Edtech in action

Edtech in action

Focusing on Edtech in schools and higher education, these practical and dynamic sessions will showcase the latest innovations in education. Covering all aspects of education and demonstrating best practice to improve and enhance teaching and learning. Hear from expert speakers and discover the latest trends in technology. 

10:30 - 10:50Adapting to new ways of teaching (Post COVID) with Google Workspace

Language : English

Topic : Digital / eLearning

Speaker:
  • Paul Crossley | Education Director and Founder, Learn IT Academy (Google Education Partner)

11:45 - 12:05Looking beyond the logos to teach digital resilience to our school communities

I bet in the last two years, you proved to yourself that you are a lot more digitally flexible than you realized. With your new found bendiness, I am sure you have noticed that there are certain skills that you have honed to ease your workflow and communication that are essential for your students to learn too, regardless of their device or software preference. So, break down the barriers between software and hardware providers! This talk will cover 4 skills that are essential to explicitly put into your teaching (and daily life), so that your students can develop their digital resilience and learn how to transfer skills that are essential for their study success, and beyond.

 

Language : English

Topic : Digital / eLearning

Speaker:
  • Linda Parsons | Innovation Lead, Al Futtaim Education Foundation

12:20 - 12:40Robotics is not just for competitions and STEM. It’s for the entire school curriculum!

Modular robotics is a new solution that allows student to build robots in seconds not minutes and hours. This enables many subjects to use robotics as a tool for learning in areas such as maths, art, literacy and coding. Students build quickly, explore concepts and ideas and then pack away in seconds meaning one classroom set can easily move from one class to another. Find out how one company is developing a true classroom-based robotics system using a magnetic system with programming in Blockly and Python.
 
 

Language : English

Topic : STEAM

Speaker:
  • Rob Widger | Global Education Director, Shape Robotics

12:55 - 13:15Role of Blockchain and Digital Currencies in the Smart Economy

Change is the only constant the world witnesses, and it is certainly inevitable. Toward the end of the 1990s, the information technology phenomenon had the world tied together, and the Internet has surely revolutionized the world. Considering it is only 20 odd years old, here comes another paradigm shift in the form of Internet of value or data technology. The economies around the world are considering, what may be the end of the largest Financial Intermediaries, The Banks! It was a fearful thought but so were the palm tops, where the tech gurus predicted that everyone will be walking around with a computer in their hands. The thought was scrapped by many, but it became a reality sooner than it was predicted. 

 

Language : English

Topic : Digital / eLearning

Speaker:
  • Prof. Asma Salman | Blockchain Developer and Professor of Finance, American University in the Emirates

13:30 - 13:50Using Massive Open Online Courses (MOOCs)on Microsoft's educational community platform for professional development for teachers in Oman under Covid-19

The study measures the effectiveness of e-courses MOOCs on the Microsoft Learning Community in the professional development of teachers in Oman during the Covid-19. The study sample  consisted of 180 teachers. It was applied in March 2020, and the reliability factor o was (0.966). The Findings showed: that teachers ’satisfaction with the use of e-courses in the Microsoft Community in the professional development of teachers in each field of study was very high. There are statistically significant differences at the level of significance (α≤0.05) in the degree of teacher satisfaction with the use of e-courses due to the gender variable in favor of teachers (male). There are no statistically significant differences at the significance level (α≤0.05) in the degree of teacher satisfaction due to the educational qualification and the years of experience. The study recommended widespread use of online training courses from Microsoft's Learning Community in teacher professional development.

 

Language : English

Topic : Digital / eLearning

Speaker:
  • Ali Almatari | Head of Department of Educational Technology, Ministry of Education, Oman

14:05 - 14:25Lessons learnt with EdTech and building a strategy moving forwards

Al would talk about the lessons we have learnt with the adoption of EdTech over the last 30 years, in particular during Covid, discussing effective ways to implement educational technology, measure impact, build a digital strategy and ensure the right, research informed approaches are adopted moving forwards.

 

Language : English

Topic : Digital / eLearning

Speaker:
  • Al Kingsley | Academy Chair & EdTech Author, Hampton Academies Trust and Richard Barnes Academy

14:40 - 15:00Are you and your Edtech partners ready for the next generation of technology?

Learning establishments and governments need to push suppliers to make the most of the latest technology as other industries are doing! In some ways technology is moving faster than education is taking this great enabler onboard. Data is the next big thing and this can deliver so many insights for Teachers, Head teachers, Parents and everyone who has an interest in learners progress. To support the increase in demand for individual learning, in a world where anytime anywhere learning will become more and more important, everyone needs to expect more and drive more demand for these latest technologies.

 

Language : English

Topic : Digital / eLearning

Speaker:

15:15 - 15:35Maker 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.

 

Language : English

Topic : Digital / eLearning

Speaker:
  • Anthony Copeland | Middle School Curriculum Coordinator, Fairgreen International School

15:50 - 16:10Enhancing data tools for student engagement

The presentation will be about our transition from a single MIS school to an MIS group of schools and how we are using the tools and the data to analyse and increase our support for students onsite and online in these challenging times.

 

Language : English

Topic : Digital / eLearning

Speaker:
  • Jim Stearns | Deputy Principal / Head of Secondary School, Victoria International School of Sharjah (VISS)

16:25 - 16:455 reasons social media can transform your school

Does your school use social media effectively? Are you aware of how social media has changed the business world and how it can transform your school? Our communities are constantly connected to a fast-paced world where information is created, shared, and consumed at higher rates than ever before. Our learners were born during the technological boom and our teachers and parents have become accustomed to the benefits of digital technology to enhance our daily lives. Social media has become a primary tool for research, communication, and learning. Join me as we explore 5 key reasons how social media can help transform your school.
 
 

Language : English

Topic : Digital / eLearning

Speaker:

10:30 - 10:50The change from G-suit to Google Workspace, what has changed New Workspace tools for blended learning

Language : English

Topic : Digital / eLearning

Speaker:
  • Paul Crossley | Education Director and Founder, Learn IT Academy (Google Education Partner)

11:05 - 11:25How NFTs and Blockchain will Disrupt Education

Do you know what an NFT is? Do you understand how blockchain works? In this unique session, Steve and Jeremy will share their journey into the world of NFTs in 2021 and expand on ways that this incredible, cutting-edge technology could be harnessed within the education sector to disrupt and transform existing systems.

 

Language : English

Topic : Digital / eLearning

Speaker:

11:45 - 12:05A new model for the future of learning

The COVID-19 pandemic radically disrupted every aspect of life, including education. This disruption left educational institutions clamouring for systems and structures that ensure a continuation of learning for all students. Remote learning experiences implemented by schools and universities during the pandemic revealed challenges, including equity, access, and capacity. As quarantine orders end, how do we define a new model for the future of learning? This workshop will focus in the transition to create a dynamic learning model to build whole-system resilience in your school by using Microsoft 365. This is the perfect digital platform for all educators that simplifies the workflow for both teachers and students
 
 

Language : English

Topic : Digital / eLearning

Speaker:

12:20 - 12:40Who said motor skills can’t be enhanced in an e-learning setting?

Online learning is here to stay! Teachers, parents & therapists are in continuous search for online learning tools to transmit proper educational content. Fine & gross motor skills were one of the most challenging domains to target online. Many barriers obstructed schools, teachers & therapists from covering this area, required mostly for daily living & writing skills. Parents expressed their need for guidance to stimulate their children motor’s skills. In collaboration with Raymond Education a leader provider of Educational Resources, a break-through solution will be presented during the session, put together for online learning of children aged 3 to 6 years & individual tutoring. Developed by specialists, it is built to make the stimulation of the motor skills effective during e-learning with no/minimal assistance. Allowing the child to manipulate resources independently, teachers to target specific objectives & therapists to animate online sessions without further preparations.
 
 

Topic : Early Years

Speaker:

12:55 - 13:25How to use the distance learning experience to improve your face to face teaching methods

Based on our own successful experience of distance learning in Al Dhafra Private schools, I will discuss and share many ways to get the best benefits from such an amazing experience to be implemented and integrated in the daily face to face teaching experience. I will also mention all the required modifications needed to achieve the best blending for both experiences together. Additionally, I will enlighten the remarkable results such as enriching the teaching and learning process that for sure will lead to better education.

 

Topic : Digital / eLearning

Speaker:
  • Maram Hamarshe | Grade 3 teacher, Al Dhafra Private schools, Abu Dhabi.

14:15 - 14:35K12 AI-Ed R&D and Policy Governance

AI technologies are fast changing, public and private sectors have been prioritizing AI-related initiatives across various domains in many countries, including the UAE. However, R&D efforts have to be made to understand the application value of AI-technologies in education, especially K12 education; public policy-makers have to take into account both AI methodologies and core domain knowledge in order to come up with governance structure that best serve public and private interests. This presentation focuses K12 AI-Ed R&D, industry examples, future directions, and discussions on policy-making implications.

 

Language : English

Topic : VR / AI / Robotics

Speaker:
  • Xin Miao | Lead researcher, Alef Education/Harvard Graduate School of Education

10:30 - 10:50What will the classroom of the future look like? What we learnt from teaching during COVID.

Language : English

Topic : Digital / eLearning

Speaker:
  • Paul Crossley | Education Director and Founder, Learn IT Academy (Google Education Partner)

11:45 - 12:05Reimagining Online Learning Post-COVID-19

Online, distance, or hybrid learning has the potential to be inspiring, engaging, and social. In this talk, we will explore practical strategies on how schools around the world are making distance learning an effective and engaging experience.

 

Language : English

Topic : Curriculum

Speaker:

12:55 - 13:15The experience of implementing an innovation fingerprint at Dibba Al Fujairah Secondary School

Members of the initiative Sheikha Al-Zyoudi - Safwah Marouf -School teachers according to projects annually

Objectives Mechanism and steps for implementing innovative projects:

The most challenges 2016-2018 Among the solutions: Achievements and competitions Future plan:

Evaluation and follow-up:

2016-2017            2017-2018            2018-2019            2019-2020

The number of students on the initiative:              16           13           17           23

Innovations applied:      

3              2              4              1

The number of students in national exhibitions:

3              8              11           3

 

Language : Arabic

Topic : Digital / eLearning

Speaker:

13:30 - 13:50Educational technology in times of crisis: Lessons learned from a systematic review of research

The role of technology in education has been further amplified as the world goes through the nuts and bolts of dealing with an unprecedented global pandemic. The purpose of the current project is to systematically review the body of educational research that was published since the start of the pandemic. The search and review process revealed more than a 1000 articles that were published since the beginning of 2020 the pandemic. Examples of coded study features are teaching model, grade level, subject matter, geographic region, research objective, delivery mode, performance outcome measure, wellbeing outcome measure, pedagogical framework, duration of study, and technology used. The presentation will provide the initial analysis from the systematic review pertaining to technology use in particular. It will also provide reflections and lessons learned while shedding light on the main issues that teachers are facing as they work on meeting their students' needs.

 

Language : English

Topic : Digital / eLearning

Speaker:
  • Dr. Rana Tamim | Advisor to The Provost and Former Dean of the College of Education at Zayed University

14:05 - 14:25Machine 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.

 

Language : English

Topic : Digital / eLearning

Speaker:
  • Anthony Copeland | Middle School Curriculum Coordinator, Fairgreen International School

14:40 - 15:10A fireside chat with NFT superstar student Yasmeen Suleiman

A walk through in the day of the life of a 12 year old student who is building her own digital art empire, blazing a trail regionally and globally.

 

Language : English

Topic : Digital / eLearning

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