Sharjah Research Technology and Innovation Park (SRTI Park), the UAE’s premier research and innovation hub, has recently conducted a webinar delving on reinventing the role of technology in education.
Technology and education experts from US-based Hewlett-Packard Company (HP), Intel Corporation, and ViewSonic Corporation shared their opinions on how to create world-changing technologies that could enrich present and future generations.
They also talked about the so-called future-ready classroom that could foster active engagement in skills development and build future skills that would support higher-order thinking skills and abilities.
Hussain Al Mahmoudi, CEO of SRTI Park, noted the current coronavirus (Covid-19) pandemic has changed the dynamics of education.
“We need to form new strategies and teaching methods that will encompass traditional, blended and distance learning,” said Al Mahmoudi.
He added: “Gone are the days when students and teachers meet in the classroom to learn. The pandemic has changed the dynamics of education and we are lucky that we can turn to technology to facilitate the linking of teachers and students in several geographic locations and hold classes via remote learning.”
The need for seamless education
Mayank Dhingra, Senior Education Business Lead Middle East, Africa and Eastern Europe, at HP Inc., raised the need for seamless education.
He said: “Educators across the globe are adjusting the way they teach, as they transition to online learning models. Not only do they need the right devices, they need expert guidance on all aspects of the move to digital learning – from IT consultancy, to digital learning courses, and more.”
“While blended learning has been discussed for some time, the role technology plays in education has never been more pertinent than it is today and the need for creating collaborative ecosystems to ensure education continues seamlessly is critical,” Dhingra underlined.
‘New normal’ in education
Neil D’Souza, Regional Manager & Product Head at ViewSonic MEA, introduced the company’s education solution and technology behind the ViewBoard’s and Pen displays as a hardware product that makes the delivery of education easier.
D’Souza introduced myViewBoard eco-system and myViewBoard Classroom, an online browser-based education platform, which is a purpose-built solution designed with the teacher in mind.
He explained: “Whether educators are in the classroom, teaching from home, or reaching students via a combination of both methods, hybrid learning techniques will continue to play an essential role given the “new normal” in education.
Adib Rajji, Intel Public Sector Manager, for his part, said: “We are at the edge of the 4th Industrial Revolution. This is a revolution that will expand our ideas of the possible beyond what we have ever imagined.
“Intel’s new vision for education embraces skills critical for students’ future success, and reinvents the role of the PC in the classroom to ensure the next generation has the technologies and tools they need to meet the challenges of a changing world.”