Technology to boost students’ digital economy skills

Interactive displays and video collaboration facilitate more engaged learning

Tags: United Arab Emirates
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Technology to boost students’ digital economy skills Regional educational institutions, such as GEMS in Dubai, embracing audiovisual technology to develop digital economy skills.
By  David Ndichu Published  October 4, 2015

Middle East students set to obtain the skills to succeed in the digital economy, as the region’s educational investment in audiovisual technology is set to top USD 600 million by 2016, according to industry experts.

Governments, schools, and universities in the Middle East are embracing digital technology such as whiteboards, interactive displays and projectors, video collaboration, and distance learning.

The Middle East and Africa educational audiovisual market is set to reach USD 639 in 2016, a 71 percent increase over USD 373 million in 2012, according to a report by industry association InfoComm International. The organization’s subsidiary InfoComm Asia Pte Ltd. is organizing InfoComm MEA 2015, the region’s leading audiovisual event.

In the UAE, education will be the third-largest audiovisual segment by 2016, when spending will cross USD 200 million, according to InfoComm International.

“Middle East educational institutions are at the forefront of using interactive audiovisual tools to provide students with the collaborative skills of the digital economy. Whether in large or small groups, collaborative solutions facilitate more engaged learning and easier teaching,” said Swadesh Khetawat, managing director of Dubai-based Taxan Gulf FZCO, which distributes audiovisual products in 20 countries.

One standout regional example of audiovisual technology in the classroom is GEMS Wellington Academy – Silicon Oasis in Dubai, which has installed a 15-foot wide by 5-foot high Prysm Cascade 190 video wall, with a 75 square foot digital canvas.

“Using video walls, Middle East educators and students can share and interact with different types of digital content to facilitate collaborative, online, and blended learning. Thanks to leadership from institutions such as GEMS, the Middle East is enhancing its global leadership in educational innovation,” said Dana Corey, Vice President of Global Sales, Prysm.

To support interactive learning, Middle East educational institutions need back-end switching, monitoring, and control systems and robust network infrastructure to integrate solutions.

Driving educational innovation with technology, exhibitors at InfoComm MEA 2015 will feature audiovisual solutions from more than 200 manufacturers and suppliers from 30 countries.

The 5th InfoComm MEA will run under the theme of “Digital Interconnect for Peak Performance,” co-located with GITEX Technology Week 2015 from 19-21 October 2015 at the Dubai World Trade Centre.

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