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Inaugural ‘Innovation in Education: UAE Schools’ Summit Sparks Conversation on Schools and How to Explore AI-Driven Educational Solutions

Summit focused on key topics such as security, data access, responsible use of AI, elevated personalized education, and overall life readiness and workforce development

Firsthand insights and findings about UAE schools and AI-based edtech revealed during summit

Specifically designed to help unite the education sector’s thought-leaders and schools from across the Emirates, summit aims to chart course towards brighter future

PowerSchool, a leading provider of cloud-based education software for education, hosted the first edition of its ‘Innovation in Education: UAE Schools’ Summit at Dunecrest American School in Dubai.

Held in collaboration with Esol Education, a leading company specializing in K-12 international education in the Middle East, Mediterranean and East Asia, the Summit aims to become an annual platform for collaborative discussions on AI and innovation, bringing together top schools and education leaders from across the Emirates to drive the future of education.

The one-of-a-kind summit provided a dynamic, enriching experience, offering attendees a day filled with valuable insights, unique networking opportunities, interactive sessions, and engaging discussions. The one-day event focused on key topics including security, data access, responsible use of AI, and life readiness and workforce development, with a focus on enhancing educational practices and outcomes.

A survey was also conducted to assess participants’ perspectives on technology in schools. The findings revealed student behaviour management as the primary education challenge for the current year, highlighted by 70% of respondents. Additionally, implementing new AI guidance and utilizing student-facing AI tools were identified as significant technological challenges. Moving forward, priorities encompassed scaling high-quality instruction and implementing effective student interventions, with a particular emphasis on integrating new AI learning tools.

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“Empowering educators and students to reach their full potential through leveraging AI capabilities lies at the heart of our mission at PowerSchool,” said Shivani Stumpf, Chief Product Officer, PowerSchool. “Hosting the ‘Innovation in Education: UAE Schools’ Summit with Esol Education underscores our unwavering commitment to embracing innovation within the educational landscape.

“This event represents a significant opportunity for educators in the UAE to come together, exchange ideas, and explore innovative solutions to enrich student learning experiences. Through collaborative efforts and insightful discussions, we aim to chart a course towards a brighter future for education in the UAE and beyond,” Stumpf added.

The Summit served as a platform for attendees to participate in engaging sessions delving into the benefits of customized learning experiences facilitated by the innovative PowerSchool Personalized Learning Cloud. Additionally, valuable insights were shared on the advantages of data as a service, focusing on how PowerSchool’s platforms streamline data centralization to empower educators.

Attendees explored the latest cutting-edge product enhancements in the industry, including Connected Intelligence, the education sector’s pioneering fully managed data-as-a-service platform, as well as PowerBuddy, PowerSchool’s AI-assistant, which was specifically designed for students, families, teachers, and administrators.

Participants also emphasized their commitment to overcoming traditional education beliefs to embrace personalized approaches, as highlighted in the survey. AI virtual assistants were recognized as crucial for supporting personalized education, with over 66% strongly agreeing that technology helps personalize each student’s educational experience, while 75% saw the value in generative AI.

However, survey results also revealed that educators are looking for more guidance from school and industry leaders to responsibly implement AI solutions. Regarding AI integration, 37.5% reported piloting AI without established guidelines, while integration with existing educational technology systems was highlighted as a top hurdle. Respondents also raised concerns about data privacy, security, and ethical considerations.

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