Future Transformation Zone

Future Transformation Zone

What does the future of education look like? How can new and evolving technology be integrated within the classroom? These sessions will explore the latest technological advances, trends and thinking and 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.

10:30 - 10:50FinTech Literacy

Both finance and technology literacy is essential for jobs of today and tomorrow. There is a gap in global education related to both these areas. In this presentation I will demonstrate to you an immersive case study method of teaching FinTech subjects, to improve the students skills and ignite the curiosity to build a better future. Students can apply the techniques to understand personal finance, asset creation and resource management in an uncertain world.

 

Language : English

Topic : Digital / eLearning

Speaker:

11:00 - 11:20Using Chatbots in Education

Artificial intelligence is one of the most important technologies that will revolutionize many fields. One of the most famous artificial intelligence technologies that has a wide spread is chatbots, which have been used effectively in e-commerce sites and support services, but their use in the field of education is still somewhat limited. However, a major revolution is expected in the field of education, especially with the spread of e-learning and online education systems, and the emergence of digital assistants such as Siri and Alexa. In this workshop, we will learn about the concept of chatbots and their types. We will also explore the areas of the use of chatbots in the field of teaching and learning, and we will identify the benefits of using chatbots in education. we will learn about the most famous platforms for designing and building chatbots. Finally, we will all make a practical application for designing and building a chatbot without programming (No Code).

 

Language : Arabic

Topic : VR / AI / Robotics

Speaker:

11:30 - 11:55Maker Learning for the Whole School with Makey Makey

In this session, we will introduce you to the fantastic and limitless world of Makey Makey. We will ‘Show and tell’ you about our favourite projects for both Primary and Secondary Education. At the end of the session, we will share free resources for starting your own journey into the world of maker learning.

Language : English

Topic : Early Years

Speakers:
  • Anthony Copeland | Technology Integrator | American School of Dubai
  • Johanna Wild | Head of Primary Science | Fairgreen International School
  • Sinéad Cahill | Design and Technology Integration Teacher | Fairgreen International School and Trainer at Maker Learners

12:00 - 12:20Turning your digital vision into strategy and practical implementation

This session could explore the key elements of a digital vision and subsequent strategy, the questions to ask and the lessons learnt from others. Al takes a view that EdTech is not something just for the techies, but should be accessible and understandable to all, empowering everyone to be part of the conversation in their school. He has not only written the book on Digital Strategy, but has served on Trust boards, advised IT leaders and written internationally on best practice. Participants will leave with the ability to map out the basic elements for their school, from selecting solutions, measuring impact and build on lessons learnt.

 

Language : English

Topic : Digital / eLearning

Speaker:
  • Al Kingsley | CEO of NetSupport and Author of My Secret #EdTech Diary | NetSupport

12:30 - 12:50How to reclaim time in teaching using technology

In an age of increased demands and less time, how can we use create barriers and use technology to reclaim time to be productive.

 

Language : English

Topic : Digital / eLearning

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13:00 - 13:20The Future of Education on Web3

Recent reports from The Times Commission and HMC have made bold claims that our current education systems are not fit for purpose. Rapid evolution in technology combined with the inertia of changing deep rooted education systems, have created a skills gap between what we learn in school, what employers are looking for, and the essential skills required to tackle some of the world’s most challenging and threatening problems. As the internet evolves, it creates more and more opportunities in education. As we move into a blockchain backed era, known as Web3, it presents the opportunity to harness this technology to help students take ownership of their skills and qualifications from education and beyond. In this talk I will discuss how we can build agile systems that adapt to an ever-changing world, using emerging technologies to better showcase student skills and talents.

 

Language : English

Topic : Digital / eLearning

Speaker:
  • Carl Morris | Principal & Co-Founder | Carfax College & The Online School

13:30 - 13:50Music Education: The Missing Myelination Link

Out of all the subjects students dedicate countless hours to studying at school, which do you think boosts their IQ, memory, and problem-solving ability the most? Surely it must be English, Maths or Science? In reality, one of the best subjects for students’ developing brains is music! In this talk, Practice Pal Founder and CEO Ross Garrod will explore the neurological concept of myelination, and how learning a musical instrument from a young age can benefit students intellectually for the rest of their life. Additionally, Ross will discuss how Practice Pal is applying app-based technology to music education in a convenient and user-friendly way to offer a new level of professionalism in the way we organise, communicate and deliver music education. Practice Pal is a modern music education ecosystem for schools, teachers, parents and learners, and was recently named Bett Awards Innovator of the Year 2022.

 

Language : English

Topic : STEAM

Speaker:
  • Ross Garrod | CEO/Founder/Music Teacher | Practice Pal Music

14:00 - 14:20AI & Immersive Reality defining the new face for Education

Artificial Intelligence, Machine Learning, and Extended Reality are rapidly reforming and enhancing the workings of numerous industries. It can greatly impact the education sector, where such technology attempts to increase the quality of education. AI and other technologies in education make teaching and learning accessible to all, regardless of where they live, while also fostering freedom, equality, and transparency. Collaboration between human teachers and artificial intelligence is critical in preparing future generations for the AI-infused work environment. It will also aid in the reduction of learning gaps and the generation of learning interests among students, as well as the amplification of learning ability, language affinity, and learning speed. Embracing AI and integrating it into the student’s academic progress within an institution would be extremely beneficial. Some areas that AI would have a direct impact on are recruitment, the enrolment process, delivering answers.

 

Language : English

Topic : VR / AI / Robotics

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14:30 - 14:50New modalities for Early Years Learning

Many students will struggle with learning at some point in their lifetime.  Those who develop the tools to persevere despite feeling frustrated or discouraged, will likely experience academic success and are even more likely to succeed in endeavours outside of school.  However, it's often difficult to provide that level of one-on-one support every day for every student, especially given the demands on teacher time and rigorous academic standards.  Using AI-enabled tools can help reach more students each day, by providing highly personalised, social supportive tutoring for students in their classrooms.  Further, the use of AI technology in the classroom can give students the opportunity to learn directly about key concepts that are vital to being competitive in the job market today.

 

Language : English

Topic : Early Years

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15:00 - 15:20Metaverse in Education Roadmap

The metaverse roadmap categorizes the metaverse into 4 types: augmented reality, lifelogging, mirror world, and virtual reality. An example of the application of augmented reality in medical education would be an augmented reality T-shirt that allows students to examine the inside of the human body as an anatomy lab. How can the metaverse be used for education? The metaverse allow educators to not only create a more immersive style of learning, but also model teaching best practices. What is the metaverse concept? Why is metaverse important to education? What are the metaverse platforms? What is the benefit of the metaverse? Will the metaverse benefit the eLearning industry? What can we do in metaverse? How do you experience metaverse? Is the metaverse the future of education? So it is very important to have a clear roadmap for Metaverse in Education in order to design the futures of the nations.

 

Language : English

Topic : VR / AI / Robotics

Speaker:

15:30 - 15:50Avatar Theory & The Psychology of Virtual Identities

This special presentation by Web3 and Metaverse Consultant Steve Bambury is part of the Metaverse module from Ed3 DAO’s first ever Web3 Accreditation Programme for Educators which was recently rolled out in the USA. Steve will explore the role that avatars play in the Metaverse, how we relate to our avatars and how this can impact students – both positively and negatively.

Language : English

Topic : Leadership and Management

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16:00 - 16:20STEAM Education: Preparing the Next Generation of Innovators and Creative Mind through Innovative Teaching

A talk that focuses on STEAM/STEM innovative pedagogies ranging from preparing K-12 learners for the future of work through Innovation Hubs in schools, Clubs and extension programs. The talk will centre on Innovative pedagogies such as PBL and Inquiry Based Learning and how students should be empowered to learn with EdTech through empowering teachers. The talk will discuss the place of EdTech in the classroom and will look into implementation strategies.

 

Language : English

Topic : STEAM

Speaker:

16:30 - 16:50Transferable skills in Esports and the impact it can have on lessons

This presentation will be centred around the transferable skills that students gain when they are taking part in Esports. It will explore the soft skills such as problem solving, critical thinking and communication. The talk will also give sensible examples of how you can get these into lessons.

 

Language : English

Topic : Digital / eLearning

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10:30 - 10:50Bringing Innovation in Higher Education with Mixed Reality/Augmented Reality:

The new era of learning starts here. The metaverse enables shared experiences across both the physical and digital worlds. The emergence of the metaverse will have a potential disruptive influence on the field of education. This new era is a paradigm shift, which will have a significant effect on content and environments, the personalization and gamification of learning, and in training programmes by companies aiming to equip their workers with new skills. We will explore how Microsoft in Education is leveraging the metaverse to help reimagine and reshape education for the future, and to inspire students with immersive experiences in the virtual world and stimulate their awareness of global issues.

Language : English

Topic : Digital / eLearning

Speaker:

11:00 - 11:20Applications of Artificial Intelligence and Augmented Reality in Learning Environments

 

 

Language : Arabic

Topic : VR / AI / Robotics

Speaker:
  • Dr. Saud Alsalahi | Director of the Business Development Department and Adviser to the Director General | The Arab Bureau of Education for the Gulf States (ABEGS)

11:30 - 12:00An armchair chat with Rob Houben with questions from Stephen Cox

Language : English

Topic : Leadership and Management

Speakers:

12:00 - 12:20FutureX, Leading and managing skills development in the era of digital transformation

FutureX is a Saudi national platform that enables entities in the Kingdom of Saudi Arabia to provide high quality e-learning and leads initiatives to develop the skills of individuals in various sectors. This presentation focuses on an educational experience that was carried out through FutureX with a number of entities to train more than 30,000 learners by providing programs appropriate to their needs.

 

Language : English

Topic : Digital / eLearning

Speaker:
  • Dr. Hajar Binasfour | Deputy Director General for Customer Success | National E-Learning Center

13:00 - 13:20EdTech – The Route to Equality for Special Educational Needs Learners.

Education technology provides the best resources for SEN learners and plays a vital role in the intervention. EdTech is a great asset to help accommodate SEN students. Because of advanced technology and awareness, students with specialised needs can receive the best education. Neuroscience based EdTech programs focus on learners' growth by adapting to individual student needs allowing them to progress at their level and pace in a group or class. The proper application of EdTech can truly break down barriers in remarkable ways. Neuroscience based EdTech programs can create accommodations and modifications for SEN students and help students overcome learning obstacles. Using AI-based EdTech programs can be a fantastic equalizer. This presentation will share the EdTech resources and interventions available for SEN students.

 

Language : English

Topic : Neuroscience

Speaker:
  • Massrat Shaikh | Educational Psychologist | Al Ahlam Training and Higher Education Services

13:30 - 13:50Steps to increase girl’s enrolment in robotics & STEM education

Although women are making great strides in tech globally, specifically in robotics, it has long been a challenge for educators to inspire girls to participate despite performing very well in robotics & coding programs. At the high school level, across NA the average number of girls enrolled in robotics programs or clubs is below 1%, a worrying number given how prevalent robotics & A.I. are becoming in the workplace. Both boys and girls engaged in STEM education at an early age provides them with a significant advantage in their schooling & creates a great foundation for their robotics career. This workshop will share effective steps to help you increase girls engagement in robotics & computer science programs. We've seen how high schools have increased girl enrollment from less than 1% to 25% - 45%. For every school that has 1000 girls, its probable that less than 10 are enrolled in robotics programs or clubs. These steps can help you increase girl enrollment to 250 - 450.

 

Language : English

Topic : STEAM

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14:00 - 14:20Integrating gaming and esports within education

Esports and gaming is a great way to engage the students and utilise it to improve the holistic development of each individual. By integrating it into education focused outcomes you can personalise the support and use gaming as the gateway to achieve the targets set. The variety of games and platforms also offer inclusivity and support for SEN students. I'll be sharing examples of embedding esports and gaming into the curriculum as well as extra-curricular activities. Examples of student success stories will be shared, including unconditional offers to university, internships, developing skills beyond age expectations, improving personal development and much more! This is one of the most exciting domains to be a part of, by focusing on the learning as the foundation for gaming it can be safe, fun and impactful.

 

Language : English

Topic : Digital / eLearning

Speaker:
  • Baz Nijjar | Principal Advisor - Education Technology | GEMS Education

14:30 - 14:50Transforming environmental education in schools

Research shows that despite over 80% of teachers wanting to cover climate education in their classrooms, they often lack the knowledge of how to teach the subject in an effective manner. How do you cover such a diverse topic with primary aged children and inspire them to be the next global citizens? 
 
Toby who co-founded Earth Cubs uses his experience to demonstrate how edutainment and gamification can streamline the teaching of this different topic and engage the younger generation. Encouraging planet-saving actions and a love of the world!
 
Toby will cover:
The growth of Edtech and gamification in education
 
Why climate education is so vitally important
 
New ways to teach about sustainability and inspiring action 
The innovation that went into creating the multi-award winning Earth Cubs
 
What the future holds for environmental education and the next generation of global citizens.
 

Language : English

Topic : Early Years

Speaker:

15:00 - 15:20Reinventing the learning experience with Artificial Intelligence

We’re living in unprecedented times in education with a widening learning gap. The misalignment of competencies needed to perform work in today’s digital world has never been larger. As microcredentials and professional certificates exponentially grow in popularity, academic institutions need to transform to align to this changing world. Recent advances in Artificial intelligence have positioned this technology to play a critical role in this transformation. Join us at this session to see how Google Cloud and our partners are using AI to dynamically create digital academic content at a much faster rate, offer more personalized and adaptive learning and automate repetitive manual tasks to help teachers spend more quality time with students.

 

Language : English

Topic : Digital / eLearning

Speaker:
  • Basil Ayass | Education Lead - Middle East, Turkey, and Africa | Google

15:30 - 15:50Emerging Tech Integration in K12 - Why? When? How?

Every year, we see emerging technology trends that are geared towards making our lives easier, better, and faster. Education is one such field that has been influenced by the introduction of technology, with Smart Boards becoming more common and blockchain technology allowing the possibility for educators to record information, develop new training methods and track the cost of education using information gathered about their students. Chatbots and machine learning will also come into play in the classroom. Schools can use chatbots for easier enrolments and teachers can use the machine learning capabilities to develop more personalized forms of learning by looking at the patterns from data collected and offering insights to their students to guide them in the right direction. This session showcases the various ways K-12 educators can effectively integrate such technologies into their teaching and learning. A case study of GEMS Dubai American Academy's Center of Excellence.

 

Language : English

Topic : VR / AI / Robotics

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16:00 - 16:20Cyberstudents: Education Technology and Humanity for a New World

The events of the last few years have forced us to rethink the role of education technology in a rapidly changing world. The recent global crises underscored a fundamental truth about teaching and learning - that it is a communal activity best experienced together in person. In other words what lies at education’s core is human interaction. With this in mind, how do we develop a future paradigm for education technology that preserves this human social interaction, and what is the role of data, assessment and artificial intelligence in this revised plan? How should we redefine our students’ relationship to technology and what skills should we be teaching them, and teachers, to allow them to fully realise their social and emotional identities in a digital world? This presentation will give an overview of the conclusions we can draw from recent events, and provide some pointers for future students and future teachers.

 

Language : English

Topic : Digital / eLearning

Speaker:

16:30 - 17:00NFT Design-along with Yasmeen

Watch as Yasmeen creates an NFT in real time, using the digital art skills she has perfected. Get a glimpse of digital asset creation and ownership happening in real time. 

Language : English

Topic : Digital / eLearning

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10:30 - 10:50Making the most of video lessons: the unexpected benefits of the flipped classroom

99% of institutions report that teachers use video in their classrooms. 90% of teachers see video as playing a “critical role” in education. 83% of teachers say that the teaching experience is empowered with video lessons. More than 50% of 16-24 year olds watch some kind of instructional video for learning something each week. There are so many benefits to using video lessons in the classroom and at home, but it's not as simple as sending home a YouTube link. In this presentation, learn the many benefits of sharing videos with your class, from engaged learning and personalisation, to differentiation and family support. Victoria will present a number of examples on the power of video lessons and introduce some key advocates who can demonstrate and discuss safe and effective video lessons for the classroom and at home.

 

Language : English

Topic : Digital / eLearning

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11:00 - 11:20Storytelling in the Classroom (and beyond!)

The story begins with the newly formed Peter Pan Moat Brae Trust, Scotland's National Centre for Literature and Storytelling. The Trust invited 3 primary schools in South West Scotland to participate in an exciting storytelling project. The initiative was entitled ‘Our Enchanted Lands,’ a concept based on author J.M. Barrie and his creation of Peter Pan. On behalf of the Trust, I approached the schools and offered them the opportunity to have their storytelling work in class extend to podcasting. Using the easy-to-use online audio recording tool Soundtrap, young people aged 8-11 were able to bring their stories to life in a fun, collaborative way, using their own voices, exciting sound effects and music. This presentation will show the journey of the project, from inception to completion. I will highlight learning outcomes for the young people across 3 schools. We will see and hear examples of the pupils' work and demonstrate how the children created their story podcasts

 

Language : English

Topic : Digital / eLearning

Speaker:
  • Alan Cameron | Education Adviser | Soundtrap (a Spotify company)

11:30 - 11:50AI Applications and Implications in the UAE K12 Public Sector: Industry Experience from Alef Education

Artificial Intelligence and globalization have been driving changes in how we live, what we do, how we interact with one another, and these trends have also been raising questions of what the international education systems should do to prepare children today to take on jobs that will emerge in the future, and to train teachers and school leaders to be ready for future technology trends. Hence, it is important to understand what kind of tasks, skills and human agencies are being replaced or enhanced by AI already within the education system. In this paper, we present a summary of AI applications in the UAE K12 public school sector by Alef Education against the backdrop of the UAE National Strategies for AI 2031 and the UNESCO 2021 summary of global applications of AI in education. Additionally, this paper highlights Alef Education proof-of-concept industry take-aways, some future roadmap additions and long-term implications of AI on human development in education.

Language : English

Topic : VR / AI / Robotics

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12:00 - 12:20The benefits of VR-based training and education

Helping people to learn is one of the biggest challenges we face, whether that's in the classroom or in a business. VR-based education is having a very real and measurable positive impact in helping people to learn. HTC VIVE will discuss the benefits and approaches of VR-based learning, with real-world examples and real-world results.

Language : English

Topic : Digital / eLearning

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13:00 - 13:20NFTs & The Registrar: Transcripts, Report Cards, and Diplomas

NFTs and Blockchain technology provide schools the opportunity to completely transform the antiquated framework of a school registrar. In this presentation, our team will describe the pathway towards NFT authentication of school documentation so as to provide truly authenticated report cards, transcripts, and diplomas on behalf of a school.  

 

 

Language : English

Topic : Digital / eLearning

Speakers:
  • Jessica Lee | Curriculum Coordinator | American Creativity Academy
  • Dr Claire Shea | Deputy Superintendent | American Creativity Academy

13:30 - 13:50Future of Education

School education is not only an important facet in our life to mold the future but to direct the world itself because the world belongs to our young generations hand. We offer a mode of education called 'Adhyapp' to deliver tomorrow's education today to assure that the children's are future ready. We are responsible for the knowledge transfer that we gained so far to the next generation. Limiting that process of this knowledge transfer in a way, and insisting the young logical brains to memorize the portion of chapters against the model exams will only end up with progress in scorecards instead of the factual knowledge gaining process. We focus on teaching 'how to learn instead of 'what to learn. We connect children's brains to teachers' with the help of logical neural mediator links to build solid individualistic attention and relationship to sense the thought process of our young brains.

Language : English

Topic : Digital / eLearning

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14:00 - 14:20Disconnect to Reconnect

There's nothing surprising in saying that 'technology use is growing exponentially'. We continue to develop technologies that are impacting our lives hugely, with numerous consequences. Having conducted first hand and second hand research, I believe we are at a pivotal time in the evolution of humankind, where we are at danger of losing our connection with the real world.

Language : English

Topic : Digital / eLearning

Speaker:
  • Noel Tuohy | Head of Primary Computing | JESS Arabian Ranches

14:30 - 14:50Can Discord play a role in the classroom?

For years, Discord has been perceived as little more than a platform for gamers but in the last 2 years it has evolved into something much more. It also has a wide range of features that can bring value to both in-class and online learning. In this session Web3 and Metaverse Consultant Steve Bambury will share his experience with Discord as a part of the Web3/NFT community and how he has used and built Discord servers. Steve will also build a server from scratch live with the audience!

 

Language : English

Topic : Digital / eLearning

Speaker: