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Microsoft to launch Innovate, Teach, Inspire project in United Arab Emirates in collaboration with GEMS Education

Posted Thu 17 Mar 2011 05:08:48 am in News, Culture & Education | By Dubib.com News Desk

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  • Project will benefit 650 educators across 26 GEMS schools in UAE
In line with its commitment to broaden digital inclusion and promote technology in education, Microsoft today announced the launch of the Innovate, Teach, Inspire project in collaboration with GEMS Education, world’s largest provider of K-12 education.

The initial phase of the project included delivering a ‘Train the Trainers’ workshop to 26 master teachers in the UAE between February 27th-28th, 2011. Through the Train the Trainer methodology, those teachers who are now certified as master trainers will be delivering the program to their peers in 26 GEMS schools in the UAE.  The Innovate, Teach, Inspire project is part of the Microsoft Partners in Learning Programme that aims at improving education through the integration of ICT.

Microsoft Gulf Education Director, Mrs. Azza Al Shinnawy, expressed the company’s commitment to the Ministry’s reform agenda and said, “Microsoft has made a long-term commitment to working with governments, educators, students and industry partners to expand the world of learning through technology in order to implement better ways to transform education for the benefit of students and teachers. The Innovate, Teach, Inspire project is the perfect platform to demonstrate our commitment to the education sector by enriching classroom instruction and enhancing learning outcomes for students.”

Mr. Manoj M. Varghese, Director IT, GEMS Education, said: “We are glad to partner with Microsoft on the Innovate, Teach, Inspire initiative. We are confident that this program will give our teachers the added advantage of keeping themselves abreast of latest technological offerings and tools for teaching. It will further enhance their creativity to express innovative ideas, aid teaching and support more powerful learning.”

The participants have received training on several Microsoft tools, including Microsoft Office PowerPoint 2010, Windows Live Movie Maker, Windows Live Blogging and SkyDrive. The 26 master teachers were selected by GEMS.

After attending the two-day Training of Trainers, the master teachers will get the chance to share their newly acquired skills to their peers by organizing similar sessions within their schools. All those trained are invited to participate in a competition in which teachers have to design a Virtual Classroom Tour (VCT) project by using the newly learnt practices and tools. The competition is open to all GEMS teachers starting on March 1st. The winners will be announced during the closing event in April 2011.

VP and General Manager of AMD Middle East, Turkey and Africa, Mr. Bernard Biolchini declared that “Educational institutions and students around the world rely on AMD to provide the technology they need to meet their needs, from world-class supercomputers and powerful workstations for advanced research, to cost-effective servers, desktops and notebooks. As an innovation leader and a technology partner to Microsoft, we are pleased to support the Innovate. Teach. Inspire. project in the Gulf region. By introducing master teachers to innovative teaching practices and tools that are then passed on to other teachers, the project is ultimately ensuring the success of the students.“

Salim Ziade General Manager HP Personal Systems Group ME said, "HP is one of the globe's leading and largest IT corporations and has grown to be so because education is at the heart of its most fundamental core values. We are glad to partner with Microsoft under the Innovate Teach Inspire project as we believe that education and ongoing learning are key to innovation and progress. By constantly improving education through the advance of technology we are investing in tomorrow's global intellectual capacity and leaving a legacy of real and lasting change."

For more information on the project please visit www.iti-project.com

About Microsoft Gulf

Founded in 1975, Microsoft (NASDAQ:'MSFT') is the worldwide leader in software, services and solutions that help people and businesses realize their full potential. Microsoft Gulf opened its Dubai-based headquarters in 1991. Microsoft Gulf today oversees Microsoft activities in Bahrain, Kuwait, Oman, Qatar, the UAE and Yemen. Microsoft Corporation's address on the World Wide Web is: www.microsoft.com Microsoft Middle East's Web site is: www.microsoft.com/middleeast

About GEMS Education

GEMS Education has a global network of world class international schools. With 50 years of experience in education, GEMS provides high quality holistic education to over 100,000 students from 125 countries. It employs over 9,000 education professionals, specialists and staff from around the world. The GEMS approach to learning focuses not only on academic excellence, but also in helping students develop their character and creativity so that they achieve their full potential as human beings. The GEMS Education school model is unique in the world because it offers a broad range of curricula across a range of tuition fees making private education more accessible to the broader community. GEMS Education also supports Governments' education reform agenda by working with Ministries of Education to lift school performance and improve the standards and expertise government schools across the globe. For further information visit: www.gemseducation.com

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