MBRSLP adopts 10,000 Microsoft Surface devices

The Mohammed Bin Rashid Smart Learning Program implements Microsoft devices to advance initiative

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MBRSLP adopts 10,000 Microsoft Surface devices H.E. Mohammed Gheyath said the Program’s interests are to optimise smart learning and to enable students to acquire complex skills and competencies needed to succeed
By  Aasha Bodhani Published  February 15, 2016

The Mohammed Bin Rashid Smart Learning Program (MBRSLP) initiative, which aims to raise the standards of education in the UAE, has announced the adoption of Microsoft Surface devices for all grade 10 students in the academic year 2015-2016.

The 12-inch multi-touch screen tablet is embedded with educational software, educational portals, applications specifically developed for teachers, students and school administrators, including Office 365 and applications to support the school curriculum. The Program has also provided smart learning platforms that enable students to communicate with teachers outside official working hours and to monitor lesson and homework planners which promotes a fully interactive experience for all users.

"From its inception, the MBRSLP has been advancing according to a well-conceived strategy, which includes the addition of more students and schools every academic year, steadily growing each year. We are thrilled with our partnership with Microsoft to provide our students with state-of-the-art devices that facilitate and simplify learning," said H.E. Mohammed Gheyath, the director general of the MBRSLP

He added: "This is in line with the Program's interests to optimise smart learning and to enable students to acquire complex skills and competencies needed to succeed in a knowledge-led economy and communicate effectively with their peers and teachers."

Samer Abu Ltaif, regional general manager at Microsoft Gulf added: "Mohammed Bin Rashid Smart Learning Program is a key cornerstone in the development of a knowledge-based economy and is an exemplary initiative, both in the region as well as around the world. The program has adopted most innovative Microsoft technologies such as Office 365 and Microsoft Surface, assisting educators and teachers to reinvent the smart learning experience."

Other elements of the MBRSLP include smartboard, and smart devices for teachers, principal and deputy principals, as well as training courses.

There are now 208 schools registered with the Program, 34,500 students from cycle 2 and 3, more than 5,000 teachers. These users are supported by a data centre that serves a database of more the 40,000 that includes teachers, students and school administrations.

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