The School Knowledge Net was initiated as a pilot project in 12 schools in 2007 to provide a portal for sharing education applications and student data, as well as three-way communication between students, teachers, and parents.
ictQATAR’s e-Education Manager, Dr Ghadah Omar Al-Fakieh, said the School Knowledge Net will be operating in the additional schools by October 2009 and will incorporate improvements that further ensure information and communication technology makes life long skill development possible.
“To build on the foundation laid by phase one of the School Knowledge Net, ictQATAR and SEC will roll- out phase two with new features to the portal designed to improve the user experience to enhance the technology’s support of student achievement,” Dr Ghadah explained. “Additional training will also be provided to teachers to assist them in integrating the School Knowledge Net into their teaching practices to maximize the portal’s benefits and ensure students deepen their technology skills so they can realize their goals.”
For his part, Dr. Jock Schorger, Educational technology Specialist at SEC said: “I believe that Knowledge Network (Knet) can be the e-Learning hub for Education in Qatar. It has the potential to connect students, teachers, parents and administrators to 21st century learning resources anytime, anywhere.”
Schools were chosen for phase two following a workshop in March this year, which introduced the project to school administrators and outlined the application and selection process. At the workshop ictQATAR’s e-Education Department summarized the positive impact of the portal on the three main players in the education process – students, parent and teachers.
On the benefits of the School Knowledge Net, Amna bint Wahb Secondary School’s Knowledge Net Project Coordinator, Hanem Anwar, said his school’s participation in phase one of the project resulted in new channels of communication being opened as parents have been able to view school assignments and engage with teachers on their child’s progress.
The network has also helped the school to save time and money as students can upload assignments and teachers can post class materials and information, which avoids mass printing. Teachers have also been brought closer together through the school’s use of the School Knowledge Net by sharing their teaching experiences online.
Abdel-Rahman Bin Jasem Preparatory School for Boys’ Knowledge Net Coordinator, Adel Mani, said his school had found they were also able to save about QAR 45, 000 in printing costs as School Knowledge Net meant teachers could mark students’ homework and access educational materials online.
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