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Education Global Forum and GESS: roundup of ITWORX Education’s participation

The ITWORX Education team has been extremely busy at two events held in Dubai at the end of February: the Microsoft Education Global Forum and GESS 2015 (Global Educational Supplies and Solutions).Coming together to form the region’s biggest showcase of current thinking in educational solutions, these twin events were a great chance for us to network, to exchange ideas, and to bring everyone working in the sector up to speed with our latest products and plans. Here’s a quick recap of what went on.


What are they?


Anthony Salcito, Microsoft Worldwide VP for Education, watching a demo of EduShare given by Shady Ibrahim at ITWORX Education booth in GESS 2015
GESS is the leading educational show in the Middle East. Held at the Dubai Word Trade Centre from 24–26 February, it attracted over 9000 visitors from over 70 countries, all attending in order to see 350 exhibitors show the latest technologies in action, source new and exciting products for their classrooms, and take part in a range of discussions about the future of education.

The Microsoft Education Global Forum took place just before the main exhibition. Over two days (22–23 February), it provided an extensive, world-class series of educational events to help teachers, educators and academics of all levels develop their skills, gain insight from international experts and take home some practical teaching methods.


What happened?


    • ITWORX Education was a key participants at both events, giving demonstrations, leading talks and engaging with hundreds of delegates. Our partnership with Microsoft – we are their Worldwide Public Sector Partner of the Year for Education – gave us a strong profile at the Education Global Forum.


    • Our team gave several keynote addresses. Hatem Sallam spoke on ‘Partnerships for Successful Transformations’, Ahmed Saeed on ‘Improving Learning through Assessment’ and Clive Wright, our Business Development Manager, took part in the panel discussion ‘Models for Effective Learning’, along with several students and educators.


Clive Wright, ITWORX Education Business Development Manager at the Microsoft Education Global Forum in Dubai.
    • Clive’s session explored how different learning styles affect the success of various models, and analyzed how different learning styles impact our choice of learning intervention, with particular attention to the use of technology. Clive stressed how taking learning styles into account when delivering lessons creates far more engaged learners. Following Clive’s presentation, school principal Fatima Abdul Malik, educator Zainab Al Baloushi, and a UAE student talked about the benefits of using our Connected Learning Gateway solution in their classroom, as part of the Mohammed Bin Rashid Smart Learning Program.


    • At the forefront of GESS was our busy and popular booth, where we held numerous demonstrations. For example, one of our team, Shady Ibrahim, joined with Anthony Salcito, Microsoft Worldwide VP for Education, in running through the latest developments in EduShare, our digital e-learning content repository.


  • Our Presales Manager Ahmed Saeed also led workshop-style sessions at the Microsoft booth, showing participants how to easily build unique digital content that gets learners excited about learning.

For a taste of what the events were like, check out this online recap of day one of the Global Education Forum.