Tuesday, September 25, 2012

Sheikh Mohammed unveiled iPad college scheme. From ArabianBusiness.com.

Dubai’s ruler has announced around 13,000 students in UAE universities will receive iPads in a bid to improve their learning.

HH Sheikh Mohammed bin Rashid Al Maktoum, Vice President and Prime Minister and Ruler of Dubai, launched the "Mohammed bin Rashid Initiative for Smart Learning" on Sunday at the Abu Dhabi Men's College, the WAM news agency reported.

The iPad scheme covered about 13,000 male and female students in the foundation stages at Zayed University, the Emirates University and the Higher Colleges of Technology (HCT), WAM added.

Earlier this month, Arabian Business revealed UAE’s HCT, the country’s largest higher education institution, had struck a deal with a local Apple supplier which will see UAE campuses remove paper and pens from classrooms and become the first in the region to roll out iPad-only lessons.


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  1. Let the excuses for not turning stuff in multiply by about tenfold: lost power, lost charger, no wifi, iPad broken, etc.....

    Or are the students over there more responsible than others?

  2. That's a good point about wifi -- I have no idea how high a level of connectivity the students in the UAE might have, but iPads are pretty (,) useless trinkets without reliable access to 3G or a wifi connection.

    It has to be a bad idea to try to oust ye olde pen and paper from the classroom. I suspect that even in this day & age there remain some students who prefer to write out notes the old fashioned way, then transfer them to computer files as a way to study and/or check their overall comprehension of a lesson. I know I appreciated that extra layer of contact while I did diss research in archives where my laptop would have been sternly frowned upon for direct note-taking. Some of the insights I had during what could have been seen as rote re-typing ended up being invaluable to the project.


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