Dubai, UAE: The Mohammed Bin Rashid Smart Learning Program (MBRSLP), an initiative that focuses on the integration of technology into federal schools, announces the completion of the second year of its Teacher Training program, which trained 2,000 teachers this year to accommodate its national expansion to 146 schools across the United Arab Emirates.
The Teacher Training is designed to give teachers the skills they need to support the effective use of technology in the classroom which the MBRSLP is spearheading, while learning about innovative teaching methodologies. The Teacher Training included introductions on how to use devices as well as the relevant applications and online platform of the Program. Since inception, the MBRSLP has engaged more than 24,000 students across 146 schools in the UAE with promising results. In total, there are more than 3,500 teachers who are now trained on smart learning techniques and are now using these methodologies in their “smart classrooms.”
Mohammed Gheyath, Director General of the Mohammed Bin Rashid Smart Learning Program noted, “Top notch and continuous training for our teachers is an integral part of the Program; the Teacher Training is a mutual learning experience where Program instructors train teachers on how to use devices and use different teaching methodologies, and at the same time get the chance to listen to feedback from the teachers and how they foresee the practical implementation of the Program in the classroom.” Mohammed Gheyath added, “We must first build up the capacities of our teachers, who are the ones directly delivering the Program to our students, and ensure that they have all the expertise and support needed to take the learning process to the next level.”
This year, the Program has handed out tablets and laptops to Teachers of Grades 7, 8 and 9. Those teachers have also been trained on using smart boards, have received an introduction about using computers and online tools to conduct their tasks, how to use operating systems and how to maximize the use of the Internet to benefit their students’ educational goals. Teachers were also given tools to help them create lesson plans online, generate tests and quizzes, and shown best practices for sharing information and communicating with colleagues, students and parents using the Program’s online platform. The training equips teachers with both confidence and knowhow to capitalize on the offerings of smart learning.
“Participating in the Mohammed Bin Rashid Smart Learning Program’s Teacher Training has opened my eyes to new resources that are now available thanks to the Program. With these new tools and a fresh outlook on delivering lessons to students in a way that pushes them to come up with ideas, share their opinions and work together in groups has been a great addition to my long experience,” commented one of the participating teachers. “Learning about how technology can help me develop lesson plans online, communicate with students and parents, send assignments electronically and use smart boards in my classroom to display the digital curricula has freed up a lot of my time, allowing me to focus more on each student,” added another participating teacher who took part in this year’s training.
The 2014 Teacher Training took place in four locations across the UAE and included both the use of the latest school technologies and MBRSLP applications. The training was delivered by top rated instructors and lasted for 4 days. Continuous training and support is available to teachers throughout the year. Adoption Experts placed in each school are readily available to answer questions and troubleshoot any issues as soon as they arise.