GESS Talks Arena

GESS Talks Arena

Featuring an exciting range of talks from individual keynotes, to panel sessions and 1-2-1 interview style conversations. With inspirational keynotes and dynamic movers and shakers, these sessions are designed to inspire and engage to help you learn about the latest global education trends and to push your education agenda forwards.

10:35 - 10:45Welcome Speech by H.E. Dr. Mohamed Ebrahim Al Mualla, Undersecretary For Academic Affairs, Ministry of Education

Welcome Speech by H.E. Dr. Mohamed Ebrahim Al Mualla, Undersecretary For Academic Affairs, Ministry of Education.

Language : Arabic

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10:45 - 11:00Wellbeing in times of hybrid learning

COVID-19 times on learning and teaching has left us with many advantages, but also with many caps. As classroom-based learning, also hybrid learning does not fit for all. Teachers lack skills and tools, pupils lack devices and ability to self-direct own learning, but most of all, schools lack knowledge of managing hybrid learning. Those were one of the results of several researchers Ministry of Education and Research of Estonia commissioned for having feedback from disrupted years at schools. I my presentation, I will look into the results of the research done and also to solutions what technology could offer for enhancing wellbeing.

Language : English

Topic : Leadership and Management

Speaker:
  • H.E. Birgit Lao | Ambassador-at-large for education Estonian Ministry of Education and Research

11:00 - 11:20Technology and Talent: Shaping the Future of Education

The talk is an exciting and entertaining exploration of the future of education, from the technology that will shape the way we learn, to the talent and skills we will need to build in our youth to propel the UAE's future agenda forward.

Language : English

Topic : Digital / eLearning

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11:20 - 11:50The Utilization of AI and Technology to put back the M in STEM and Tackling Behavioral problems

A new approach for learning and teaching math, that eliminates anxiety, enhances conceptual understanding, and support social and emotional development, through the utilization of technology and AI capabilities.

The role of AI in addressing problem by:
 
- Prediction and early detection
- The utilization of AI to auto-generate individualized plans (educational and developmental) and customizing behavioral intervention plans
- Managing the progress and bringing all stakeholders on board
 

Topic : VR / AI / Robotics

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14:00 - 14:20Post Pandemic Transformation – Build back better

We have all experienced, and now learning to live with, a global pandemic where technology was the key factor in keeping the wheels on the school bus. So what happens now? How do we move from automation to the digital transformation of education? What are the key transformation priorities and how do we plan for the journey ahead?

Language : English

Topic : Digital / eLearning

Speaker:
  • Mark East | Senior Director – Europe, Middle East and Africa (Education), Microsoft

14:30 - 14:50Building a High-Tech Culture in Your Schools

As artificial intelligence and robotics redefine the workplace, building a high-tech culture within your school is becoming increasingly important.  From students to faculty to the broader educational community, it's critical that all stakeholders have a strong understanding of the paradigm shift that is occurring in society.  Building a high-tech mindset and culture within our schools creates an environment where educators and students are deeply invested in the learning process and working together towards a better future.

In this session, Dennis will discuss the importance of building a high-tech culture and share success stories and lessons learned from his experiences in classrooms across North America and abroad.

Language : English

Topic : Digital / eLearning

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15:00 - 15:202034 - My Hopes for Education by the Time My Son is 18

David Harkin is the CEO of the award-winning education company, 8billionideas, which exists to give every student the skills and belief to change the world. Since its formation, 8billionideas has worked with over 100,000 students around the world in 500 schools. 8billionideas has strategic partnerships in every part of the sector - including Multi-Academy Trusts, Young Offender Units, International and Independent schools. In David's talk he will outline, as a council member of FED (Foundation of Educational Development) and a Fellow of High Performance Learning, his vision for education by the time his son is 18. He will draw on his experience in the corporate space, an intrepreneur, an entrepreneur, an employer and indeed a passionate educationalist. His insights will be thought-provoking and will be fascinating for all to listen to.

Language : English

Topic : Learning Environment

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15:30 - 15:50Igniting intellectual curiosity

It is easy for students to become disengaged with their education and not understand the purpose of traditional schooling given the wealth of knowledge that they have at their fingertips. The rapid growth of technology has made it difficult to predict the necessary skill set that will be required to succeed once students leave the safety of their education systems. This session will explore how we can apply creative teaching techniques and shift the focus of education from knowledge to skills, to better prepare students for the world of tomorrow.

 

Language : English

Topic : Higher Education / Vocational

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16:00 - 16:20Thinking Big - Personally, Professionally and Financially

Reflecting the theme of "Unlimited Possibilities," I will talk about the importance of mindset and high aspirations when it comes to setting personal, professional and financial goals, as an expat teacher. The sky's the limit!

Language : English

Topic : Wellbeing

Speaker:
  • Sorcha Coyle | Founder, Sorcha Coyle Empowering Expat Teachers

10:55 - 11:00Opening Day Welcome

Opening speech by the Chairman for the day. 

Language : English

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11:00 - 11:20Social impact and Eco Schools through Leadership of Learning

• Recognising the current context of social and eco issues that impact on the lives of our students

• Recognising that giving space and actively encouraging social justice empowers students and develops their sense of being world leaders and active global citizens

• Developing the importance of student voice

• Contextualising the curriculum offer so that subjects such as geography, STEM subjects, history and extracurricular activities gain extra importance and relevance to learners

• Recognising that institutional practices (e.g. paperless bureaucracy) need to speak to the same agenda of care

• Recognising the central place of ethics and values in all learning activities and relationships

Topic : Leadership and Management

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11:30 - 11:50Creativity in Education: Information Vs. Experience

Growing demands of the new generation requires our education system to adopt an interactive approach. Today, more than ever, we need to think creatively and be part of the current wave of innovation. Educational stakeholders and policy makers who approach education the same way we did a decade ago will place their students at the bottom when others who understand the importance of creativity in education -as they focus on building learning skills rather than just delivering content- are preparing Generation z for the unknown future.

Language : English

Speaker:
  • Eman Hamshari | Innovation and Entrepreneurship Lead, Taaleem, American Academy for Girls

12:00 - 12:20The future of Wellbeing

We now have over two decades worth of research into Positive Psychology but how has this been transmitted into the real world and education? What does the future hold for education with regard to wellbeing and what steps can schools take?

Language : English

Topic : Wellbeing

Speaker:
  • Mark Samways | Director of Wellbeing, The Free Spirit Collective

12:30 - 13:00The Case For Wellbeing In Schools

Wellbeing is an integral part of our education and human development. Wellbeing addresses various forms of inequity and empowers young people and adults to co-create thriving schools and contribute to safe, healthy, and just communities. Join us for this session, where we build a case for wellbeing on why it is essential and how easy it is to implement.

Language : English

Topic : Wellbeing

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14:00 - 14:20Human Flourishing and the Aims of Education

It is widely agreed that the ultimate aim both of education and of life is to flourish. Human flourishing is defined as an effort to achieve self-actualization and fulfilment within the context of a larger community of individuals. It comprises the uniqueness, dignity, diversity, freedom, happiness, and holistic wellbeing of the students within the education and community sphere. Achieving student flourishing is a life-long existential journey of hopes, achievements and coping. If we put the human flourishing as the central purpose of education it is first necessary to understand what human flourishing could mean and how education may contribute to the possibility that human beings lead flourishing lives.

Language : English

Topic : Leadership and Management

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14:30 - 14:50To go or not to go back to normal: That is the question

During the global transition to emergency remote learning ushered by the covid pandemic, many around the globe believed that education post-covid will not be the same, and that online learning is here to change the face of education. We have already witnessed the fact that a full transition to online education is not sustainable for many reasons. K-12 institutions have generally moved back to their face-to-face settings while higher education institutions, although at a slower pace for logistic reasons, have started the transition back to on-campus learning. This session will focus on the realistic expectations within the educational sector beyond COVID, while addressing the fact that the experience will not lead to a totally new educational system. We will also discuss why it is important to take advantage of the current situation to work on advancing the educational system and not fall back to our regular norms. More importantly, we will address how stakeholders can work together to make use of the lessons learned, while building on skills and expertise acquired, to secure a lasting trace of the benefits gained.

Language : English

Topic : Digital / eLearning

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

15:00 - 15:20How to deal with a disruptor of education in your family - lessons learned

In this session, Dr Helen Wright will talk candidly about how her youngest daughter’s refusal to go to school has challenged (and ultimately strengthened) her powerful understanding of what schools can and should be.

She has had to relearn – with humility and a degree of vulnerability - what schools are for; she will share her insights as a mother and as an internationally respected educational leader.

A fireside talk with:

Language : English

Topic : Motivation / Coaching

Speakers:
  • Dr Helen Wright | Board Chair, International Education Advisor, Executive Leadership Coach
  • Dr. Rana Tamim | Advisor to The Provost and Former Dean of the College of Education at Zayed University

15:30 - 16:30The Future of Education

During this panel session four experienced panellists will put forward their unique vision for the future of education.

Language : English

Topic : Curriculum

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16:30 - 16:50Connecting International Schools to Nature

UNESCO has declared that environmental education must be a core curriculum component by 2025. This presentation will focus on how international schools should prepare.

Language : English

Topic : Learning Environment

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10:25 - 10:30Opening Day Welcome

Opening day welcome remarks by the Chairman. 

Language : English

Speaker:

11:00 - 11:20Leveraging the Local Community: Why You Should Embrace Experiential Learning (Place-Based Learning)

Schools around the world are finally realizing the vast potential of their local communities and increasingly seeking opportunities outside the classroom. In this talk, Principal Russell Cailey will describe the successes and challenges associated with THINK Global School's own path towards a curriculum centered on place- and project-based learning.

Through the talk, you'll learn how your school can adapt THINK Global School's experiential learning model and how any variety of subject domains can be scaled to meet your staff, students, and parents' needs.

Language : English

Topic : Learning Environment

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11:30 - 11:50Going Carbon Neutral 101

With COP 26 currently taking place, the spotlight is on what businesses including schools can do to help to fight the climate crisis. One way of doing this is to become carbon neutral. In this workshop, Matthew Benjamin from Kapes will help you to navigate what carbon neutrality really means, why it isn’t the magic bullet, and how can your school can make steps towards being carbon neutral or better yet carbon negativity, without falling into the greenwashing trap. 

Language : English

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12:00 - 12:20What are the SKILLS required for a ‘future-proof’ workforce?

I know many a teenager (even some adults) who can’t decide what clothes to put on each day, without trying them all on, or what breakfast to have, if any … let alone having an idea about what they want to do when they ‘grow up’. Do we ever actually know the full answer to this? A recent Financial Times article stated that we are now averaging 5 careers in one lifetime. I’m currently on my 3rd career choice, and still looking for my final answer! So, what does that mean for our students and what should we as educators be teaching them? What do we need for us to be successful in life, and what are the SKILLS required for a ‘future-proof’ workforce and career?

Language : English

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14:00 - 15:00VIRTUAL SESSION - EdTech Investor Webinar: The EdTech Opportunity in the UK

A virtual event run via Teams from UK Face to face for GESS attendees in Dubai (open to those who are interested in investing in edtech in UK- remote for attendees from other countries.

Language : English

Topic : Digital / eLearning