Gulf English School adopts Firefly e-learning platform

GES selects Firefly solution to support e-learning and collaboration

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Gulf English School adopts Firefly e-learning platform The Firefly solution allows GES to enable e-learning and better collaboration between staff, pupils and parents.
By  Mark Sutton Published  February 15, 2015

Qatar's Gulf English School (GES) has become the first school in the country to deploy the Firefly virtual learning platform.

The Firefly solution gives teachers the tools to create content and share materials simultaneously with students, who can stay in touch from anywhere. Its key features include collaborative communications, rapid homework setting and marking, creating and sharing multimedia content, use of mobile planner apps and integration with cloud based school systems. At the same time, the parental portal allows parents to keep in touch with their children's progress.

GES are using Firefly based on Apple iPads, for e-learning, content creation and communication.

The school recently held an event to showcase the solution to other schools in Qatar.

Alan Goodrum, GES E-Learning Manager and Business Studies Teacher, said: "The Gulf English School has adopted e-learning by implementing Firefly after successful trials as a virtual learning environment across the whole school in September. The use of the Firefly system aligns with GES' wider strategy for e-learning and the use of iPads and other technology in the classroom. This free event aimed to give teaching professionals in Qatar the chance to meet other teachers at GES to share best practice, and learn about the new Firefly approach to e-learning."

"When we trialled Firefly, teachers could see the value of the new system, as it synchronises with many programs like Google docs and other developed applications. It has given teachers and students alike a greater sense of empowerment and more efficient access to all classroom materials to help students stay organised and focused. "

David Frame, Head of School, agreed: "It has proved an amazing tool for staff and students; it works very well and is very efficient."

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