(MENAFN - Khaleej Times) An issue regularly discussed by educators, the use of technology in education, will be at the centre of discussions at an educational forum which will be hosted later this month.
Speaking with Khaleej Times, Humaid Mohammed Obaid Al Qattami, UAE Minister for Education, said: "Technology is a major driver in developing education. There is a scope for improvement in UAE schools and we will continue to closely work with schools and technology providers to address concerns."
He added that educators need to address technology concerns and continue improving their teaching methods to enhance learning capabilities of students.
His comments came on the sidelines of a Press briefing to announce the fifth edition of the Global Education Forum and the Global Education Supplies and Solutions (GESS).
The three-day event will take place from February 28 to March 1 at the Dubai World Trade Centre as this year's forum will address 'teaching and learning in the knowledge and technology era'.
More than 160 papers will be presented as keynote speakers will also host sessions on 'Social media in learning', 'The role of smart phone applications in the classroom', 'Integrating iPads in modern education' and other technology-related issues.
"Technology is a part our lives and there is no doubt technology can help schools. The end objective is to enable better learning with a focus on students," said Dr Eesa Bastaki, CEO of Information and Communication Technology Fund.
He also noted that one of the major challenges in implementing new technology in schools was the willingness of teachers to adopt a new teaching style.
"Teachers take this as an extra burden but the technology is in reality a facilitator. We need to change the culture and make technology readily available for educational purposes," concluded Dr Eesa.