Mart Laanpere is professor in mathematics and computing education in the School of Digital Technologies, Tallinn University, Estonia. His main focus in research is conceptual design and analysis of affordances of technology-enhanced learning systems and tools, digital competence modelling and assessment, didactics of informatics, also authoring tools, metadata and repositories for digital learning resources. He is head of the MA programme ‘Teacher of Informatics’, co-author of national digital competence test, co-author of several informatics textbooks for upper-secondary schools. Mart has been leading the national curriculum committee for informatics in basic and secondary schools in Estonia since year 2000, he was also member of the steering group for Estonian Lifelong Learning Strategy 2020 where he led the development of the action plan for Digital Turn in Schools. He has been contributing as an expert to various European initiatives related to modeling and assessment of digital competence (DigComp, DigCompEdu, DigCompOrg).
Q1: What does the artificial intelligence mean to me?
- Automated structuring of big data for sensemaking
- Deep learning from big data to assist human decision making
Q2: What will the school of the future bring?
- Opportunity: smarter, more creative and collaborative learning environments
- Challenge: misuse of these smart technologies
Q3: What will happen if artificial intelligence becomes smarter than humans?
No doubt, the classic (both printed and static e-books) textbooks will disappear from schools. My ideal “digital textbook of the future” is an intelligent search engine that recommends to each learner suitable learning resources when these are needed and provides him/her also some digital authoring tools that a student can use for analysing, manipulating, remixing and extending this digital knowledge base. Such dynamic textbook will be personalised and finalised by each student together with his/her fellows and teachers by the end of a course.