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Nord Anglia Education publishes new insights on the role of AI and metacognition in learning

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LONDON, May 23, 2024 /PRNewswire/ — INSIGHTS, the global publication from Nord Anglia Education, has published two new articles taking an in-depth look at AI in education and the role of metacognition in teaching and learning.

Exploring the role of AI in learning
https://www.nordangliaeducation.com/insights/2024/articles/the-generative-generationIn its ‘Generative Generation’ feature, INSIGHTS explores the role of artificial intelligence (AI) in education, and whether the technology is making it easier for children to learn. Speaking to Nord Anglia’s educators as well as leading experts from the world of academia, it also includes real-life examples of how Nord Anglia’s schools are using AI in the classroom.
For example, Nord Anglia’s British International School in Kuala Lumpur has adapted the technology to create an AI-powered teaching assistant that can personalise learning, guide students through content exploration, and deepen their understanding through interactive activities. Learners define the topic they want to explore and the course specification they are working to, and the AI explores the content with them in a conversational way, enabling them to ask questions as they go. 
Dr Bruce Geddes, Deputy Head of Secondary at the school, told INSIGHTS that AI represents “the biggest opportunity we’ve had in our lifetimes, for many, many spheres, but particularly in education”.
Avenues: The World School in New York, which became part of Nord Anglia in 2023, encourages its students to use AI in their work. As an example, in an app development project students use ChatGPT to generate the bulk of the coding, then review, correct and refine it. This saves them “hours of manual work by leveraging the appropriate tool in an academically appropriate way,” says Lia Muschellack, Director of Technology at the school.
The school also has its own generative AI chatbot, Savvy, built in 2019 and now powered by open AI technology. It can answer queries, provide information, and engage in “diverse discussions ranging from academic topics to casual conversations”.
“We understand that our students will be actively leveraging these tools throughout their academic and professional pathways, so we want to make sure they not only understand the potentials and limitations, but that they have tinkered and truly experienced them,” Muschellack explains.
Metacognition: a learning superpower
In its feature ‘Metacognition. Helping Kids Unlock the Power of ‘Thinking about Thinking’, INSIGHTS looks at how students can develop the important skill of metacognition.
“Metacognition is the ability to be aware of our cognitive or thought processes and to monitor, reflect on, and change those processes,” Dr Rose Luckin, Professor of Learner Centred Design at the University College London Knowledge Lab, told INSIGHTS.
Nord Anglia Education is working with Dr Luckin to develop its approach to metacognition and to help teachers introduce metacognitive strategies into classrooms. It has developed a metacognitive framework of six “Learner Ambitions” to help students develop the 6 Cs: to become critical, creative, committed, and curious learners, working compassionately and collaboratively in the classroom and beyond.
As the article explains, Nord Anglia’s deep dive into metacognition has many goals: developing student agency, boosting academic performance, and developing ‘future’ skills that employers want. The framework is being initially applied across 27 Nord Anglia schools around the world and its impact will be measured in independent research in partnership with Boston College, reporting in 2025.
Nord Anglia’s examination of metacognition also involves exploring personalised goals and thinking routines. For instance, students at Nord Anglia International School Hong Kong use the “Step In, Step Out, Step Back” routine to develop empathy and understanding in their studies. “It’s about asking the right questions; those really big questions that lead to even more questions,” says Raquel Thomson, the school’s Deputy Head of Primary. “Thinking strategies like this stay with students and serve a purpose whatever they do in their lives, whether they choose to be a scientist or a teacher or go into business.”
For media enquiries please contact: Francesca Milani Communications Manager, Digital Education Portfolio +44 20 7131 0000 [email protected] 
About Nord Anglia Education:
As the world’s leading international schools organisation, we’re shaping a generation of creative and resilient global citizens who graduate from our schools with everything they need for success, whatever they choose to be or do in life.  
Our strong academic foundations combine world-class teaching and curricula with cutting-edge technology and facilities, creating learning experiences like no other. Inside and outside of the classroom, we inspire our students to achieve more than they ever thought possible.  
No two children learn the same way, which is why our schools around the world personalise learning to what works best for every student. Inspired by our high-quality teachers, our students achieve outstanding academic results and go on to study at the world’s top universities.  
To learn more or apply for a place for your child, go to nordangliaeducation.com.
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InterSystems TrakCare and InterSystems IRIS for Health to underpin deployment of fully unified future-ready AI-driven healthcare ecosystem at NEOM

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RIYADH, Saudi Arabia, July 24, 2024 /PRNewswire/ — InterSystems, a creative data technology provider dedicated to helping customers solve their most critical scalability, interoperability, and speed challenges, and NEOM, the sustainable development taking shape in northwest Saudi Arabia, today announced a groundbreaking partnership to revolutionize the healthcare experience within NEOM.

The partnership enables NEOM to deploy InterSystems TrakCare® across its healthcare facilities, which currently include one hospital and 41 clinics. TrakCare is a unified health information system that provides clinical, administrative, and financial information as a single source of truth for each patient and offers enhanced clinical decision support capabilities.
Additionally, by the end of 2024 InterSystems IRIS® for Health will centralize NEOM’s clinical application data to facilitate the development of innovative health programs. InterSystems IRIS for Health is a comprehensive, cloud-first digital health development platform that provides all the building blocks needed for Machine Learning and to work with practically any healthcare data standard, including HL7® FHIR®.
By adding IRIS for Health to their health ecosystem NEOM will significantly enhance the overall individual’s experience and move towards realizing NEOM’s ‘one patient, one record’ approach.
As a flexible and powerful healthcare information system TrakCare equips NEOM with extensive data capabilities, and as a digital health development platform IRIS for Health facilitates NEOM’s use of Artificial Intelligence (AI) driven technology. Combining these offerings empowers healthcare providers to make better informed decisions that optimize operations effectively for world-class healthcare services.
“This partnership marks a significant milestone in our mission to advance healthcare through innovative technology,” said Ali Abi Raad, Country Manager for the Middle East, India, and South Africa, InterSystems. “We are proud to support NEOM and their vision of building a digitally integrated healthcare ecosystem and becoming a global leader in health and well-being.”
“The partnership with InterSystems is a significant milestone in realizing our digital first and personalized prevention focused healthcare system. To realize this vision, we need flexible and data standards driven technology partners who are committed to our ‘one patient, one record’ approach.” – Dr Mahmoud Alyamany, Sector Head, NEOM Health & Wellbeing.
About InterSystems
Established in 1978, InterSystems is the leading provider of next-generation solutions for enterprise digital transformations in the healthcare, finance, manufacturing, and supply chain sectors. Its cloud-first data platforms solve interoperability, speed, and scalability problems for large organizations around the globe. InterSystems is committed to excellence through its award-winning, 24×7 support for customers and partners in more than 80 countries. Privately held and headquartered in Cambridge, Massachusetts, InterSystems has 39 offices in 28 countries worldwide. For more information, please visit InterSystems.com.
About NEOM
NEOM is an accelerator of human progress and a vision of what a new future might look like. It is a region in northwest Saudi Arabia on the Red Sea being built from the ground up as a living laboratory – a place where entrepreneurship will chart the course for this new future. It will be a destination and a home for people who dream big and want to be part of building a new model for exceptional livability, creating thriving businesses and reinventing environmental conservation.
NEOM will include hyperconnected, cognitive cities, ports and enterprise zones, research centers, sports and entertainment venues and tourist destinations. As a hub for innovation, entrepreneurs, business leaders and companies will come to research, incubate, and commercialize new technologies and enterprises in groundbreaking ways. Residents of NEOM will embody an international ethos and embrace a culture of exploration, risk-taking and diversity.
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Zesty Introduces Cloud Insights and Automation Platform To Ensure Optimization and Cloud Operational Excellence

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With prescriptive insights and AI automation for cloud infrastructure management for multiple CSPs, Zesty’s platform makes it simple to optimize cloud spending and performance, improve utilization rates, and create new opportunities for FinOps and DevOps teams
SAN MATEO, Calif., July 24, 2024 /PRNewswire/ — Zesty, a leader in automated cloud infrastructure management, announced today the launch of its Insights and Automation Platform. Designed to support a multi-cloud strategy and transform cloud challenges into opportunities for FinOps and DevOps teams, the platform optimizes cloud spending and improves utilization rates with prescriptive insights and automation, empowering companies to focus on innovation, not cloud or budget management.

As global innovation drives continuous exponential cloud growth, more than half of CIOs have reported an increase in their IT budget for this year specifically to enhance their capacity for financing new projects. Overseeing multiple vendors, intricate cost structures, and ever-evolving company needs have created enormous complications for companies as they scale and budget. While R&D teams prioritize leveraging cloud services to drive innovation and competitive advantage, Finance teams focus on controlling costs and ensuring budget adherence.
Zesty’s platform incorporates new insights to drastically simplify SMB and enterprise cloud cost management by prioritizing the highest value recommendations for FinOps teams. For example, the recommendations focused on reducing unused resources alone can help companies cut costs by 7%, which in some cases represents millions of dollars annually. The platform also hosts Zesty’s AI-driven flagship solutions, Commitment Manager and Zesty Disk, which automatically scale cloud resources up and down and identify potential savings across services. Zesty’s integration of insights and automation ensures that cloud investments consistently align with evolving business objectives with even greater efficiency and savings.
“CIOs are constantly exploring avenues to finance new projects. The Zesty Insights and Automation Platform will play a pivotal role in identifying areas of waste and help to free those funds for innovative projects. Machine learning capabilities and predictive analytics are driving serious returns for FinOps teams, with some of our customers recovering over a million dollars a year from cloud waste and using that to amplify innovation,” said Maxim Melamedov, CEO and Co-Founder of Zesty. “Our mission is to help businesses easily eliminate cloud-related waste in all its forms, financial, cloud resources, environmental, and time. Our platform comes at a critical time given the industry’s urgent need for effective financial management of cloud operations. Companies across all industries are desperate for a guide on their FinOps journey, and we are excited to be able to help.”
Zesty sets a new standard for the fragmented FinOps industry, providing a unified and efficient approach to cloud management, transforming visibility into action with prescriptive insights and automation, optimizing services such as AWS’ EC2, EBS, RDS, S3, ELB, EIP, and Azure’s Virtual Machines. Fueling its commitment to enhancing cloud infrastructure efficiency, Zesty manages billions in AWS contracts. Zesty’s customer-centric approach earned the company a near-perfect (4.9/5) CSAT (Customer Satisfaction Score) in 2023.
To learn more about Zesty’s Insights and Automation Platform or to book a demo, click here.
About Zesty
Zesty helps organizations accelerate innovation with its cloud infrastructure optimization platform. Powered by machine learning, Zesty provides FinOps and DevOps teams with prescriptive insights and automation to achieve the ideal utilization of cloud resources and enables CIOs to balance operational excellence and costs. Zesty’s optimization platform helps companies efficiently allocate resources for applications, with solutions for compute, storage, containers, databases, and more, saving time and money.
Founded in 2019, Zesty was built with the vision of making the cloud more affordable and accessible while reducing waste. With offices in San Mateo, Tel Aviv, Kiev, New York, and London, Zesty supports thousands of organizations, helping them get maximum value out of their cloud infrastructure. To learn more, visit https://zesty.co/.
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Zenoo calls for collaboration to tackle AI fraud in banking

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CAMBRIDGE, England, July 24, 2024 /PRNewswire/ — UK technology company Zenoo warns the use of AI in banking fraud is just getting started – and collaboration with AI specialists is required to stem its flow.

Cambridge-based Zenoo – whose clients include London Stock Exchange, Experian, Transunion and NASA – supplies digital onboarding and protection from financial crime for businesses and has issued a warning to the banking community that the malevolent use of AI will only become more sophisticated and prevalent in the future.
Zenoo UK managing director George Taylor said: “It’s an enormous concern how quickly and significantly AI is being innovated to assist in banking fraud. In particular, social engineering attacks to steal personal information, enable identity theft and unauthorised access to bank accounts, is becoming remarkably advanced.”
Key areas of concern include Psychographic Profiling – where AI will analyse extensive data to create detailed psychographic profiles of individuals, tailoring social engineering attacks to exploit specific psychological traits – and Manipulative Interactions where the rising use of chatbots and virtual assistants in banking will be taken advantage of to engage in prolonged, convincing interactions with targets to extract sensitive information or induce them to perform actions that compromise their security.
Taylor is calling for banking to respond to the AI threat with AI too by collaborating with AI defence systems that can learn and adapt in real-time to detect and respond to emerging threats and machine learning models to identify and predict potential fraud based on evolving patterns and behaviours.
He adds: “The key word in combatting the AI threat is ‘collaboration’. Here at Zenoo we partner with cutting edge providers of the latest AI deepfake detection solutions which can be easily integrated into existing or new customer on boarding flows to combat fraud. We must take advantage of those specialists who are analysing and responding to the AI threat on a daily basis”.
Visit Zenoo to learn more or book a demo.
About Zenoo
Zenoo specialises in the remote onboarding of customers for international companies to help them improve their conversion rates, breaking down barriers and making it easier for their customers to open accounts online. Visit partner.zenoo.com for further information. 
Media enquiriesContact Bruce Ackland on +44 7884 076548 or email [email protected] 

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