Microsoft, GEMS debut ICT education project
Innovate, Teach, Inspire is designed to improve education through the integration of ICT
Working in collaboration with GEMS Education, Microsoft has announced the debut of its Innovate, Teach, Inspire project, which aims to improve education through the integration of ICT.
The first phase of this project involved delivering a teacher training workshop to 26 master teachers, chosen by GEMS, in UAE between 27th and 28th of February. Those teachers are now certified as master trainers and will be teaching their peers in 26 GEMS schools in the UAE.
"Microsoft has made a long-term commitment to working with governments, educators, students and industry partners to expand the world of learning through technology in order to implement better ways to transform education for the benefit of students and teachers. The Innovate, Teach, Inspire project is the perfect platform to demonstrate our commitment to the education sector by enriching classroom instruction and enhancing learning outcomes for students," said Microsoft Gulf Education Director, Azza Al Shinnawy,
The 26 master teachers have undertaken courses on several Microsoft tools, including Microsoft Office PowerPoint 2010, Windows Live Movie Maker, Windows Live Blogging and SkyDrive.
All teachers that have undergone the training, including peer-to-peer training, will be able to enter a competition during March, in which teachers have to design a virtual classroom tour project using their newly learnt skills.
The winners will be announced during the closing event in April 2011.
"We are glad to partner with Microsoft on the Innovate, Teach, Inspire initiative. We are confident that this programme will give our teachers the added advantage of keeping themselves abreast of latest technological offerings and tools for teaching. It will further enhance their creativity to express innovative ideas, aid teaching and support more powerful learning," said Manoj M. Varghese, director IT, GEMS Education.