Anthony Copeland

Middle School Curriculum Coordinator, Fairgreen International School

Anthony has recently joined Fairgreen International School where he is the curriculum coordinator for the middle school. He previously worked in Hong Kong as a learning technologies coach for the English Schools Foundation. He strongly believes in utilizing constructionist learning for STEAM education and sees the maker movement as fertile ground for discovering projects that achieve this. Anthony has run previous workshops on computational thinking, gamification and maker education for 21st Century Learning, ESF Conferences and STEM MENA. He has written for the International Baccalaureate Organization and is currently writing a larger publication on Artificial Intelligence in Education. Anthony is also the creator and owner of Maker Learners, an website for educators and enthusiasts that are developing projects that sit at the intersection between STEAM and Maker Education. His main interests are programming, XR and AIEd. In his spare time he runs Codecademy's only Dubai chapter; a community of teachers that create interdisciplinary learning experiences using programming.



Future Transformation Zone

14 November 2021 | 15:15 - 15:35 | English | Maker Learners: Learn to Make to Learn

For the successful implementation of Maker Ed in schools there is a specific type of technology integration that needs to happen. I call this 'Maker Learning'. I will describe some of the classroom activities that I have designed to bring more maker education into my science curriculum. I will share how I have used Arduino, Python programming and craft to teach important concepts in the STEAM subjects. To close I will briefly discuss a structure for implementing the language and tools of computational thinking, before addressing its potential for transforming the way we use technology to facilitate inquiry lead learning for all subjects.


Future Transformation Zone

16 November 2021 | 14:05 - 14:25 | English | Machine Teaching: Leveraging Artificial Intelligence in Secondary School Education

There is a lot of noise around Artificial Intelligence in Education (AIED). There are some amazing claims being made by those looking ahead at what AI might soon be capable of doing. How do we know if these claims are worth our attention? What does AI mean for teachers today? and How can we use it right now? How might we be able to use it in a year? Five years? This is a workshop on AI made by an educator for educators. By the end of this session you will have a working definition for AI in the context of education and you will better understand the variety of ways that AI is already being leveraged to transform learning and teaching. Towards the end of the session we will discuss which technologies are likely to appear next and their implication for learning, and we will consider how school leaders can best prepare themselves for the upcoming changes.