Speaker Spotlight: David Deeds


Speaker Spotlight: David Deeds

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Why are you looking forward to Bett MEA 2019?

I attended last year’s Bett MEA and really enjoyed talking with all the interesting people I met. Such a wide variety of individuals too: in education, business and government.

Who/what do you want to see at Bett MEA 2019?

I look forward to catching up with folks I met last year, plus meeting new people! I usually wait until just before a conference starts to complete my schedule.

What should participants expect to hear in your session / what topics will you cover?

Everyone in education is talking about Virtual Reality, but the Reality is that only a few schools can afford it right now. Virtual Worlds will run on your current school PCs!

Why do you think global collaboration is so important in education?

People say travel expands the mind. Well, if you can’t get your students on a plane, you can easily get them on Skype call!

Who or what inspires you in education?

I spent years in the business world, so I’m always the most inspired by educators who understand that major disruptions are needed!

Why is Bett MEA so important for educational transformation in the region?

I think this is a region that is still stuck in traditional teaching/learning methods. Bett MEA is one way to shake things up. ;)

How does the world deal with the need for more teachers and new approaches to learning?

We need to overcome the licensure and accreditation prejudices. It’s ironic that the people fighting against, e.g., online degrees are usually educators!

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