Award-winning young economist and economic influencer Portia Antonia Alexis has signed a two-book deal to write a young adult education book series for GCSE students in the United Kingdom. The series will offer ‘accessible, fun ways of learning the numerics of economic and mathematical education’ for 14-16-year-olds. The educational young adult series to be written by Portia titled Economic Themes For Teens and Mathematic Themes for Teens are estimated to be published in the spring of 2022.
Portia who is celebrated as one of the most influential social scientists of her generation using social media to educate Gen Z and Gen Alpha has a successful business career as a consumer goods business analyst alongside her mathematical economic research at the London School of Economics, Portia noted she wanted to include ‘engaging quizzes, illustrations and exciting ways to access the GCSE Economics and Mathematics curriculum for young adults of all ability levels’.
Speaking about the importance of artificial intelligence and social media within the further of education, Portia who has hundreds of thousands of social media followers who access her news and views stated ‘In school, it’s a mystery why AI applications remain at an all-time low. AI is barely involved in the education process. Luckily, things are starting to move in the right direction, and AI has begun producing new teaching and learning solutions. Coursera, the American online learning platform is based on machine learning, and every time a student gives a wrong answer, it alerts the teacher. It offers hints to other students that encounter the same question, guiding them to the correct answer.’
When asked on the future of A.I in education across the pond, Portia emphasised ‘In the US, Pearson, the world’s largest textbook publisher, is phasing out print publications for higher education to adopt a digital-first policy and eventually stop the traditional book learning. Pearson is also developing and testing an AI system to assist teachers so that they can no longer invest so much time on heavy, repetitive and simple tasks such as assessment grading. This can allow them to understand better the characteristics of their students and improve the quality of their personalities, to help them establish moral education and values, which what AI and technology can’t teach. The McKinsey Global Institute’s 2018 report on the future of work suggests 20 to 40 % of current teacher hours are spent on activities that could be automated using an existing technology -which means that they can relocate 20 to 40 % of their time to activities that support student learning.’