Technology-based learning debuted in Umm Al Quwain
Mobile learning workshop showed uses for Twitter and the iPad in classroom learning
The UAE Ministry of Education and Gulf Educational Supplies and Solutions (GESS) have hosted a technology-based mobile learning workshop at Umm Al Quwain's Safia Bint Abd Al Motaleb School, Umm Al Quwain Secondary School.
"If a school of 400 students can successfully implement a programme of this scale, here in Umm Al Quwain, there's no reason why it can't happen in larger schools across the country, and indeed across the entire region. Technology has become a vital part of the learning process and this programme is one of many ways that the UAE is leading the way in technological applications in education," said Fawzia Gharib, assistant undersecretary for Educational Operations at the Ministry of Education.
The workshop focussed on technology-based education, including Twitter-based learning and iPad integration and education. Technology experts were on hand to demonstrate how mobile applications can be integrated into the curriculum, particularly in maths and science.
Event participants were shown how social media platforms such as Twitter can be integrated into classroom teaching to help improve student engagement. The event was the first workshop of its kind to be held in Umm Al Quwain.
"Traditionally, Twitter has been used primarily as a way for friends to connect and share experiences through short online updates. We saw this as an opportunity to tap into our students' existing relationships with social media platforms and apply this within a classroom setting. So far, the results have been extraordinary," said Manal Abd Elnaby, classroom teacher at Safia Bint Abd Al Motaleb School, Umm Al Quwain Secondary School.
Patrick Beyrouti, Business Development manager Education at authorised Apple distributor, Arab Business Machine, also showed how the iPad can be used as an effective learning tool in the classroom environment, and introduced a number of teacher and student friendly device applications, including Explain Everything, and additional educational apps.
"This technology resonates with our students in a way that textbooks and chalkboards can't always do. These students have been born into a digital age, and it's to be expected that many of them will learn best through digital tools and applications. It is in the best interest of both teachers and students to embrace these innovative tools, which is why this mobile learning programme is so valuable," said Beyrouti.