‘edutainment’ products that engage kids well, but don’t educate effectively.

“Working with UCL on the EDUCATE programme has helped us continue to push forward with our research as our curriculum serves more and more children at a critical stage.”

Mike Dimelow, chief investment officer at ADV, the chief backer behind the seed funding, said: “This is the first application in Lingumi’s mission to build a digital ecosystem of pre-school education to support the development of the next billion children. We’re delighted to lend our support to this inspiring journey.”

Congratulations to Toby and his business partner, Adit Trivedi, from everyone on the EDUCATE team.

*For more information go to: https://www.lingumi.com

What if… we really wanted to prepare young people for the age of artificial intelligence? – a UCL IOE Public Debate

EDUCATE director, Professor Rose Luckin, will be among a distinguished line-up of speakers taking part in a debate on the fourth industrial revolution, looking at how the workplace of the future will be transformed by technology – and how the school curriculum needs to adapt.

The event will take place on Tuesday, April 24, 2018 at Jefffery Hall, UCL Institute of Education, 20 Bedford Way, London WC1H 0AL, from 5.45pm – 7pm.

With the current discussion about technology centred around the impact of robots and artificial intelligence, and how they will affect the lives of people, the panel will examine how the education system should react to this challenge.

The theme, What if… we really wanted to prepare young people for the age of artificial intelligence? will look at whether a radical rethink is needed of what and how we teach, or can a classic ‘liberal education’ – introducing children to ‘the best that has been thought and said’ in science and culture – continue to serve our needs?

The discussion will be chaired by Professor Becky Francis, Director of UCL Institute of Education. Joining Professor Luckin on the panel, will be:

This event is free to attend and is open to the general public, and all UCL staff and students. To register to attend, please go to: http://www.ucl.ac.uk/event-ticketing/booking?ev=17107

The UCL IOE debates bring together a range of commentators – academics, politicians, practitioners, policy-makers – and encourage them to bring radical new thinking to some of the apparently intractable issues, not least the future of the English education system.

Join the conversation on Twitter at #IOEDebates and follow @IOE_London. IOE Public Debates are streamed live via UCL Live. The video recording and a podcast will be available online from IOE Public Debates following the series.

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Professor Rose Luckin responds to the House of Lords Committee into Artificial Intelligence report

Professor Rose Luckin, EDUCATE director, has responded to the House of Lords Committee into Artificial Intelligence report, published today (April 16, 2018) examining whether the UK is ready, willing and able to meet the challenges this digital technology has to offer.

The House of Lords report suggests that we have the experts and innovators to do so, but she points to the recent controversies surrounding Facebook and Cambridge Analytics and how these have exposed the dangers of unregulated data gathering and dissemination.

In her article, Professor Luckin argues that better education is the way to combat the “perfect storm of big data, sophisticated AI algorithms and vast amounts of cheap computing power and storage that is facing us”.

She says:  “We all need to understand enough about AI to protect ourselves from its use on our data in ways we do not approve, enough to use it effectively at work and leisure, and enough to ensure that it does not disadvantage the already disadvantaged in society.”

The full blog can be found at: https://ioelondonblog.wordpress.com/2018/04/16/educators-are-you-ready-willing-and-able-to-meet-the-perfect-storm-of-ai/

EDUCATE Director, Professor Rose Luckin, on the ‘Rise of the Machines’ on the BBC’s Click

Are our jobs safe from the machines? Or will robots soon replace human workers?

EDUCATE director, Professor Rose Luckin, was one of a distinguished panel of academics and experts debating this topical issue in a two-part series on the place of robots in the workplace, broadcast on the BBC technology programme Click.

The ‘people versus the machines’ theme looked at how automation was already replacing people in many jobs, and to what extent we should fear a future workplace without humans.

It also questioned how governments would compensate for the loss of taxation paid by workers, to provide public services. Should robots pay income tax, or should there be a tax on data?

Professor Luckin commented on how technology was defining the future of the workforce, and how working alongside artificial intelligence systems would lead to different, and more effective workplace practices.

This was particularly important in the education and health sectors which are already experiencing a shortage of workers.

She said that rather than worrying about whether Artificial Intelligence (AI) would replace humans as workers, people should be focussing on how to use AI to become better skilled and more adaptable.

The impact of AI should include a re-think on the school curriculum, which currently relied upon learners memorising information – something that computers can do effectively. Instead, Professor Luckin said, the curriculum needed to teach people how to work collaboratively at problem-solving.

“The Click programme was a great opportunity to participate in a debate that is troubling a lot of people and is going to have a profound impact on how we work in the future,” Professor Luckin said.

“So much is still misunderstood about how AI works, and the levels to which we control its development. It is important to highlight these issues to help allay people’s fears, but also to help inform them about how they should prepare for the workplace of the future, and the skills they will need.”

*The episodes featuring Professor Luckin can be found on the following links, for 11 months from the date of broadcast:

March 24:
https://www.bbc.co.uk/iplayer/episode/b09x5j23/click-rise-of-the-machines

April 7:
https://www.bbc.co.uk/iplayer/episode/b09y2b9x/click-om5g

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EDUCATE hosting London Festival of Learning 2018

London Festival of Learning

EDUCATE is proud and thrilled to be hosting this year’s London Festival of Learning, which will take place from June 22-30, 2018, in central London.

This unique event is the first time we will bring together the three conferences of ILCS, L@S and AIED under one roof, in what we hope will become a major annual event in the education and technology calendars.

ILCS       L@S        AIED

The London Festival of Learning is a fantastic opportunity to bring together world experts in artificial intelligence, the learning sciences and technical innovations in education.

There has never been a more important time for these three disciplines to meet and overlap, uniting academics to share their research and learn from each other, as well as engaging with a wider audience of educators, businesses and learners.

The Festival of Learning also offers an opportunity to showcase the important work being done by UCL IOE’s EDUCATE programme in promoting the best in EdTech development currently taking place in the UK. At EDUCATE, we believe that EdTech must be driven and under-pinned by high-quality research, so it is fitting that we should be hosting this event of world-class experts.

We hope you will join us for what promises to be a week of fascinating debate, discussion and international networking involving leaders in their field.

Rose Luckin, Professor of Learner Centred Design at the UCL Knowledge Lab and Director, EDUCATE

*For further information about the event, and how to get tickets, please go to: https://www.londonfestivallearning.com

Educate team meets Damian Hinds, to discuss the importance of EdTech to UK education

Senior representatives from the EDUCATE programme met with Damian Hinds, the newly-appointed Secretary of State for Education earlier this month, to discuss the importance and future of EdTech to the UK’s education system.

Professor Rose Luckin, the programme Director was accompanied by Dr Alison Clark-Wilson, EDUCATE’s Principal Research Leader, and Caroline Wright, the Director General of Besa, one of EDUCATE’s main partners.

The meeting offered an opportunity for the EDUCATE team to inform Mr Hinds how EDUCATE is supporting start-ups and EdTech companies to use and generate better research to prove the efficacy of their products.

Professor Luckin said: “We had a very constructive meeting with Mr Hinds and welcomed the opportunity to tell him about the important work we’re doing at EDUCATE, in particular in ensuring that EdTech products and services are underpinned by robust and effective research. This is vital if their products are to be fit for purpose and useful to teachers and students.

“Mr Hinds was interested to learn that this is where EDUCATE is unique from other EdTech start-up projects. The element of research and evidence is absolutely at the centre of everything we do.

“The Secretary of State was also particularly surprised to hear that even highly qualified EdTech entrepreneurs and their teams may not be fully equipped to conduct robust educational research about their products. This is where we come in, to help and guide them through this process.”

Much of the discussion during the meeting focussed on financial support for the UK EdTech sector to market their products and how they can raise funds from overseas investors. Mr Hinds was interested to find out more about how the UK EdTech sector as a whole informs schools and teachers about their products and services.

Dr Clark-Wilson added: “We felt it was important that the Secretary of State considers that, when it comes to the next review of the national curriculum and its assessment, it will be extremely important that this takes account of the changing EdTech landscape for all subjects, and not just Computing and ICT.

“We have a duty to prepare all students for their futures in an increasingly digital world. There is emerging evidence that the UK is being left behind in this respect.”

 

Ground-breaking EdTech programme, ‘EDUCATE’, to officially launch at the Bett show 2018

EDUCATE, a pioneering £4.5 million programme supporting EdTech start-ups, entrepreneurs and education practitioners, will launch at the Bett Show 2018.

Based at UCL Institute of Education, EDUCATE is a unique collaboration of innovators, researchers and educators, whose work is underpinned by robust research evidence to deliver the most effective EdTech products and services.

Part-funded by the European Regional Development Fund and matched by its partners – UCL Institute of Education, UCL Engineering, BESA, F6S and Nesta – EDUCATE offers opportunities for entrepreneurs and developers to build the best educational technology, to enhance the teaching and learning experience in all educational settings, and to ensure that the EdTech being used is informed by the best research practice.

Rose Luckin, Professor of Learner Centred Design and Director of EDUCATE, said: “EDUCATE links research and practice into the development of educational technology and helps entrepreneurs find out if and how their products and services are effective for learners and teachers.

This is the future of educational technology and it is freely available now at UCL Knowledge Lab.”

EDUCATE is currently working with its third cohort of entrepreneurs and SMEs, and is extremely proud that three of its previous collaborators – MyTutor, SamLabs and Mathigon – have been shortlisted in the Bett Awards 2018.

Daniel Fozzati, Head of Product Development and Enterprise Partnerships Manager,
UCL Engineering, said: “UCL Engineering is honoured and delighted to contribute its world leading expertise in digital product development to a project that is a true world first.

Working with the UCL Institute of Education to improve the products of over 200 SMEs with a learner-centric methodology, presents a fascinating application of academic research to real-world tools in the classroom and the greater EdTech industry.”

Caroline Wright, Director General of the British Educational Suppliers Association (BESA), said: “Our research shows that schools tend to struggle to assess which EdTech products and services would work best for their needs.

The EDUCATE project therefore plays the crucial role of filling a gap by bringing together industry, academics and teachers in an unprecedented collaboration towards creating an evidence-base of educational technology. I look forward to seeing the results of the EDUCATE programme setting a new global standard for an evidence-led approach to EdTech.”

Egidijus Jarasunas, co-founder of F6S, said: “F6S is a leading global tech founder, working to solve the challenges we face today. We’re pleased to connect education to technology and develop London’s EdTech sector in the EDUCATE project.”

Nathan Elstub, Executive Director of Investments, Nesta, said: “In leading the EDUCATE project UCL is playing a critical role in promoting both awareness of the need for evidence of effectiveness of EdTech products, and helping companies to develop the skills required to generate that evidence.  

Nesta is excited to be working on the EDUCATE project.  We are passionate about the transformational potential of technology in the world of education, and committed to identifying where tech actually makes a difference to educational outcomes and what really works to support teachers and learners.”

EDUCATE’s launch will take place on Friday, January 26 at 6pm- 7.45pm at The Leaders’ Lounge, the Bett Show, ExCel, London, in conjunction with our friends at the EdTech Exchange. The event, organised by the charity Debate Mate, will include a drinks reception, speeches and a debate, and involve leading figures in education. If you would like to attend, please go to our launch registration page at http://bit.ly/2DjvkTD, as attendance is by invitation only. You must also be registered with Bett as a member of the media. Please note that spaces are limited, and early booking is advised.

EDUCATE will be exhibiting at HUB1 in the Bett Futures Zone.

For further information, and to arrange interviews during the Bett Show, please contact:
Dorothy Lepkowska, EDUCATE Communications Consultant on 07798 614256 or d.lepkowska@ucl.ac.uk
Cleo Fatoorehchi, Communications Coordinator, BESA on 07940 562530 or cleo@besa.org.uk
Catherine O’Donoghue, Communications-Projects, F6S on 07500 663575 or catherine@f6s.com

Notes to Editors about EDUCATE

1. About EDUCATE
EDUCATE is an ERDF-funded programme that began in January 2017 to support EdTech development, and innovation and entrepreneurship in education through evidence-informed product or service development. Based at UCL Institute of Education, EDUCATE makes research and expertise accessible to enterprises and individuals who want to explore their ideas on how teachers and learners can benefit from the latest scientific advances. It shoes them how to use research to inform their ideas, and to demonstrate impact to teachers and learners. Working with our partners we promote and support innovators with research, business and product development training. During the next five years EDUCATE aims to work with 250 start-ups and SMEs, as well as entrepreneurs who work in teaching and research, to create and perfect their concepts. Over time, we plan to expand our work to four new regional centres in locations around the UK. EDUCATE believes that enriching learning through technological innovation is vital if the UK is to maintain its place as a global leader in education.

2. EDUCATE full name
EDUCATE stands for Educational Technology Exchange programme

3. EDUCATE partners
EDUCATE is a partnership between UCL Institute of Education; UCL Engineering; BESA (the British Educational Suppliers Association); Nesta and F6S. It is part-funded through the European Union’s European Regional Development Fund.

4. EDUCATE social media names
Twitter: @EDUCATEldn

5. EDUCATE website
educate.london

6. About UCL and UCL Institute of Education
Set up in 1826 in the heart of London, UCL was the first English university after Oxford and Cambridge, and pioneered the promotion of inclusivity in higher education. It was the first to welcome students of any religion and the first to admit women on equal terms to men. Today, it is among the world’s top universities in international performance rankings. The UCL Institute of Education (IOE) was founded in 1902 and is a world-leading centre for research and teaching in education and social science. It was ranked first globally in education in 2014, 2015, 2016 and 2017, and has been judged by Ofsted as ‘outstanding’ on every criterion for initial teacher training programmes.

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