Schools see shift to tablet learn­ing

7 Days in Dubai - - FRONT PAGE - By Is­mail Se­bug­waawo @is­mailsebu is­

Lead­ing ed­u­ca­tion ex­perts say that the use of tablets, rather than more tra­di­tional meth­ods, is the way to get chil­dren ex­cited about ed­u­ca­tion.

Ibrahim Eld­abour, teacher of Maths at Khalid bin Walid School in Al Ain, said tablets are mak­ing prob­lem solv­ing for chil­dren eas­ier.

“My maths stu­dents are us­ing the tablets to draw graphs us­ing ap­pli­ca­tions like GeoGe­bra, Des­mos or Graphs which make learn­ing eas­ier for them,” he said.

He was speak­ing to 7DAYS at Bett, a lead­ing global ed­u­ca­tion tech­nol­ogy ex­hi­bi­tion and congress hosted in Abu Dhabi, yes­ter­day.

“Many chil­dren feel more com­fort­able us­ing the tablet than the books be­cause it’s much more en­ter­tain­ing.

“Strict su­per­vi­sion is how­ever re­quired so chil­dren can use these gad­gets for use­ful pur­poses.”

Mo­hammed Ghey­ath, Di­rec­tor General of the Mo­hammed bin Rashid Smart Learn­ing Pro­gramme, said “smart learn­ing” us­ing gad­gets such as tablets, smart boards and lap­tops has trans­formed teach­ing and learn­ing.

He said their use in gov­ern­ment schools is pro­mot­ing chil­dren’s en­gage­ment with teach­ers and fel­low stu­dents, mak­ing re­search and prob­lem solv­ing eas­ier.

“Use of tech­nol­ogy in teach­ing has helped im­prove chil­dren’s love for learn­ing and teach­ers say they are now see­ing more stu­dents at­tend­ing class than be­fore,” Ghey­ath said.

He said the Smart Learn­ing pro­gramme has sup­plied chil­dren in gov­ern­ment schools across Dubai and other emi­rates with 35,000 tablets and placed 5,000 smart boards in class­rooms.

Some 6,000 teach­ers have also been given lap­tops be­ing used in teach­ing.

“It is not only giv­ing out tablets or in­ter­net con­nec­tions, we are en­hanc­ing the en­tire ed­u­ca­tion sys­tem, start­ing with the cur­ricu­lum it­self,” he added.

THE FU­TURE: Ex­perts be­lieve tablets can be used to make

learn­ing fun

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