Education in Action

Education in Action

12:00 - 12:30Effective Implementation of Inclusive Practises of students with disabilities in Dubai Schools

The presentation shows the effective practices that schools should employ to promote the academic achievement of students that are being marginalized based on their diagnosis or identification as students with disabilities. This is in direct response to the educational gaps experienced by students with disabilities in the mainstream schools. There is a  growing number of young people that are either falling through the cracks at school and consequently the society after graduation. The presentation offers students with disabilities the opportunity to self-advocate and make a change in their lives.

Language : English

12:30 - 13:00Anti-Bullying committee should be a student led

The presentation will detail how students can have a very active voice in eradicating bullying

Language : English

13:00 - 13:30A principled approach to Early Years Learning Environments - transforming practice and ensuring progress for all

The talk will outline the essential elements of creating carefully planned learning environments to support innovative thinking and independent learning. It will include case studies and action research from a current large scale project with the MOE and explore successful strategies to foster increased levels of staff confidence and stimulation and challenge in the education of young children. 

Language : English

15:00 - 15:30Using EXPO2020 to Build STEM Skills

The UAE is about to be taken by the world's storm in two years. What's happening? EXPO 2020! Math and science teachers should be thinking right now about how they can develop thematic units with relevant real-world assessments that broaden student learning beyond the classroom. In this session, you will learn practical ideas and strategies for bringing STEM-based projects to life through the EXPO 2020 lens including economics, structural and civil engineering, and service learning. Let's collaborate and show the world how we are applying STEM concepts through this once-and-a-lifetime event!

Language : English

15:30 - 16:00Use of Edtech Within the Classroom

The use of Edtech within lesson with the ultimate goal is to reduce workload and improve time management of teachers, while at the same time develop the Visible Learner, using approaches of personalised learning and engagement to enhance learning outcomes for all. The presentation will be split into three areas individualised Assessment for learning, Flip Learning & Gamification The presentation will be suported by the following website: http://utilisingtechnologyacrossthecurriculum.dudaone.com

Language : English

16:00 - 16:30How Virtual Reality Is Revolutionising Teacher CPD

Our presentation will discuss how virtual reality has evolved in recent years and the scientific evidence that supports using it for training purposes.We will show a live demonstration of C-Live, our virtual reality teacher training tool, with participants from the audience, highlighting and showcasing the many ways that virtual reality offers teachers the opportunity to enhance their confidence, skills and classroom strategies. Using our virtual avatars, we will demonstrate in real time how C-Live can be used for SEN Awareness Training, NQT practice, perfecting lessons, and undertaking difficult conversations such as performance reviews or parent and teacher meetings. C-Live is the UK’s first virtual reality training aid and is currently being used by Bath Spa University as part of their initial teacher training programme.

Language : English

16:30 - 17:00Strategies for successful Inclusion from Early Intervention to School

At the core, inclusive education involves students with special education needs being supported in typical classrooms that embrace diversity that each learner brings to the classroom and eventually leads to an invaluable and immeasurable sense of belonging for the SEN students in the school community. Although inclusive schools will vary in the way they look and feel, there are some commonalities amongst all of them: • Committed Leadership • Democratic Classrooms • Relevant Curriculum • Initial & On-Going Assessment Process • System for detecting early barriers • Individual Education Plan (IEP) Team • Collaborative / Co-Teaching Model The presentation will discuss challenges and strategies to overcome barriers to successful inclusion.

Language : Arabic

11:00 - 11:30The importance of teaching performing arts: happiness, confidence and leadership

With changes to curriculum globally, schools must ask how they can deliver key life skills such as critical thinking and empathy that experts believe are crucial for next generation success. The place of the arts is under question as we squeeze time for perceived “more important” subjects.  So, why retain these subjects, and why might they be crucial to the overall development of current and future generations of young people?

Language : Arabic

11:30 - 12:00Teaching Creative Curriculum through EXPO 2020

GEMS WIS is one of the few schools in Dubai that has taken the EXPO 2020 and has used it to base the Creative Curriculum around it. At GWIS, we are leading this journey with our students and fully embracing the three EXPO themes: Opportunity, Mobility and Sustainability. The whole school is focusing on one theme per term and CC/Science learning enhances this focus. This year has seen the introduction of a more skills-centred approach to the curriculum as we work towards the UAE vision 2021. The skills covered come directly from the GWIS skills progression map which has been created in line with the UK National Curriculum requirements. This is a bespoke approach tailored to the needs of our students with emphasis on our school innovation vision. How this looks in action will be shown as part of the workshop. 

Language : English

12:00 - 12:30Taking a Mindful Approach in Education, Personally and Professionally

I would like to prepare a presentation for the delegates which discusses the concepts of mindfulness and well-being not only for children in education but as an educator. I will then discuss links between schools, sharing ideas and activities for the overall well-being of children in the UAE. We will try some practical activities that can be incorporated throughout the primary curriculum.  

Language : English

13:30 - 14:00What came first the chicken or the egg?

Bring a real life context to your students learning. Working with a local chicken farm where we are provided with fertilized eggs we work from the first stages of the fetus development within the egg inside our incubator right the way up to the growth and development of hatched chicks. This simple idea has brought so many learning opportunities to our students:
 
A huge range of scientific concepts
Mathematical conceptual learning
Problem solving and critical thinking skills 
United Arabs Emirates Social Studies units 
Teaching the Moral Education Curriculum 
PSHE
 
In this presentation we will be running through the simple set up, schedules and procedures that we followed to enable the programme to run smoothly, whilst discussing and showing the examples of the range of learning opportunities that are open to us. The great thing about this simple, yet highly effective, learning engagement is that it is easy and accessible to all schools and all curriculums.
 

Language : English

14:00 - 14:30The Child at The Centre

In this workshop, Laura will discuss the unique needs of the child and how educators can support children with their holistic developmental needs. Laura will also reflect on the importance of educators knowing and owning their own personal reflections and thoughts on Early Years and how this is key in how they work with children within their care.

Language : English

14:30 - 15:00Developing the Inclusion Agenda in UAE schools: Implications for Leadership

The UAE to is on the path to become an inclusive, barrier free, rights based society that promotes, protects and ensures the success of all groups of students by 2020. One of the most important ways associated with this inclusion agenda is to develop world-class schools led by sustained, insightful, and highly capable leadership who have a clear understanding of what inclusion for all looks like and how to achieve it. This session will look at how Senior and Middle leaders can turn this vision into reality. 

Language : English

15:00 - 15:30iSmart - Assisting students with Learning Difficulties in Class and at Home

iSmart focuses on giving back confidence to students who are struggling to read and write by providing technology apps for use in school and at home. Our main target are students with dyslexia, dyscalculia, ADHD, mild autism spectrum disorder and other learning difficulties. With 1 in 5 children having some form of learning difficulty, parents and students are frustrated and stressed when it comes to reading and studying. Students with learning difficulties are more prone to end up as early school leavers, since they give up. They feel ‘different’ and cannot keep up with their peers, and many times they are bullied. The current evidence that we have that iSmart will actually help students with learning difficulties comes from our initial piloting in 3 countries (Turkey, Sweden and Czech Republic). This talk will summarise the results and look at ways forward to implement iSmart in GCC countries. 

Language : English

15:30 - 16:00Having Gifted Students in the classroom is a Blessing not a Burden

Having gifted students in the classroom is seen as an additional load over the teacher's shoulder especially if they are the type of "Mr. Know it all" , "I'm bored", "I finished in 3 minutes, now what shall I do?" Or the hyperactive, class clown, or bossy type. How can the teacher meet the gifted students’ needs along with other students' needs without losing control, causing resentment, or spending hours preparing additional material? In this workshop, attendees will discuss different types of gifted students and learn about, the often undiscovered, gifted underachievers, perfectionists, and twice-exceptional students. Attendees will also explore learning strategies that enable them to turn the demanding needs of gifted students to a blessing, and to use their giftedness and talents for the benefit of other students and the whole learning environment. 

Language : English

16:30 - 17:00Gamification in Education.. From Engagement to Productivity By Motivation

This presentation is going to show the benefits of the Gamification in Education through my experience in teaching. Also, it will show a real projects with pupils in sketching, and puzzles in learning English. It will contains the principles of using Gamification in the class and with the students in pre - lesson, in lesson, and post - lesson. We will discuss about how to use electronic games or social media to help you in teaching the vocabulary to your students.

Language : Arabic

10:30 - 11:00Next Level Virtual Reality in the Classroom

In October 2017, Steve was named one of the top 100 VR influencers worldwide. In this session, he will share some of the cutting-edge virtual reality projects he has developed at JESS Dubai as well as detail the theory behind them. He will then host some live demonstrations of next level VR technology using the HTC Vive.

Language : English

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11:00 - 11:30Role of cloud computing – A study on MOOC in E-learning

Massive open online courses (MOOC) has witnessed a huge demand among the students, with majority of Indian students enrolling into courses offered by non-Indian universities. When elite colleges are offering courses free of cost to students, it is definitely an offer hard to resist. As Coursera, a major player in the MOOC sector gets second highest enrolments from India. This paper proposes a framework for the success of cloud computing-based MOOC in India to revolutionise the current education sector. Implementing cloud computing platform for MOOC will provide solution to the problems of the students with maximum dropouts. So with the present trend of changing dynamics for education followed in India, provides an insight to the enthusiasm behind the MOOC woven into blanket of MOOC for Indian students getting placed from different industry. 

Language : English

11:30 - 12:00GarageBand

* Please ensure you have downloaded the apps required BEFORE you arrive at the WTC and you bring your own tablet/ipad and your own set of headphones for all of Joe's sessions *
 
GarageBand is a truly revolutionary application that facilitates music creation at all levels, regardless of ability and music experience. This workshop demonstrates the power and shallow learning curve of this amazing tool as well as giving examples of its practical integration into the classroom and curriculum at different levels. GarageBand is a powerful tool at Primary and Secondary level facilitating the practical acquisition of music theory and a high quality audio experience from classical music through to rock music. This workshop will demonstrate the range and flexibility of GarageBand as well as a small range of accessories for its full and successful integration into the classroom. 

Language : English

12:00 - 12:30An Analysis of the Linguistic, Personal, Social, and Affective Factors that influence Second Language Acquisition

The long-enduring question of why some second language learners are more successful than others with similar opportunities has been an area of concern in second language acquisition (SLA). The level of proficiency that second language learners attain highly varies, with some learners reaching a near-native performance level and others lagging well behind. Given the complexities involved in language learning, it is important to consider contributions provided by multiple perspectives in order to gain a holistic understanding of the multidisciplinary nature of SLA. Following decades of research, a number of linguistic, personal, social, and affective factors have been determined to play a vital role in SLA. In this presentation, I explore some of these commonly identified factors linked to L2 success. I then shed light on motivation, the affective factor that is highly associated with L2 success. Finally, I discuss the recommended strategies for increasing motivation among L2 learners.

Language : English

12:30 - 13:00Finnish excellence in Vocational and Professional education

One of the main issue in Finnish Vocational Education is competent teachers. All teachers are highly qualified professionals with long experience from working life combined with teachers’ pedagogical qualification. Flexible learning pathways, including individualized learning paths, access to guidance and counselling contribute individual person to build own career bath. Lifelong learning ensures that there are no educational dead-ends. Competence-based qualifications offer flexible opportunity for adults to acquire and upgrade their professional competence. Strong connections and co-operations with working life is part of daily routine as curriculum and training mode development process are done co-operatively with working life. Assessment of students’ skills and competences are based on the requirements from the working field. To ensure all the previous to happen a systemic quality processes are needed.

Language : English

13:00 - 13:30Parent Teacher Observations Risk vs. Reward

Should parents be more active participants in the educational process, or should their involvement be limited to bake sales, attending parent evenings and reading reports?
 
If one believes that parents should be involved in the fabric of the school and working in partnership with the school then one has to find opportunities for purposeful parent engagement.
At RWA we successfully implemented a programme; where parents formally observe the teaching and learning, make judgments accordingly and present their findings to the leadership team.
 
Come along to this session to consider the risks and rewards of such a programme, how we successfully implemented it, and whether you would consider similar for your school. 
 

Language : English

13:30 - 14:30Data for leadership: effective use of CAT4 data

Many schools in the UAE and wider GCC region will have CAT4 data available for their students. This interactive session will help school leaders to explore how to get full value from this powerful data and will covering many areas including: - Using CAT4 data to identify and support EAL students - Do you know your gifted STEM students? - Are you using the CAT4 data to differentiate in the classroom? - How to use CAT4 to identify fragile learners? - Using CAT4 to identify and support SEN students - Sharing CAT4 data with school governors to support school evaluations and development plans James Neill and Nicola Lambros will be using case studies and practical advice to support schools in maximising use from CAT4 data. 

Language : English

14:30 - 15:00I learn Differently

Topics of the Symposium • Definition of learning disabilities • Symptoms of reading difficulties • Hope we can Early Intervention • The importance of early intervention in people with learning difficulties • Evaluation steps used with people with learning disabilities • Parents' role towards their child with learning disabilities Topics of the Symposium • Stages of developing unwanted behaviors • The negative effects of learning difficulties • Recommendations used to assist students with learning disabilities • Global realities on learning disabilities • Failing but great • Important tips • The activities of a learning center for training and skills development Topics of the Symposium • Science of the House • Success stories with students

Language : English