Intel brings schools bang up to date

Innovative e-learning solution highlighted at this year's show

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By  David Robinson Published  October 3, 2004

Regional software developer and IT solutions provider Interconnect, Intel, and Al Mawakeb School are showcasing “Notebooks for Books” at Gitex, a state of the art e-learning and learning management solution now running live at Al Mawakeb Schools. In the “Notebooks for Books” multi-tier classroom, teachers and students share an advanced academic environment, where the teachers utilise technology to enhance their presentations and improve control and overall evaluation processes. They can deviate from traditional teaching styles to ensure understanding through active and visual engagement. A model classroom has been set up in the concourse area outside the Gitex halls to re-create the “Notebooks for Books” learning environment for visitors. “Some forms of mobile notebook learning has been incorporated into the classrooms of some schools in the US and other areas, but this is our system is quite unique, it allows teachers to have total control in the classroom and monitor all aspects of children’s education,” says InterConnect managing partner Mahamed Oueidat. Brian Harrison, Intel’s Vice President and general manager for Europe, the Middle East and Africa said: “This initiative proves the increasing role that technology plays in the region, and the dynamic developments that are taking place in the Middle East’s education sector. By enabling advanced performance, thin and light designs and an extended battery life in laptops, the Intel Centrino mobile technology turns the notebook PC into a compelling educational tool both for students and teachers”. The 20 classrooms at Al Mawakeb’s two campuses (Al Barsha and Al Garhoud) include a multi-tier design, a teacher podium with an integrated computer doubling as a class server, a network module for wireless set up, a CD/DVD server on the network, individual and group control software, an interactive board, a multimedia projector, a modular white board, a high speed internet connection, and a host of support peripherals. More than 550 Students of grades 11 and 12 have been provided with Intel Centrino mobile technology based laptops, loaded with Interconnects’ state of the art N4B software solution to work over a wireless infrastructure and fully replace books and paper material with the interactive digital content of the books. The students also use Interconnect’s UAE curriculum compliant integrated e-learning system to enhance their skills in an environment where notebook PCs are the prime learning tool. The classroom servers provided for the teachers carry the lecture version of the digitised books. The content of the teacher presentations was formulated by 56 academicians, edited and supervised by the school administrators and graphically enhanced by professional designers, resulting in a fully integrated solution for the teacher in a web-based and presentation format.

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