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Embracing 1:1 eLearning in the United Arab Emirates

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The United Arab Emirates (UAE)-based Institute of Applied Technology’s (IAT) objective is to contribute to the development of the UAE by providing distinctive secondary school programs that integrate career and technical education with a rigorous academic core. Towards this end, IAT engaged with the Intel World Ahead program, a global initiative designed to bring the benefits of the digital world to the next generation. Nearly 6,000 Apple MacBook Pro* computers were deployed across five campuses, to 400 teachers and over 5,000 students. Other 1:1 eLearning elements were also introduced such as rich-media local content, new teaching methods and a professional development curriculum, all designed to drive technology-based collaborative learning.

Challenges
• The road ahead. Prepare students for the global workforce in which technology skills and knowledge are fundamental to workplace success
• Essential skills. Help students develop the computer skills they need to thrive in the 21st century
• Tools and knowledge. Enable teachers to effectively use technology within the classroom to ensure improved learning for students

Solutions
• Comprehensive training. Intel introduced 1:1 eLearning training designed to support widespread computer literacy and collaborate learning
• Reaching out. Encouraged the use of information communication technologies (ICT) in the classroom to prepare students for 21st century learning
• Equipping teachers. Provided technology-based training for about 400 teachers so they can pass on knowledge to their students
• Apple MacBook Pro distribution. Approximately 5,700 Apple MacBook Pro computers, each powered by 2nd generation Intel® Core™ i5 processors, delivered to students and teachers

Impact
• Flexible learning. Increased scope of learning for students means students can access almost everything in terms of material, online lectures, labs and videos as well as 24/7 support from the teacher
• Motivation and improvement in thinking. Critical thinking and problem solving skills enhanced among students while students are more motivated and engaged in the classroom.