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Ministry of Education launches Windows 10 for Schools in Oman

Ministry of Education and Microsoft host launch event to roll out of Windows 10 to schools in the Sultanate

Ministry of Education launches Windows 10 for Schools in Oman
The IT director of the Oman Ministry of Education addressing the Windows 10 launch.

The Ministry of Education and Microsoft Oman have launched Windows 10 for Schools in the Sultanate.

The launch was held under the patronage of His Excellency Dr Hamoud Bin Khalfan Bin Mohammed Al Harthy, Undersecretary for Education and Curricula, Ministry of Education, at the Shamsa Al Khaliliya School - Al Khuwair, which has conducted a pilot deployment of the operating system.

HE Al Harthy commented on the launch: "We are proud to partner with Microsoft towards helping in migration of the public schools learning platforms to Windows 10 solutions. We aim to achieve our mission to align basic learning in schools to the needs of employers and serve the general interest of our economy. We have monitored the progress of the pilot school that has already migrated to Windows 10 and we are so pleased with the outcome. We look forward to upgrading the systems and devices in our schools for the benefit of our students."

During the launch, which was attended by experts from the Ministry of Education and Microsoft as well as representatives from public schools, private and public universities and colleges in the Sultanate; teachers and students from the Shamsa Al Khaliliya School demonstrated learning solutions based on Windows 10. The school has received a full migration to the latest Window 10 solutions and devices.

Samer Abu-Ltaif, Regional General Manager of Microsoft Gulf commented: "We are committed to cooperate with the Ministry of Education in Oman on their journey to redefine learning. Windows 10 empowers educators to create teaching environments that nurture students' passions and enable them to achieve beyond their greatest imaginations - making, designing and building the future of Oman. We are keen to help educators and students create and share in entirely new ways. By giving educators the flexibility to teach their students, track progress and instantly adjust, we enable students to learn in a way that suits them and makes learning more personal and productive."

Abu-Ltaif added: "While great technology can never replace great teaching, it is essential that schools have access to the right tools to help drive the most effective learning. We believe that technology applied in new ways can shift behavior and motivation. The goal is to encourage students learn through doing via earning skills set such as practical application by solving problems, progressing and having fun, with real time feedback from educators."

All public schools around the Sultanate will receive the Windows 10 solutions and devices and Office 2016 upgrades.

Throughout the past years, Microsoft Oman has trained a group of teachers, introduced them to the latest technologies and helped them improve the use of technology in education. A large number of students also received intensive training programs to raise their awareness about technology and give them the opportunity to innovate and build such 21st century skills as collaboration, communication, critical thinking and the use of technology in learning.

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