KSA MoE to get 9,000 SMART interactive whiteboards

Interactive whiteboards and software to equip classrooms and computer labs across the Kingdom

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KSA MoE to get 9,000 SMART interactive whiteboards The deal is part of the Ministry of Education's plan to deploy 50,000 interactive whiteboards in the Kingdom.
By  Mark Sutton Published  February 22, 2013

The Ministry of Education in Saudi Arabia has awarded SMART Technologies two tenders to supply 9,000 interactive whiteboards and associated software, the largest single sale of interactive whiteboards in the Middle East region to date.

Under the deal, SMART will provide 9,000 SMART Boards, and licenses for SMART Notebook collaborative learning software.

KSA official distributor Obeikan Education will lead the deployment, which will roll out the systems into 6,500 public school classrooms and 2,500 computer labs.

The implementation will also include professional development and training for educators, to create, deliver and manage interactive lessons using the award-winning SMART Notebook collaborative learning software. Educators will also have access to the SMART Exchange online education community, where over one million educators can connect, share and download over 60,000 high-quality digital resources.

"The implementation of SMART Board interactive whiteboards marks the beginning of our journey to transform classrooms with innovative solutions that blend technology with content," said Dr Ahmad Dandani, Head of School Infrastructure, Ministry of Education for the Kingdom of Saudi Arabia. "We have chosen to work with SMART because they are the leading provider of innovative solutions for education."

"This implementation demonstrates our commitment to working with the Ministry of Education to ensure they have the best education solution to help teachers engage students and improve student outcomes," added Abdullah Obeikan, CEO, Obeikan Investment Group. "SMART's education solutions encourage collaboration and lead to increased student understanding."

The Saudi Ministry of Education intends to equip 50,000 classrooms with interactive whiteboards over the next three years, as part of is vision to enable collaborative learning to enhance education.

"The Ministry of Education for the Kingdom of Saudi Arabia's plan to equip 50,000 classrooms with interactive whiteboards over the next three years is a significant step forward and it is clear that the government recognizes the importance of transforming education through inspired collaboration," said Neil Gaydon, president and CEO, SMART Technologies. "This large purchase of SMART products demonstrates two things: that an increasing number of countries are recognizing the importance of collaborative technology in the classrooms and when those countries make decisions about who to choose, they invariably choose SMART."

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