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Why Education Must Swiftly Embrace Technology. Welcome to The Fifth Industrial Revolution.

Going on the radio to defend technology in schools.

As a specialist Future of Work KeynoteSpeaker and AI thought leader, I've spent years exploring the intricate relationship between technology and education. In my keynote speeches and as a co-founder of the AI Teacher Course, I pose a critical question to my audiences: In an era marked by rapid technological advancement, is it time for a fundamental policy refresh to seamlessly integrate technology into our educational systems?

Listen to me, Dan Sodergren, talk about this on the education special for BBC Radio. As we explore this pressing issue, examining the advantages, obstacles, and the undeniable imperative for change to equip students for the future.

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Why is this important?

The education sector has long been characterized, I believe, by its glacial pace in embracing new technologies. The acceptance of calculators in classrooms, for instance, took an astonishing 13 years. Even now, as a Tech Futurist Speaker, I observe a palpable reluctance to incorporate social media into the curriculum. I lobbied for this change over a decade ago and wrote a cirrculam for this 8 years ago - and it's only now really being taught well.

This resistance to change underscores a profound disconnect between educational policy and the swiftly evolving technological landscape.Mobile phones, in particular, embody a paradox within the educational context. These devices, with computational power rivaling that of laptops from mere years ago, offer a wealth of educational resources while simultaneously presenting potential distractions.

As an AI expert and enthuasist, I contend that educators bear the responsibility of guiding students in the judicious use of mobile technology, recognizing its inevitability in their future professional and personal lives.

We stand at the cusp of the Fifth Industrial Revolution, yet our educational institutions lag behind, still grappling with the remnants of the third or fourth at best. Schools persist in preparing students for obsolete careers, even as the world hurtles towards an era dominated by artificial intelligence and mobile technology.

As a Fifth Industrial Revolution banner boy and orporate speaker, I assert that by thoughtfully incorporating these tools into the curriculum, educators can arm students with the skills demanded by the future job market.

I propose that education must embrace a "Digital Green Cross Code," a framework that not only teaches students how to utilize technology but also instills the principles of responsible usage. Simple strategies, such as disabling notifications, can serve as bulwarks against addiction while fostering digital literacy.

For these transformations to take root, both educators and educational policies must evolve in tandem. As a Future of Work expert for hire, I emphasize the crucial importance of equipping teachers with the knowledge and skills to effectively understand and teach the latest technologies, including AI.

"Educational policies must mirror the realities of the digital age, integrating technology into the curriculum in a manner that prepares students for the challenges and opportunities that await them." Dan Sodergren (2024)

Striking the right balance between technology and education is ultimately about empowering students to thrive in a digital future. Despite the challenges, the benefits of successfully integrating technology into education are immeasurable.

We are in new waters...

As we navigate the uncharted waters of the Fifth Industrial Revolution, educators must serve as the bridge between traditional pedagogical methods and the demands of the modern world. Through dedicated efforts in policy reform and educator training, we can unlock the transformative potential of technology in education.

To further explore my insights on the future of work and technology, I invite you to visit my website at or connect with me on LinkedIn at

For a deeper dive into my perspectives, tune into my full interview on BBC radio 

As a co-founder of the AI Teacher Course (, I remain committed to empowering educators to confidently navigate this exhilarating and challenging landscape.

I really hope education changes in the UK - before it's too late.

As right now many schools are stuck on the backwaters.


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