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The 4th Industrial Revolution and AI's Role in Education:

A Fresh Perspective for the Fifth.

In the dynamic landscape of the 4th Industrial Revolution (4IR), marked by the fusion of technologies blurring the lines between the physical, digital, and biological spheres, Artificial Intelligence (AI) stands as a pivotal force.

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AI: More Than a Tool, An Educational Catalyst

AI is reshaping education, offering a means to scale effective practices and reach a wider spectrum of learners. It’s about personalization and immersive experiences, but let’s keep our focus on the core - the student's needs. As educators, our mission is to decode the future for our students, preparing them for a world where AI is not just a tool but a constant companion.

Evolving Skills for an Evolving World

The world has dramatically transformed since the early 2000s, and so have the skills needed to thrive in it. The celebrated “Four Cs” - Critical Thinking, Communication, Collaboration, and Creativity - still hold value, but they now need to be seen through the lens of 4IR. And maybe even the fifth...

This era calls for a nuanced understanding of skills like upskilling, intuitive and rational decision-making, collaborative innovation, and a profound understanding of societal systems.

Globalized Curriculum for a Connected World

The curriculum needs a global vision. It's not just about regional needs anymore; it's about preparing students for a world that's interconnected and constantly evolving. The curriculum should be a living entity, adaptable and responsive to the global landscape.

AI in Instruction and Assessment: The New Frontier

AI’s role in instruction and assessment is transformative. It's challenging traditional methods and offering new pathways for engagement and personalization. From AI-assisted formative assessments to augmenting the apprenticeship model, the possibilities are exciting and endles

Apprenticeship Redefined: AI's Role

The apprenticeship model, effective yet challenging to scale, finds a new ally in AI. AI can replicate the one-on-one learning experience, providing personalised guidance, challenging tasks, and fostering exploration. It’s about bringing the human touch to a larger audience, where AI complements rather than replaces the educator.

Those of you that know my career know I have been instrumental in the apprenticeship process. Championing it wherever I could and even writing new curriculums for providers as new technologies and marketing practices have evolved. To even producing training workshops for such apprentice providers in AI marketing. For their own businesses and their cohorts.

Embracing Change with Grit and Agency

As we integrate AI into education, it's crucial to model its application transparently. Educators should discuss the benefits and limitations of AI openly, demonstrating resilience and adaptability - skills as crucial for students as they are for educators.

I talk about this in my new book - INTELLIGENCE - The Fifth Industrial Revolution but under the guise of Independent Intelligence. The ability to think for yourself and to teach young people to do the same. Critical and creative thinking are going to be the things that are key in the future of work. Making them more resilient and flexible and determined. These are the top attributes people will need. Much more than technical skills.

“The future belongs to those that can think for themselves”

Dan Sodergren

Looking Forward

In this era of AI and 4IR, we're tasked with continually challenging the status quo, iterating and redefining what knowledge and skills mean. It's a journey of adaptation, questioning, and growth, preparing our learners not just for the future but for a future where they thrive and contribute meaningfully.

Thanks to this blog “Skills and Knowledge in the 4th Industrial Revolution: A Focus on AI in Education by Micah Shippee. Director of Education Technology Consulting and Solutions at Samsung. As this was the inspiration for the above.

For a deeper dive into harnessing AI in education, visit the AI Teacher Course at, where Janine Atkin and I explore these concepts further.

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