TABLET LEARNING TAKING OVER IN SCHOOLS
Schools see shift to tablet learning
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.
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