Future Learning

Future Learning

10:30 - 11:00 Digital Skills - How to Ensure Your Students are #FutureReady

In 2015 the UK Government took the bold decision to scrap ICT in favour of the more 'rigorous' Computer Science meaning June 2018 saw the last examination of GCSE ICT. As a result, schools have been frantically changing and updating their curriculum content to ensure coding features high on the list of skills taught at KS3 and lower. However, is this the right decision for our younger generation. This talk will showcase the bespoke Digital Skills curriculum developed at JESS which works alongside Computer Science to ensure students are #FutureReady.

Language : English

Topic : Digital / eLearning

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11:00 - 11:30Learning Should be Fun! Using Gamification to Leverage Intrinsic and Extrinsic Motivators and Better Engage Students

The study of educational technology and its modes of integration into classroom practice is a wide field, full of possibilities. This work focused on the use of a Gamified Virtual Learning Environment (Classcraft) as both a motivational tool and vehicle for interactions with teaching and learning activities via students’ personal devices (BYOD). Through the study of intrinsic and extrinsic motivation, cognitive and behavioural engagement and cognitive learning strategies and self-regulation, it was found that the implementation of carefully tailored learning activities delivered via a gamified Virtual Learning Environment (Classcraft) as part of a timetabled lessons, student engagement could be increased.

Language : English

Topic : Digital / eLearning

Speaker:
  • Habeeb Mustafa | Primary Computing/Digital Coach | Kings School Al Barsha

11:30 - 12:00Can Artificial Intelligence Help Students Become More Human and be 21-Century Workplace Ready

Artificial Intelligence, ironically, is assisting us solve more human problems than ever. Our more human and dynamic qualities such as our ability to be creative, collaborate, have empathy etc., are much more in demand by employers than static resumes or grade scores. It is why for the first time in human history soft skills have leap-frogged ahead of hard skills as a better predictor of human performance. This trend has significant implications in what, how and why traditional education systems can continue to have impact. If the measure of education is preparing graduates be economic contributors to society with rising unemployment and under-employment, how long can the existing education curriculums and channel of education remain in-tact?It is this key insight that has allowed us to develop a patent-pending method using Behavioural Science, Artificial Intelligence and Data Analytics too.

Language : English

Topic : Digital / eLearning

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12:00 - 12:30Enhancing STEAM Through Multidisciplinary Arduino Based Projects

This workshop aims to highlight the importance of quality education, through implementing curriculums reinforcing the application of innovation and creativity in students. Participants will walk away with mindsets that will boost creative performance, and acquire a variety of innovation tools to generate new solutions and ideas. To execute student innovation, the workshop will introduce the use of Arduino in Interdisciplinary teaching, a method, or set of methods, used to teach a unit across different curricular disciplines or subjects. Students learning in this way are able to apply the knowledge gained in one discipline to another different discipline as a way to deepen the learning experience. This helps students overcome a tendency to maintain preconceived notions, which is accomplished by recognizing the source of the preexisting understandings they arrive with, and by introducing students to subject matter from a variety of perspectives that challenge their existing notions.

Language : English

Topic : STEAM

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12:30 - 13:00Be an Inspiring Teacher !! How Motivation Affects Learning and Behaviour

Motivation has a direct impact on how an individual learns. The affects of motivation is normally far reaching because it increases an individual’s energy level, determines the persistence in reaching a specific goal, affects the types of learning techniques used and an individual’s thinking processes. Motivation has a great impact on the learning process. Motivation alone can determine if the person will pass or fail. While some people learn more by outside influences, others may achieve more by their personal aspirations. Whatever the situation, everyone involved in any learning process should know how motivation affects learning.

Language : English

Topic : Motivation / Coaching

Speaker:
  • Shalini Nambiar | Head, Academic Operations - Education Services | VIBGYOR HIGH

13:00 - 13:30The Value of Identity in Third Millennia Curriculums

Having been responsible for teaching and learning in one of Dubai's Premium International Schools, curriculum analysis has led me to believe that certain curriculums do not contain the appropriate content necessary to prepare young adults for their future lives. Universities and employers are increasingly searching for people who demonstrate that they have a strong appetite for global knowledge and understanding. Schools educate children about skills that they hope will prepare them for tomorrow; but will these highly skilled young people really know how to exist in this ever-changing world? A world so riven by conflict, where migration and globalisation are second nature, where teleworking is increasingly popular and long-distance travel gets ever shorter. As we step into the future is our uniqueness, our individuality, our identity, becoming increasingly eroded? Such concerns require refining the whole school curriculum and this presentation looks at strategies to do so.

Language : English

Topic : Curriculum

Speaker:
  • Tariq Bell | Teacher of Geography & Head of House | Brighton College Dubai

13:30 - 14:00Interdisciplinary Approach to Fostering Student Talk Through Discussion

Fostering meaningful student discussion is a great way for educators to informally assess students content skills as well as their ability to articulate a well formulated argument.  Learning activities such as socratic seminars, town halls and debates serve as platform for teachers to use an interdisciplinary approach to learning. The implementation of these activities enable students to achieve a deeper understanding of texts as well as examine social issues and principles. The session will focus on how to develop critical thinking skills through intentional questioning and using an interdisciplinary approach to teaching and learning.

Language : English

Topic : Innovative Methods / 21st Century Teaching

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14:00 - 14:30Cyberstudents - what are they and how will we teach them?

Technology is not only an integral part of the classroom in many schools throughout the world, but has now penetrated all areas of life. Increasingly our interaction with machines is deeply personal, and is changing us not only as learners, but as a species. It’s not enough to use new technology to support old ways of teaching, learning and human interaction. We have to rethink our whole approach to education, drawing lessons from the past as well as examining the future possibilities of human-machine and human-human interaction. This presentation will examine some of the real educational and social challenges posed by personal devices, Artificial Intelligence and the rise of the Cyberstudent.
 
 

Language : English

Topic : Leadership and Management

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14:30 - 15:00Effective Learning in the Digital Age - Edmodo

The presentation discusses the evolution of education technology and how it has, and has not, impacted learning. I will talk about the challenges that educators might face in using technology and what solutions exist to address all elements of teaching and learning, including instructional strategies, differentiation, assessment, evaluation, reflection, and parents’ engagement. Sharing resources, real life examples, and best practices on how technology is implemented in learning, this presentation will help educators transform their classrooms into active student-centered classrooms that address high level thinking skills regardless of the resources they have.

Language : English

Topic : Digital / eLearning

Speaker:
  • Hatem Radwan | High School Teacher | Al Ittihad Private School

15:00 - 15:30Cultivating Student Changemakers in Higher Education

Higher education seeks innovative tools to nurture students to become effective leaders and changemakers. As design educators at Zayed University, Dubai, we believe empowering youth as “changemakers” is a critical endeavour. We have developed and delivered a social innovation model, based on preliminary impact data, this model has considerable potential to be shared and scaled. Participants will learn the co-designing process that led to the model. We will facilitate interactive activities to walk through a framework that explores the systemic relationships between self and society, introduce tools used in an immersive program, and share the storytelling techniques used to capture this transformative process. This imaginative and flexible social innovation model can encourage institutions in higher education to explore their full potential to innovate current curriculum. We believe this will cultivate student changemakers and further transdisciplinary learning environments.

 

Language : English

Topic : Higher Education / Vocational

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15:30 - 16:00Online Learning: A Case for Flipped Classrooms in the U.A.E

This multimodal, research-based presentation will discuss how flipped learning (FL) pedagogies and practices can be used to enhance learning within K-12 schools in the UAE. With the rise of communication technology and Web 2.0 tools, online learning practices are becoming increasingly common in all education sectors around the world. As part of my Master's research, I have identified three barriers to the successful integration of online learning practices in the UAE. These include the impacts of high-context culture and communication styles, student perspectives and developing online learning repositories. Using the findings from the report, the presentation will detail how FL can extend and support learning within a K-12 classrooms in the UAE. In addition to exploring the practical aspects of FL such as selecting digital tools and content creation, the presentation will also consider student readiness and how to support teacher development.

 

Language : English

Topic : Learning Environment

Speaker:
  • Claire Hazenburg | Classroom Technology Teacher | Australian International School, Sharjah

16:00 - 16:30Entrusting the Baton for Transforming Learning Environment

While most schools have clubs dedicated to different fields of interest, very few have programs specifically dedicated to helping school students practically launch a successful business through trial and error. The “Pristine Launch” club, a student initiative, had activities which guided members through the entrepreneurial process including ideation, team dynamics, market research, prototyping, marketing, finances and pitching. Out of the 6 teams participated, one team became a global finalist (one of 20 teams selected out of a 1000) and was invited to MIT in Boston to pitch. Pristine has had other innovative programs and events which encourage students to apply their knowledge in the real world. One of them is Technovaganza, for which students with expertise in specific skills and talent, mentored other students who were novice in app development, robot designing, documentary production, graphic designing.

Language : English

Topic : Learning Environment

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16:30 - 17:00Creative Thinking

The presentation will cover how to implement the new thinking strategies and creative problem solving methods inside the classroom. It has new simple way of implementation that will help teachers stimulate their students creativity. I will provide practical examples and demonstration, along with some hands out sheet of summary. The workshop is entirely based on new research and adjusted with the KHDA teachers standards of performance in the teaching and learning part.

Language : English

Topic : Innovative Methods / 21st Century Teaching

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17:00 - 17:30Serious Game Design and Development

This workshop introduces participants to serious game design and development. The workshop covers information related to playing, designing, and developing serious games for educational purposes. The workshop takes place during two sessions. During the first, participants become familiarized with serious game design and receive hands-on experience, practicing examples and discussing them in small groups. The second session focuses on the development and publication of games. No computer coding background is needed. This workshop is BYOD! Intended Audience: Educators who are interested in the design and development of serious games. A background in computer programming is not required; however, general knowledge of computer science (e.g., software installation and the ability to copy and paste files) is required. NOTE: Tablets will not be supported.

Language : English

Topic : Digital / eLearning

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10:30 - 11:00Game Based Learning on Location

Game Based Learning is incredibly successful in terms of learner engagement. The global quiz company Kahoot! allows teachers and students to create and play classroom based quizzes.  Kahoot has millions of active users.

Game Based Learning on Location, gets students out of the classroom and take them on a journey that is intellectual, emotional and rewarding.  We will discuss the benefits of ‘The Walking Classroom’ and ‘Activity Based Learning’.

This is a hands on workshop that will demonstrate various apps and content creation systems in the Game Based Learning on Location sector.  Apps that include; Social Scavenger Hunt,  ActionBound, Seppo, Huntzz, Global Treasure App.   We will workshop the best way to create content, from; types of location based questions, taking engaging location pictures, length and type of audio and video.

 

Language : English

Topic : Learning Environment

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11:00 - 11:30Re-inventing Financial Literacy

How iwealth is re-inventing Financial Literacy education for Teens. The gamification of money learning.

Language : English

Topic : Digital / eLearning

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11:30 - 12:00#INN4SDGs - Innovate for the 2030 Sustainable Development Goals

As teachers, we are constantly promoting students to critically think and develop ideas throughout the school day. But what if their ideas could serve a larger cause? What if their ideas could change the world? The #INN4SDGs initiative promotes students and teachers to use their innovative thinking skills to solve some of the world’s greatest challenges and ultimately help humanity for the greater good. The aim of this workshop is to provide a platform for delegates to learn, collaborate and share lesson ideas that will serve the UN 2030 Sustainable Development Goals. These ideas can then be used in classrooms and projects to promote students to contribute to making the world a better place for all.

Language : English

Topic : Innovative Methods / 21st Century Teaching

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12:00 - 12:30Tools needed, models and practical activities to the prepare the child for reading

Brief explanation of the tools needed to prepare your child

Provide activities and examples of the curriculum “listen, look, and learn”

 

Language : English

12:30 - 13:00Effective Ways to Prepare Your International Students for University

  • Support students to find the right course and university for them
  • Develop key life skills essential for independent living abroad
  • Understand key timelines and how to manage the application process
  • Gain clarity on finances and applying for student visas

Language : English

Topic : Higher Education / Vocational

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13:00 - 13:30Transforming School Culture for the World’s Best Use of ICT in Learning

How does the world’s best use of learning technology look like? How to comprehensively develop the school culture to attain this? What kind of results can be achieved when technology is fully integrated and becomes a natural part of the everyday activities in schools? Winner of the GESS Award 2018 “Best use of ICT in education” Aleksi Komu explains through real-life examples and research studies how to build a learning environment where technology truly adds value to teaching and learning.

Language : English

Topic : Digital / eLearning

Speaker:
  • Aleksi Komu | Director of Global Partnerships | ThingLink

13:30 - 14:00Creating STEM Learning Ecosystems for Girls

Engaging girls in STEM is no small feat. Research tells us the causes why girls opt-out of STEM studies, but no conclusive study has nailed the solution or solutions. One emerging concept is the STEM learning ecosystem (SLE), a practice from the early works of human development research. SLE models include children at the center influenced directly by other people (e.g., family, friends) and settings (e.g., schools, neighborhoods) and indirectly by their environment and culture. The audience will learn about The GEMS Camp program design, rooted SLE research that help bring underrepresented girls into the STEM career pipeline. Practical strategies will be shared with those who are currently or who are interested in working with girls in STEM. This session is ideal for school administrators or teacher leaders. 

Language : English

Topic : STEAM

14:00 - 14:30Transforming the Future...Now

How do we develop solutions to open-ended systemic challenges in education and prepare students for the rapidly evolving and dynamic future? How do we redefine learning and schooling through a lens of work, technology and inter-connected societies of the future? This talk will cover the work of GEMS X in this field, with examples of practice
 
 

Language : English

Topic : Early Years

Speaker:
  • Andrew Nolan | Manager: Education Technology | GEMS Education

14:30 - 15:00Nurturing Natural Leadership Mindset Through Personalized Learning Experiences in Early Years Child’s Learning and Development

Lead, Empower, Inspire - every child can do all this, and so much more. Every child can help bring about new innovations, new ideas, new technologies, new approaches that will make the world an amazing and safe place to live. To lead others with integrity our children first need enabling environments to explore who they really are as individuals, and to confidently discover their inner gifts and talents.

The role of Early Years Educators and Thought Leaders is especially important nowadays when we are entering the New Global Paradigm Shift in early childhood education - the paradigm that calls for the educational approaches that promote celebrating child’s individuality. These approaches, such as Personalised and Self-Directed Learning, Child’s Energy Expression Profiling, Positive Pedagogy and Full Potential-Oriented Education, will greatly assist educators in nurturing our children’s Natural Leadership Mindset - the most important skillset needed today and in the future. 

 

Language : English

Topic : Early Years

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15:00 - 15:30Demystifying Research: Experiences from a HE Foundation Year Programme

Although research is a pillar of academic institutions, teaching, and learning, how to do research at university is a challenge for both educators and students. While lecturers face the challenge of making research relevant, accessible and practical (Casey et al., 2016; Papanastasiou, 2005), students struggle with the ‘difficulty’ of learning/doing research. They are also often not aware of the usefulness and relevancy of research to their academic and professional career (ibid.). However, this doesn’t need to be the case. Referring to experiences from the past four years, this presentation will show that it is not only possible to overcome many of the barriers to teaching or acquiring research skills, but it is also possible to replace anxiety about doing research with sound basic knowledge, confidence and curiosity, right at the start of a student’s academic career.

Language : English

Topic : Higher Education / Vocational

Speaker:
  • Cornelia Potterie | Course Coordinator (Research skills, Medical terminology & Health Professions) | Princess Nora University, Riyadh

15:30 - 16:00The How and Why of Getting Them on Stage

I would like to share my experiences with other ECE educators on how to plan, develop and execute a stage program by little children on a grand level. I will share the long term and short-term benefits of including such programs in the curriculum. The most important thing is to believe that little children can do anything and the difficult will translate into success! I will share pictures and videos of an ambitious project we undertook to arrange a stage program in an auditorium presented entirely by 3 - 6 year-olds. We aimed to make it appealing and able to sustain the interest of a neutral audience (other than parents or school faculty) and should involve every child from the Pre-Primary Section. Each individual skit related to a development focused in Pre-Primary ultimately leading to the holistic development of the child. The ultimate result was innovative & appealing with a strong message : Believe in them, and they will reach the stars.

Language : English

Topic : Curriculum

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16:00 - 16:30Future Careers Through Design Thinking

In a world of constant change and innovation, the need for an education that prepare and achieve a change to how the new generation learn is essential to develop current mindsets to face upcoming future challenges.

The aim of this workshop is to unlock students’ creative potentials with innovative approaches that would help them behave and perform like design thinkers when tackling real world problems for the purpose of improving the future wellbeing of humanity.

 

Language : English

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16:30 - 17:00Using Telegram as a Microlearning Tool in Higher Education Context

This presentation is an overview of an innovative microlearning strategy that was implemented in an undergraduate students’ course using the Telegram application.

Language : Arabic

Topic : Higher Education / Vocational

Speaker:
  • Dr. Tahani Aldosemani | Assistant Professor and Vice Dean of Information Technology and Distance Education | Prince Sattam University

10:30 - 11:00STEM and Meaningful Education

The presentation highlights the critical role that STEM and PBL play in involving students in a meaningful education. I will reflect on my students' experiences due to their participation in the STEM program in school. Our students participate in many STEM fields such as space, neuroscience, microelectronics, and robotics. Their participation had a great influence not only on their academic achievements but also, built a strong sense of community and social commitment to utilizing their knowledge and skills in serving their community.

Language : English

Topic : STEAM

Speaker:
  • Shady Elkassas | Assistant Principal for Academic Affairs | Sharjah American International School

11:00 - 11:30Exponential Technologies in K-12 : 22nd Century Skills

This interactive presentation introduces the best practices and methods of integrating exponential technologies in the classroom. At GEMS DAA, we try to research and develop ideas and processes how best to incorporate Humanoid robotics, Desktop Manufacturing, Immersive technologies (VR/AR/MR) and Artificial Intelligence to assist our teachers and students best to address and adequately understand the topics being taught. We will have a look at some of the most innovative and forward thinking lessons which use exponential technologies and how we can help other schools achieve the same.

Language : English

Topic : Digital / eLearning

Speaker:
  • Sreejit Chakrabarty | Director of Robotics & Artificial Intelligence | GEMS Dubai American Academy

11:30 - 12:00Born to Play - The Importance of Self-Directed Play in Early Years Education as a Key Tool to Unlocking Children's Fullest Potential

The New World needs confident individuals who deeply know themselves, who are aware of their inner gifts and talents, and who know how to share them with the world to inspire and lead others. The New World needs people fuelled with passion, eager to learn, ready to make a profound and positive impact. People who can inspire and encourage others to follow their joy, contribute to the society to make the world a safe and positive place to live. Our children have a potential to grow to become such people. But what does this all have to do with Play? Child-Led and Self-Directed Play is the single key element in Early Years Education that connects children with their inner gifts and talents in the most natural way, and allows them to explore the world in the most intuitive and joyful way. It has the power to completely redefine the way we understand and offer learning experiences. It has the power to profoundly impact future generations. Time to Play!

Language : English

Topic : Early Years

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12:00 - 12:30Implementation Framework for Virtual/Augmented Reality in Classroom

Language : English

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12:30 - 13:00Creating a Learning Ethos for 21st Century Skills

How can you create a learning ethos for 21st Century Skills? Kai will explain how over the last 4 at British School Muscat

  1. All the staff were involved in creating a learning ethos for 21st Century Skills
  2. How this learning ethos has been embedded in everyday teaching and learning.
  3. How the learning ethos underpins an ambitious outdoor education programme from 3-18.
  4. How the learning ethos is driving the redesign of learning from the foundations upwards.
  5. How the whole school community has embraced the BSM Learning Ethos.

Language : English

Topic : Innovative Methods / 21st Century Teaching

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13:00 - 13:30Core Competencies - The Future of Education

At New Nordic school we have set out to change the future of education. Current models of education are still based on the old industrialised model of churning out copies of students moulded from the same model. OECD has decided that they are now going to start assessing Competencies as part of their ranking system. Before this announcement was made, we were inspired by the renowned Finnish curriculum to create an educational system that is planned and mentored via the Core Competencies led by mentors that empower students to learn and share their learning in a myriad of ways. We would be honoured to share this innovation with the educational world at GESS 2019.

Language : English

Topic : Curriculum

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13:30 - 14:00Heard of STEM Paper Bag Challenges?

Paper bag STEM challenges are perfect for teaching the design cycle or process in a simple format for any classroom - at a minimal cost! From primary to secondary, challenges are great for building creative and critical thinking skills in students. In this session, participants will engage in a series of paper bag challenges to help kids develop a love for invention. Each activity can quickly and practically be implemented in the classroom. Participants will receive handouts for creating STEM paper bag challenges and a surprise bag of startup goodies. Come join me for the fun!

Language : English

Topic : STEAM

14:00 - 14:30What's Involved in Implementing, Developing and Raising Technology Integration in a School Environment?

We live in a digital world, and teachers often feel that students know more than they do about technology. Integrating technology effectively into teaching and learning requires more than simply looking to upskill teachers. This session looks at the factors involved in raising technology integration levels and provides suggestions on ways to develop a successful strategy in schools of all sizes.

Language : English

Topic : Digital / eLearning

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14:30 - 15:00My Research Informed Edtech Toolkit

An evidence informed approach to how educational technology can not only reduce workload but also enhance the learner experience and improve student outcomes.

Language : English

Topic : Digital / eLearning

Speaker:
  • Oliver Lewis | Head of Science | The British International School Abu Dhabi

15:00 - 15:30Are You a Futurist?

Points of discussion: - Personal story - Limited mindset versus growth mindset - Importance of being a futurist - Megatrends: Global opportunities and problems - Exponential technology: how to use existing tools to become a powered community - Interactive Exercise

Language : English

Topic : Innovative Methods / 21st Century Teaching

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