The iPad has already become notorious for establishing itself as a worthy tool in the field of education. Surveys have been made to prove its effectiveness and schools have rushed to acquire as many as they could. Now the educational tablet goes international.
His Highness Sheikh Mohammad Bin Rashid Al Maktoum, Vice-President and Prime Minister of the UAE and Ruler of Dubai kick-starterd last week the Mohammad Bin Rashid Initiative for Smart Learning for higher education in the country at the Abu Dhabi Menâ€™s Collage.
The tablets are destined to 13,000 students in their first years of university education of Zayed University, the Emirates University and the Higher Colleges of Technology. The event was graced by the presence of some of the most illustrious personalities in the country like ministers and deans of colleges. Sheikh Mohammad visited the iPad training classes and observed students engaged in iPad related activities.
â€œIt took eight months of planning and a very careful assessment of our campusâ€™ ability to handle these intriguing devices,â€ explained Thomas Cochran, Associate Provost and Campus Director of Zayed University.
Second year IT student and IT project coordinator at HCT Mohammad Khaled Salmen explained to reporters present at the event that the initiative aims to break studentâ€™s reliance on paper-based knowledge, highlighting the eco-friendly side of this project. In that sense, the IT department has prohibited students from printing any of their materials thus ensuring the act of studying and learning remains only tablet based.
The program has already started and in the first week, in order to familiarize themselves with the devices, students were asked by educators to take pictures with their iPads of the campus grounds.
â€œThis was the first step taken in engaging the students, â€œexplained Mohammad Khaled Salmen
Source: Ipad Application Development Dubai