GESS Talks Arena

GESS Talks Arena

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11:00 - 11:15GESS Dubai 2018 Opening Ceremony

HE Hussein Bin Ibrahim Al Hammadi - Minister - Ministry of Education, UAE

11:15 - 11:35Preparing Students to Thrive in a Globally Connected World

Technology provides powerful tools to help reimagine learning experiences for students around the world. When used effectively, technology can close opportunity gaps and increase student engagement. However, the benefits of technology depend on educators and education leaders having a vision for how to use technology in transformative ways. Learn how ISTE is working with educators around the world to prepare students to thrive in a digital, globally connected world.

Language : English

11:40 - 12:00Neuroscience, AI and the Future of Personalized Learning

We all have an innate thirst for knowledge that is hardwired into the way the brain processes information. However, some studies show that up to 63% of students are disengaged at school. After 20 years actively researching cognitive science Dr Bolland is aiming to revolutionise education through the use of artificial intelligence as a tool for teachers. He sees AI as playing a central role in personalizing education in a more brain friendly manner, helping to better engage students to unlock
their true potential.

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13:30 - 14:00Changing Belief

This will discuss the importance of changing beliefs in order to create a culture of positive change. The keynote will also share The Olive Tree School, UK, (a Ofsted Outstanding school and an Apple Distinguished School) and its implementation of innovation as a process rather than just an idea. The keynote will also share the impact of innovation with great ideas that can be implemented by the audience. 

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  • Abdul Chohan | Co-founder of The Olive Tree Free School, Former CEO at Essa Foundation Academies Trust, Director of ThinkSimple Ltd, Apple Distinguished Educator | The Olive Tree Free School

14:00 - 14:30The Mona Lisa effect - Digging for Treasure on the student Data Map

The best schools collect and use a triangulated dataset on every child. They make use of robust, standardised data on students’ aptitude, attainment and attitudes. This is how they are able to personalise learning. This presentation explores this data triangle, focusing on the stories it tells – and, in particular, how, through smart and strategic interventions, we, as teachers, can change the endings. Come and learn about #themonalisaeffect, and how it can help catalyse and maximise both achievement and wellbeing for every student in your school.

Language : English

14:30 - 15:00Building Student Self-efficacy - the key to academic success

A huge body of research has found that very often underachievement is caused by student’s lack of belief in their academic capabilities, not their actual ability or understanding. This has a profound influence on academic development, mental health and behaviour. Despite this, very little attention has been given to this area of education. Instead, the prominent focus has been improving the grades students achieve. To tackle underachievement and mental health issues in our schools we must prioritise building a robust self-efficacy in every student rather than focusing on improving grades. There are key steps we can take to build a strong and robust pastoral curriculum and school ethos to build student self-efficacy, guarantee academic success and tackle the mental health issues we are facing in our schools today. These steps, findings from research in this area, the experience of working to create this environment in schools and the positive outcomes that resulted will be shared. 

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15:00 - 15:30Education in the Fourth Industrial Revolution

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15:30 - 16:00Jiu Jitsu in the UAE- A transformation in Physical Education

Palms Sports, in its capacity as official partner to numerous government organisations, has achieved monumental success in implementing Jiu-Jitsu within the fabric of Emirati society.  Currently managing sports programs and resources encompassing 100,000+ trainees across the country, Palms Sports offers a template with which to replicate accomplishments through the practice of corporate operations and policies within the domain of education

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13:30 - 14:00Maximising the Impact of the Educational Infrastructure on Learning

Huge amounts of money are invested in creating and maintaining buildings and spaces for education around the world. A lot of it fails to have the maximum impact it could on the key aspect of education – learning.

Building on recent, ground-breaking work with his research team, Professor Barrett will set out the critical characteristics of the physical environment in order to maximise students’ progress in learning. Radical neuro-informed ideas have been extensively tested in the UK context through the HEAD (Holistic Evidence and Design) research project. This established, for the first time, connections between features of the physical environment in schools and their impacts on the learning progress of thousands of pupils.  Alongside more obvious factors, such as good light and air quality, novel aspects linked to individualisation and the ambient level of stimulation have now been evidenced as being just as important for learning.

These results are now being taken up around the world with further development of the ideas in Norway, the US, in Romania with the World Bank, and with private boys’ and girls’ schools in the UK.  This new and practical evidence base provides a basis for confident leadership in decisions to innovate in the educational infrastructure, whether existing or new. Sponsored by Gratnells

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14:00 - 14:30Learning by Making : the pi-top story from maker to market

pi-top is the worlds leading learning by making platform where computer science & STEAM education is brought to life via the medium of physical computing & collaborative problem-solving. Jesse Lozano, co-founder, of pi-top tells his story of the ultimate learning by making experience - designing & bringing to market a physical computing platform from the kitchen table he made to one of the fastest growing educational technology companies operating across 3 continents in less than 3 years. Followed by an interview with, author & broadcaster, Graham Brown-Martin.

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14:30 - 15:00The Literacy of Mathematics

Many children fail to get to the mathematics of a question because they cannot understand the mathematical language required to unravel the question. In this session Dr Paul Swan will explain the three literacies involved in ‘reading’ a mathematics question and will share some tips for improving mathematical vocabulary and comprehension of mathematics word questions. There is a Literacy of Mathematics, support materials will be made available to download. 

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15:00 - 15:20Design Engineer Construct! Delivering a 21st Century curriculum for a 21st Century world

Imagine what would happen if young people designed, engineered and constructed our world. A world where sustainability, inclusivity and diversity comes first - where everyone matters.
Alison Watson MBE introduces 'Design Engineer Construct!' (DEC!) - an applied, project based STEM programme for young people that harnesses the power of cutting edge technology - digital modelling, virtual and augmented reality - to reimagine careers in the Built Environment.

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15:20 - 15:50Women in STEM

In this panel session we discuss the current trend for STEM education and how to engage girls not just at school but for their lifelong ambitions?
Career choices but also how STEM is taught in schools not only in the region but around the world.

Language : English

15:50 - 16:20Is education today fit for the future? Exploring essential strategies and tools to prepare students for work

Which initiatives inside or outside of the classroom, are the most helpful in preparing students for work in our fast-changing world? To answer this pressing question, Google for Education partnered with the Economist Intelligence Unit on a three-month study spanning 16 countries. The research results showcase the most effective teaching strategies and tools for helping students learn now so they can thrive in their future careers. 

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11:00 - 11:10Opening Remarks

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11:15 - 11:35Knowledge is Constructed - Let's Construct Together

As far as we know, there is no direct interface that would allow to directly upload knowledge onto a student’s brain. Unlike a computer, that can create an exact copy, the brain constructs knowledge through our interaction with the world. As a consequence, teaching cannot consist in pouring knowledge into a student’s head, but mediating between the student and knowledge by creating a social environment where students can have meaningful experiences. I will present some examples we have developed at the Swiss Science Center Technorama and elaborate on the underlying methodology.

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11:40 - 12:00Beneath the Mask: digging deeper to keep wellbeing first in schools

Young people today wear a variety of masks to hide the manifold struggles, stresses and strains which are commonplace in modern, adolescent life. As educators, it is incumbent on us to see behind these masks, and dig, wisely and sensitively, to find out what lies beneath. In this way, we can dramatically enhance student wellbeing, mitigate against the growing spectre of child and adolescent mental health difficulties, and enable each student to be able to unleash, and actualise, their full potential. This presentation explores how we can begin to address these challenges, and always put #wellbeingfirst.

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13:30 - 14:00Visible Learning Research

The largest ever evidence-based research into what actually works to improve student outcomes. This deepens the audience’s understanding of what Visible Learningplus means to teaching and learning in schools. This keynote looks at 25+ years’ research into what makes a real difference to student learning, how to apply this research method to your school and how to measure the impact of learning interventions. The length can be tailored (usually: 60–120 minutes) and is suitable for a broad educational audience.

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14:00 - 14:30Effective Assessment in Early Childhood Education

Assessment is an intrinsic aspect of Early Years pedagogy and a vital means of ensuring accountability. This workshop will explore the principles and purpose(s) of effective approaches to assessment that will support learning and outcomes in Early Years Settings and demonstrate children’s progress and the impact of provision. Drawing from practical examples, recent research and a depth of expertise in the area, this workshop will examine the critical importance of accurate, meaningful and manageable assessment that enables Early Years teachers and practitioners to optimise and extend learning and teaching opportunities. It will also discuss how this relates to strategic considerations and the responsible use of assessment data to monitor, support and challenge the quality of early Years provision.

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14:30 - 15:00A Mindset for change

This presentation explores a 'three level thinking’ approach to integrating technology successfully into the classroom. The first level of mindset demonstrates the initial phase of introducing the iPad into a classroom, often as a single or shared device. This uses a minimum core of applications for maximum impact. The second level of thinking explores the benefits of an integrated approach to the use of applications, including the transformational possibilities of the workflows as well as demonstrating the re-cycling of Office documents into interactive multi-media. Level three thinking demonstrates how lateral thinking, or 'thinking outside the box’ can be encouraged and developed with some simple strategies in and out of the classroom. 

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