Educators in MENA struggle to implement technology; Microsoft

Educators are embracing digital classrooms but challenges still remain

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Educators in MENA struggle to implement technology; Microsoft Microsoft's survey revealed 97% of educators in MENA feel that technology plays a pivotal role in transforming education systems
By  Aasha Bodhani Published  June 23, 2016

Microsoft conducted a survey which revealed only 32% of respondents are implements STEM education and digital literacy as part of their curriculum in the Middle East and North Africa.

With this said, 97% of educators in MENA feel that technology plays a pivotal role in transforming education systems.

Ahmed Ameen Ashour, educational lead at Microsoft Gulf said: With over half the survey respondents indicating a lack of budget and training to optimise the use of technology in the classroom, there is a definite need to improve integration of technology in classrooms in the region to meet the needs of the 21st century labour market."

"As we bring technology into the classroom, we need to be careful that we use it to complement, rather than replace, traditional teaching practices, and ensure that it is approached holistically. For example, when we implemented the Office Student Advantage program, it was done hand-in-hand with teacher training, to incorporate it into their usual methods to enhance their lessons rather than replace them," added Ashour.

The survey also identified other challenges which included 52% of respondents revealing they did not have adequate access to training and a further 40% indicated that there was a lack of integration of technology with the curriculum.

Furthermore, half of the respondents highlighted that having access to mobile devices was also vital for the classroom, plus 70% believe that creating virtual classrooms and implementing e-learning solutions will improve educational offerings.

The survey also showed that both parents and teachers are committed to creating digital classrooms, and only 19% of parents indicated that they do not support technology in classrooms.

"We're continuing our investment in education, using our resources and expertise to overcome barriers that educators face by working hand in hand with policy makers, setting teachers up for success through training programs and much more, to achieve a common goal of supporting the economic growth of Africa and the Middle East," concluded Ashour.

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