GESS Talks Arena

GESS Talks Arena

Featuring an exciting range of talks from individual keynotes, to panel session 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.

11:20 - 11:40Innovation Trilogy: Flexibility, Passion, and grit

Innovation" aims to search for new, applicable, knowledge that can be used to deliver economic, social, and human value. On this basis, "Innovation" in the Knowledge era has become the most important means of giving and contributing to sustainable development. This paper shades the light on the importance of building a culture of "innovation" in the minds of young people, as they are the hope for pioneer leaders who will build a promising future. The paper emphasizes three main innovation “attributes”. The first is “mental flexibility” that stimulates thinking and looking at life aspects from different perspectives. The second attribute is “passion”, which brings enthusiasm to work on desired topics and encourages achievements. The third attribute is "grit" to work, absorb errors in the context of trial and error, avoid frustration that may result from them, and continue to work tirelessly towards achieving the desired level of success. By presenting this paper, Mawhiba seeks to confirm this trilogy and highlight its role in creating innovative minds that will contribute to economy development.

Topic : Curriculum

11:40 - 12:00The School Trip of a Lifetime

Illuminate their tomorrow, today, with the school trip of a lifetime. From grand pavilions to explore and unforgettable experiences to discover, Expo 2020 Dubai presents students four immersive journeys; each is made to tap into their potential and ignite their creativity.

Topic : Digital / eLearning

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12:00 - 12:20Technology & Humanity, Jobs, Work and the Future of Education: the next 10 years

Our world will change more in the next 10 years than the previous 100 years, and the way we work will never be the same. A totally blended and diverse workforce, the gig economy as the new normal, virtual and remote work... and most 2030 jobs haven't even been invented yet. What can we expect in the next 10 years, what are the opportunities and challenges that exponential technological progress will bring? What skills will we need, and how must education adapt to a world where machines are learning and 'thinking', and where 9 Billion people will be connected at almost unlimited bandwidth?  The future is better than we think - and we can choose to create it or be created by it!  

Topic : Digital / eLearning

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11:00 - 11:20Saudi Arabia's Experience on Improving School Performance through School Evaluation: Challenges and Lessons learned

School evaluation remains the central and most effective improvement tool employed by stakeholders to create the desired environment for youth to acquire 21st century knowledge and skills needed to contribute to the economic growth of their countries. The Education and Training Evaluation Commission is going to share its experience; scope of work, challenges, and its approach to School Evaluation.

Topic : Innovative Methods / 21st Century Teaching

11:20 - 11:40Reinventing Learning for the Future: A World of Virtual Reality and AI Avatars

The convergence of virtual reality (VR) with artificial intelligence (AI) will have a profound impact on education and society. These new developments are creating extraordinary opportunities to transform learning with innovative virtual simulations and personalized virtual tutors. But they will raise significant challenges, from practical questions of cost and accessibility of immersive technologies to complex ethical issues that come with intensely realistic virtual environments and life-like digital avatars. What digital literacy, media competence, and cognitive skills will our students need to live in a future where the virtual can masquerade as reality? Could AI-driven avatars eventually seem more helpful than humans? More trustworthy? We may not have to answer these questions, but our students will. As educational leaders, how do we reinvent learning to prepare them for a future that is radically different from the world we know today?

Topic : Curriculum

11:40 - 12:00Innovation and Ensuring Quality Education for All– The case of Madrasa initiative

How we can use Innovation to ensure delivering quality education for all. Madrasa initiative from MBRGI will be highlighted as a case study to spread education to the Arab speaking learners around the world

Topic : Higher Education / Vocational

11:00 - 11:20Creating a generation that will change the world

In these uncertain times, David will make the case for how we, as educators of the next generation, can help them become world-changers. This begins by influencing the next generation’s mindset and providing them with the skills and knowledge to act on improving the world. Education is then key, but changes in educational and attitudinal approaches are needed. David will inspire the audience to consider the inclusion of entrepreneurship in education as a catalyst to help develop character, resilience, creativity and self-reliance, so that a can-do attitude becomes an intrinsic modus operandi for the next generation. But also needed is a holistic approach from the educational entity, which needs to adopt and practice a relentless innovation mindset. David will draw from his vast experience in the education sector to show the audience how to achieve these changes and help create a generation that will change the world.

Topic : Innovative Methods / 21st Century Teaching

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11:20 - 11:40Design for Positive Impact - Our Future Depends on It!

Our future needs change-makers who can design solutions for an ever-evolving world. 
Changing the world by design requires narratives and role models to aspire to; tools and know-how to learn, test and build as well as risk takers who are willing to bring urgent solutions to life, for people and planet.
'Design to improve life' is not just a catchy motto but a needed call to action - equipping our future leaders to understand sustainability at all levels.

The Index Project is a non-profit organisation based in Denmark, working globally, acting as an international award, a knowledgeable sparring partner and untraditional angel investor, we are part award, part incubator, part enabler and part amplifier of the ideas that will shape our collective future.
 

Topic : Innovative Methods / 21st Century Teaching

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11:40 - 12:00Outstanding Schools in the UAE: Their X Factor

The purpose of this panel discussion is to talk about the practices that make your school outstanding and how the principals of outstanding schools encourage building successful teams to create successful schools, generate creative ideas, and foster innovation among teachers and students.

Language : English

Topic : Leadership and Management

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Speakers:
  • Nargish Khambatta | Principal and CEO,Vice President | GEMS Modern Academy, GEMS Education
  • Jared Nolan | Principal | Al Yasmina Academy - Aldar Education
  • Brendon Fulton | Executive Principal | Dubai British School Group

12:05 - 12:25Digital Learning Transformation in Saudi Arabia

We believe that we have accelerated to what once was considered a far future very soon, especially on the technology side. Technology has re-shaped our life in many aspects, and many sectors and one of the sectors that are impacted by this is for sure the education sector. Many private schools and institutions nowadays are replacing the traditional heavy school bags & notebooks with a single app in their students’ tablets; utilizing augmented reality, virtual classrooms, and artificial intelligence to provide their students with a whole new learning experience. Is it possible to see such a transformation in the public education sector or a national scale?? Discover all of that and more! And how is the public sector competing with the private sector into adopting the latest technologies in education and how big governments from all around the world are competing and striving to be the best model in utilizing education technologies to impact their entire coming generations.
 
 

Topic : Leadership and Management

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