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Dubai technology centre offers IT lessons for pupils and teachers

January 27, 2014



A technology hub that aims to boost the IT skills of both students and teachers has opened in Dubai. The Etisalat Education Technology Centre was launched on Monday by the UAE Ministry of Education.

It aims to show the public new, innovative ways of teaching and learning. Telecoms firm Etisalat and software giant Microsoft are both working with the ministry on the project to provide web access and training.

Microsoft will show teachers and students how to use smart learning tools to improve their technological knowledge, which they can then apply during classes. "Students will not be in school forever. They will enter the real world. Through this hub they will be self-learners, collaborators and will gain critical thinking skills," said Microsoft MENA academic programme manager Khalil Abdel Massih.

The hub features touch screens that have video conferencing and experimental educational tools. Up to 60 people can access live sessions and connect technology hubs together. There is also a multimedia production room that can be used to make tutorials and videos. The room includes an electronic whiteboard that is used to create electronic content.

UAE education minister Humaid Mohammed Obaid Al Qatami said the ministry is witnessing big changes in the UAE's educational processes. "Education plays a major role in achieving sustainable development in the country," he said. In future, the hub will allow teachers to teach students through video conferencing, while global experts will also train teachers how to include smart learning in their lessons.

Massih said: "We believe that empowered educators, supervisors and school leaders will help bring innovation in teaching and learning to the students inside and outside the classroom and give them 21st century skills for lifetime employability and entrepreneurship."

Links to the content created in the hub, such as revision classes, will be available via the Duroosi YouTube channel, another e-learning initiative from the ministry, Etisalat, and Google.

sarwat@7days.ae


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Source: Seven Days (United Arab Emirates)


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