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GESS BITES

These dynamic, insightful and fast paced sessions are designed to get you thinking on a variety of education view points and inspirations which include 'design thinking for education' new format for 2020 so keep watching for listings 10 minutes of inspiration to inspire change, conversations and collaboration. Taking place every lunchtime of GESS Dubai these are not to be missed.

12:30 - 12:40Online, But at What Cost?

Technology is becoming a core part of our lives: we’re surrounded by it every day; however we often don’t truly know much about it. Between street cameras and social media, the boundaries between personal information and public knowledge are becoming increasingly blurred. So what's going on? In my talk, I discuss the issues of privacy and authenticity of information online and give the perspective of a teenager born into a world that is rapidly advancing from a technological point of view.

Topic : Digital / eLearning

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12:45 - 12:55The Globally Competent School: Why, What and How

This session will take participants through the important steps needed for your school to build the foundations needed to develop truly globally competent young people. Drawing on research into what global competence can look like, including the outcomes of the latest PISA tests (which have tested global competence for the very first time), this session will empower and enable participants to take their schools on a practical journey towards global competence. It will explore: • what global competence is; • how global competence can and should be developed in schools; • the 3 key steps that schools can take to create more globally competent students. It is based on the learnings captured in Dr Helen Wright’s latest book for schools and school leaders – ‘The Globally Competent School: a manual’ – which was published in October 2019.

Topic : Innovative Methods / 21st Century Teaching

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13:00 - 13:10Are We On The Verge of a Paradigm Shift in Education?

Rapid advances in neuroscience and technology suggest we could be about to see a major shift in education across the world. David will glimpse in to the future and suggest what changes are most likely to have a transformative impact.

Topic : Innovative Methods / 21st Century Teaching

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13:15 - 13:25The Wake Up Call

I will be sharing my experiences as I transitioned from a full time corporate job to now being dedicated to helping people live fulfilling lives.

 

Language : English

Topic : Wellbeing

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13:30 - 13:40Why do we put a minimum age on learning? It's time to join the #abilitynotage movement!

What if we reimagined education...removed the constraints of an age/grade based learning curriculum, innovated using technology and AI to really personalize learning,  replaced standardized tests with project and skill based learning, and actively engaged companies to prepare us kids for the skills we need to be successful in the future? My name is Adam El Rafey. I'm 9 years old...and I"m on a mission to reimagine the future of education to better serve my generation and those to come! Join me as I share my perspective on the current education system from the "consumer's" point of view....asking questions as to "why"...and more importantly "why not?"

Topic : Innovative Methods / 21st Century Teaching

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12:30 - 12:40 Why Music Makes You Smarter

Brief summary of recent research into pupils who learn a musical instrument and how this benefits them in other academic subjects.

Topic : Music / Performing Arts / Sports

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12:45 - 12:55Ensuring a Future For Creative Kids

Stigma often surrounds creative and artistic students from the “starving artist” to the “snobby art student,” where creativity = unsuccessful. In this talk, I aim to encourage artistic students to pursue their passions and find ways to end the discouragement of creative subjects.

Topic : Motivation / Coaching

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13:00 - 13:10Breaking The Barriers Between Education And The Real World

Instead of learning to memorize facts and figures, students need to “learn how to learn” and how to solve problems.  We need to break the barriers that exist between education and the real world.  We need to create a bridge between learning and work. We need to bring the working world into education a lot earlier and take education into the working world.

Topic : Innovative Methods / 21st Century Teaching

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13:30 - 13:40Becoming Cage Free in Your Teaching: The Importance of Experiential Learning

“Becoming Cage Free in Your Teaching,” discusses the importance of replacing assessments with experiential learning to offer students the opportunity to move beyond recall and comprehension, to application, analysis, synthesis, and evaluation. Becoming Cage Free in Your Teaching focuses on incorporating student culture, media, and literacy into curricula. This talk is designed to inspire and equip teachers with the tools needed to re-engage, disengaged youth by highlighting different teaching modalities that may be used to bring academic content to life.

Topic : Innovative Methods / 21st Century Teaching

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13:45 - 13:55Can a 4 year old change the world?

David will be tackling the question of whether or not a 4-year-old can come up with an idea that could change the world? He will bring his unique expertise to this question and will discuss how he feels we should explore the uninhibited insight into the world that a 4-year old has. David is an entrepreneur who dedicates his life to connecting people with their own ideas. 

Topic : Innovative Methods / 21st Century Teaching

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12:30 - 12:40Engaging Students in Real World Problems.

How can we contextualize learning to motivate students to challenge themselves to solve some of the 2030 sustainable development goals.

Topic : Innovative Methods / 21st Century Teaching

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  • Olly Lewis | Assistant Headteacher Teaching & Learning | The British International School Abu Dhabi

12:45 - 12:55Agents for AGENCY

As educators, we strive for the very best for our students, promoting characteristics that will help them become future ready. There are many ways which have been adopted by schools to serve this need, including 21st century skills and the 4C’s. What if students could identify what’s best for their growth? What if we allowed students to set their own goals, free of any judgement. Could this lead to a greater sense of achievement and a rise in motivation? Agents for AGENCY is high energy and innovative talk that will demonstrate and highlight some of the key reasons why agency has become such a buzz word in the global education arena, and ways in which to best implement a program which reaches out to students of all abilities.

Topic : Innovative Methods / 21st Century Teaching

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13:00 - 13:10The Future of Education is immersive- VR showcasing use in the curriculum

At Winchester School, this ground breaking virtual reality technology has been shown to increase student engagement, focus and increase knowledge retention for students of all ages. The interactive nature of virtual reality transforms students from passive learners into active learners, improving student motivation and their sense of control over their own learning. Virtual reality can help students learn abstract concepts because they can experience and visualize these concepts in the virtual environment. The immersive nature of virtual reality can help block out other distractions so the students can focus on the learning objectives. As hardware technology and computing power ramp up, the usage of VR will increase exponentially. Virtual reality offers not just better retention and comprehension of information but also the opportunity to create a framework for more equitable distribution of knowledge, with accessibility at scale. 

Topic : Digital / eLearning

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13:15 - 13:25Creative Wellbeing

A 10 minute bite into creative wellbeing activities. Ashley has created a resource that combines creativity and wellbeing knowledge which has roots in positive psychology. Enjoy this 10 minute talk about how to give children more opportunities to be creative whilst thinking about their wellbeing.

 

Topic : Neuroscience

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13:30 - 13:40How to Embrace Your Special Needs Students Inclusively and Respectfully From a Teacher, Trainer and Mum's Perspective

I will explain the differences between inclusion, exclusion, segregation & integration.

We need to include the students & accept them in our community and to understand their needs by offering: -
Life skills programs such as cooking, sewing, planting classes ….
In addition of the academic as well, music and sports.

To offer the students the same opportunity of learning is Not Inclusion but is to offer them the right approach for the student to learn is the inclusion.

Topic : SEN / Gifted & Talented

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  • May Zalat | Centre Manager | Ora, Nursery of the future

13:45 - 13:55Translating Neuroscience Evidence Into Classroom Practice – Challenges and Possibilities

Classrooms are not laboratories, yet neither are hospital wards. By drawing on the processes used by their cousins in medicine and healthcare teachers can, and are, beginning to translate evidence from the biology of learning into powerful classroom practice. With continued effort education may well be able to use neuroscience in the same way that medicine uses biology and architecture uses physics, enhancing the status of the teaching profession and outcomes for learners.

Topic : Neuroscience

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  • Dr Richard Churches | Lead Adviser - Education Reform and Evidence Based Practice | Education Development Trust

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