Bett Middle East 2017 Day 1 highlights
Thank you to everyone who joined us for Day 1 of Bett Middle East 2017. Day 1 brought together regional senior education leaders and esteemed global speakers under the theme: “Igniting Excitement through Innovation in Learning.”
During his welcoming speech to a room full of attendees and delegates at the summit, His Excellency Dr. Ali Al Nuaimi, ADEC’s Director General, said: “It is with great honor that this event is under the patronage of H.H. Sheikh Hazza bin Zayed Al Nahyan, the Vice Chairman of the Abu Dhabi Executive Council, who looks forward to a successful outcome. Your excellency, ladies and gentleman, principals, teachers and students, ADEC is happy to partner with Bett to create a high notch education platform that not only enhances networking opportunities for Abu Dhabi, but for the region, one that brings about best practices and experiences in education.”
Alongside the fascinating symposiums that had educators including principals and Science, Technology, Engineering, Mathematics (STEM) teachers from across various public and private schools in the Emirate of Abu Dhabi, visitors attended the Expo where they interacted with exhibitors and participated in the Learn Live, Microsoft School Leaders Academy and Teachers Academy. In addition, for the first time at a Bett Summit & Expo, Microsoft held a “Digital Transformation Track” addressing what digital transformation means for education and how to optimize institutions in a new digital era.
Anthony Salcito, Worldwide Education Vice President, Microsoft, in his keynote addressed the importance of having technology in the classroom to improve student learning outcomes and prepare them for success in future. He highlighted that digital transformation in schools and universities should be about the way in which people learn; and that rather than leading with technology, the emphasis should be on the skills students need and how new practices should be implemented, so that technology naturally becomes a service to bring the vision to fruition.
“Technology today is changing the way teachers and students share and connect with each other. These ways of collaborating are creating new ways of learning - empowering students with skills for the modern workplace. Said Salcito. “We are proud to be associated with BETT as a global partner and in bringing it to the Middle East again, which is a unique platform for us to share new practices, and address the need for academia to transform and implement curricula that recognizes a shift in learning and expectations; to ultimately transform end results”
Other highlights from Day 1 include:
- Keynotes including leaders and decision-makers from the UAE, Saudi Arabia, France, Bahrain, United Kingdom, Egypt, and Oman
- Voice of the student showcasing inventions and award-winning projects from ADEC and GEMS
- BETT 2017 Awards shortlist sneak peek – winners to be announced during the Gala Dinner this evening