I am intrigued by the role of data in optimising processes and creating a paradigm shift thanks to cloud technology. Uber and Airbnb run on very different paradigms than models of businesses in the past and by identifying supply-demand needs they are able to meet both even though Uber doesn’t own a single taxi neither does Airbnb own a single hotel. I am currently using a similar approach to develop school digital strategies and organise just-in-time CPD for staff. In terms of teaching and learning, I have been inspired by Bell’s 2-sigma problem which suggests 1-1 teaching using a mastery-based approach creates an impact of more than 2-standard deviations as compared to mass-instruction; the question has always remained about who and if this can be replicated on a larger scale – I believe with the recent advances in big data, AI we are approaching a solution.
Since lockdown, I initially started to gain weight due to the long hours I was sitting at my desk. To avoid the dangers of a sedentary lifestyle, I bought a stand-up desk, then experimented with a treadmill I could use during meetings. I began keeping a daily log of my steps, weight, calorie expenditure and intake. Over the course of 6 months, I was able to lose 23kg by using principles of cumulative impact (Atomic Habits) by making small changes. I experienced first-hand how effective data can be in creating change.
Although I have been developing Power BI dashboards and have a background in mathematics, I am interested in deepening my understanding of data in education both in theory and practice. Given the opportunity, I am also interested in exploring metaphysics around quantification as expounded by French Mathematician and philosopher Rene Geuonon.