Sharjah Education Council and MBRSLP partner for smart learning

Smart Radio and 3D printing projects to encourage creativity in students

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Sharjah Education Council and MBRSLP partner for smart learning Sharjah Education Council and the Mohammed Bin Rashid Smart Learning Program (MBRSLP) have announced two smart learning initiatives.
By  Mark Sutton Published  May 13, 2015

Sharjah Education Council and the Mohammed Bin Rashid Smart Learning Program (MBRSLP) have announced two Smart Learning programs which are intended to enhance education opportunities for students.

The projects are Smart Radio in Al Nouf School for Girls and Al Majd School for Boys, 3D printing at the Um Roman Bint Amer Girls School and Abdulah Al Salim Boys School in Sharjah. Both programs aim to continue to encourage high levels of creativity, excellence and achievement for educational curriculums in the Northern Emirate.

The Smart Radio project is developing a radio platform that will allow students to create and broadcast their own radio shows within the schools. The pilot phase of Smart Radio was implemented in Al Nouf School for Girls and Al Majd School for Boys, both in Sharjah. This preliminary project provides an integrated radio platform for each school, and includes training and support for teachers and students through the help of local media organisations.

The programme, which will be led by students for student will include radio broadcasts held online through an interactive platform which enables students to contribute effectively to the school's academic syllabus, radio updates on activities, promoting the importance of communication, as well as develop the ability to interact with an audience.

This project aims to develop students' skills in speaking and listening, teamwork, content and planning and the ability to record and broadcast interviews based on the curriculum, as well as generate interest within the student body on topics of discussion, popularity and community.

Students at both Um Roman Bint Amer Girls School and Abdulah Al Salim Boys School who are studying Math, Design Technology, History and Geography will have access to five 3D Printers and design software supplied by the Program. The inclusion of these state-of-the-art printers is to support students to nurture their creativity and problem solving skills through the design and creation of ‘printed' physical objects.

The 3D printing options also create opportunities for students to develop and practice design, increase IT aptitudes, and for the parents and administration, another avenue to access their children's works and results, as well as establish prospects to collaborate with other schools strengthening the overall academic force within the UAE.

Her Excellency Ayesha Saif, Secretary-General of Sharjah Education Council commented: "We are proud to be able to integrate these innovate programs as part of this technological milestone in our schools and pleased to work alongside the MBRSLP to further engage and prepare our children to be future leaders. With these advancements - through Smart Radio and 3D Printers - we are reshaping how we present information in the classroom and encouraging active participation of our students."

"The Smart Radio project has been introduced as a pilot and we will evaluate its benefits and impact on our students with the hope of launching it in our other schools if proven to have positive results," said Mohammed Gheyath, Director General, and MBRSLP. "We continue to explore new techniques in order to efficiently and effectively transform the methods of student interactions in the classroom, and thanks to the great support of the Sharjah Education Council and the guidance of the Ministry of Education in the ongoing mission to perfect the ideal learning environment for scholastic development."

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