Education specialist goes back to Skoool

Saudi-based Obeikan Research and Development (ORD) has gone back to the classroom with Intel to create an e-learning initiative for secondary school children in Saudi Arabia.

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By  Diana Milne Published  October 16, 2005

Saudi-based Obeikan Research and Development (ORD) has gone back to the classroom with Intel to create an e-learning initiative for secondary school children in Saudi Arabia. ORD, which is part of the Obeiken Investment Group (OIG), has teamed up with Intel to develop an e-learning portal to support the school curriculum in Saudi Arabia. The portal will be created using Intel’s educational software package, Skoool. Skoool is an e-learning initiative focused on the secondary school maths and science curriculum. The software can be used in schools as a teacher- guided learning exercise or at home by pupils as a free personal tutor. ORD will be responsible for translating and localising the content on the e-learning portal, which will soon be downloadable free of charge in Saudi Arabia. “At Obeikan we strongly believe that technology in education is a key success factor for the future development of our region. By adapting our interactive learning and supplementary material to the Arabic language, we hope to help increase IT literacy and academic achievement in the Kingdom,” said Abdallah Obeikan, OIG’s chief information officer. “Obeikan has recently signed a contract with education ministries in Saudi Arabia, Kuwait and Bahrain to develop maths and science for grades one to 12,” he added.

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