We wrote this short paper on arti cial intelligence in education (AIEd) with two aims in mind. The rst was to explain to a non-specialist, interested reader what AIEd is: its goals, how it is built, and how it works. After all, only by securing a certain degree of understanding can we move beyond the science- ction imagery of AI, and the associated fears. The second aim was to set out the argument for what AIEd can o er learning, both now and in the future, with an eye towards improving learning and life outcomes for all.
Throughout, our approach has been to start with teaching and learning – and then describe how well designed and thoughtful AIEd can usefully contribute. Crucially we do not see a future in which AIEd replaces teachers. What we do see is a future in which the role of the teacher continues
to evolve and is eventually transformed; one where their time is used more e ectively and e ciently, and where their expertise is better deployed, leveraged, and augmented.