Lee Hickin and Dan Bowen, who both work in the Microsoft Australia Education team, talk about Artificial Intelligence in Education - what it is, how it works, and the different ways it is being used. It's not too serious, or too technical, and is intended to be a good conversation of background information. We're planning to have a chat each week about the story of AI in education, and are definitely not going to be describing the offical Microsoft position on anything.
With “the robots are coming to steal our (students’) jobs!” being a hot topic of many education conferences (and, at many business conferences too), Dan and Lee have their feet on the ground and spend their time talking about what’s really happening, and what the technical language means in plain English. As we run further into the podcast series, Lee and Dan will talk about scenarios that are more specific to their areas of expertise. And along the way they will also interview specialists in other areas – personalising learning, accessibility – and how artificial intelligence is intersecting with them and bringing innovation.
Dan Bowen is a Technology Strategist working with schools and school systems. He has worked in education as a teacher, governor and school inspector. He also worked in higher education as a blended learning advisor, before moving into Microsoft where he was the product manager for Office 365 in Education, STEM education lead and managed the Minecraft portfolio for Australia (to the delight of his kids). In his current role he is working across Azure, Windows and devices and looking to support schools to drive educational transformation. His interest in Artificial Intelligence comes from both the use cases and implementation as well as the education and enablement of IT to drive this technology. He is interested in the social and ethical uses of AI in Education.