Al Mawakeb rolls out interactive classrooms

The technology platform will be used to teach students in an enhanced multi-tier classroom that has been transformed into a learning e-hub, which puts the teacher firmly in command of all resources.

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By  Angela Prasad Published  January 5, 2005

Al Mawakeb School, which is a private international school, is starting the new term with a state-of-the-art deployment of 20 fully interactive classrooms running on Microsoft technology. The classroom solution, which was developed and implemented by Interconnect, creates a powerful e-learning environment for pupils at the Dubai School. The technology platform will be used to teach students of grades 11-12 in an enhanced multi-tier classroom that has been transformed into a learning e-hub, which puts the teacher firmly in command of all resources. Audio/Video components, interactive white boards, multimedia projectors and state of the art network structures are all at the teachers’ disposal. The standard Al Mawakeb textbooks have all been digitised and transformed into e-formats to allow the students total access and manipulation capabilities. The e-learning solution also includes other learning materials including presentations, online interactive teaching sessions and online examinations. The school already has six computer labs that are used to teach pupils in ICT, but the new classrooms introduce the benefits of technology in teaching across the board in all subjects. “Al Mawakeb School has always invested in the latest technology.We also have extensive online communications between parents, staff and pupils using our web presence. This latest investment marks yet another step for us in realising our long term vision of implementing the latest technologies in education, to help prepare our students for the demands of the modern working world,” says Adonis Nasr, assistant to the president at Al Mawakeb. The solution utilises hardware and software from a number of different partners. Microsoft Windows and Office provides the desktop platform, while Microsoft SQL Server hosts the digital content. The development of the implementation involved feedback from students, teachers and parents. “Microsoft solutions are helping to create powerful e-learning environments that are bringing a whole new dimension to teaching. The Al Mawakeb project is a great example of how ICT can not only offer new capabilities to teachers in presenting their lessons, but it also plays a role in motivating students to learn and explore technology and to realise their full potential through educational tools,” says Abdullah Lootah, public sector manager at Microsoft South Gulf.

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