Dr. Keijo Sipilä | Bett Middle East & Africa 2019

Dr. Keijo Sipilä

22 - 23 April 2019

ADNEC, Abu Dhabi, UAE

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Dr. Keijo Sipilä

Dr. Keijo Sipilä

Chief Digital Officer , City of Kaarina/Department of Education - Finland

Dr. Keijo Sipilä works as a chief digital officer in education department of the city of Kaarina, Finland. He received his PhD degree from the University of Lapland in 2013. Educational technology, its use and effects on teaching and learning processes have for a long time been in his professional and scholar interest; his thesis concentrated on teachers' and students' perspective about the use of ICT in education.

Dr. Sipilä is currently leading the largest 1:1 iPad implementation process in Finnish basic education and is also continuing his career as educational technology researcher.


14:45 - 15:45 | Monday 23 April
K-12 Stream

14.45 – 15.05
​How technology is transforming the classroom

Ms. Nilay Ozral, Chief Executive Officer, Aldar Academies - UAE

Discussion points to include:

1. The golden rule for new EdTech
2. How to empower teachers
3. The role AI might play
4. Spotlight on new tech
5. Looking to the future

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15.05 – 15.45 

Panel discussion:
21st Century Skills - Exploring the 4Cs: Critical Thinking, Collaboration, Communication, and Creativity

Chair: Mr. Matt Harris, Deputy Head for Learning Technology, British School Jakarta - Indonesia
Mr. Gavin Boyle, Director of ICT, St Christopher's School – Bahrain
Dr. Keijo Sipilä, Chief Digital Officer, Department of Education, City of Kaarina – Finland
Mr. Mark Steed, Director, JESS Dubai - UAE
Dr. Ger Graus, Director of Education, KidZania - UK​

Ms. Nilay Ozral

Mr. Matt Harris

Mr. Gavin Boyle

Dr. Keijo Sipilä

Mark Steed

Dr. Ger Graus

10:00 - 11:00 | Tuesday 24 April
K-12 Stream

10.00 – 10.20
HappyPlant Challenge: A series of steamy events

In a quest to #FutureProof his learners, learn how the Head of Technology Integration from Dubai British School participated in a game-changing STEAM+ project with Kalebr and the KHDA, Dubai.

In this happiness and sustainability project, young learners competed by making, coding and innovating artificially intelligent plants and their ecosystems. Nearly 10,000 visitors from over 70 countries explored happiness together in Dubai with the help of these #HappyPlants.

Stop by to learn how to bring similar real-world making and coding projects to STEAM spaces in your school​
Mr. Neal Oates, Head of Technology Integration, Dubai British School - UAE

10.20 – 11.00
Panel discussion:

Chair: Ms. Rubi Mahmood, Program Manager, School Development Division, Private Schools and Quality Assurance Sector, Abu Dhabi Department of Education & Knowledge - UAE
Mr. Kieran Byrne, Managing Partner, RTM Business Group - USA
Dr. Keijo Sipilä, Chief Digital Officer, Department of Education, City of Kaarina – Finland
Mr. Neal Oates, Head of Technology Integration, Dubai British School - UAE

Mr. Neal Oates

Rubi Mahmood

Mr. Kieran Byrne

Dr. Keijo Sipilä

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