Qatar's Supreme Council of Information and Communication Technology (ictQATAR) has launched its first e-Education project in eight Independent Schools.
The School Knowledge-Net project, one of the charters of the e-Education initiative, entails the implementation of learning management systems to enhance the teaching and learning process.
The teacher-training programme, the first step to empower teachers in integrating ICT in education and that complements the K-Net solution, was started on January 29 and runs till February 8.
The K-Net focuses on promoting the development of educational content, portals, applications and knowledge bases.
It also facilitates the integration of ICT tools into education, by enhancing teaching activities, improving the learning experience, and facilitating the administration's intervention.
“The introduction of K-Net programme will enhance the use of ICT in schools, and make teachers familiar with the effectiveness of ICT as an education tool,” said ictQATAR secretary general Dr Hessa al-Jaber.
ictQATAR has also recruited Microsoft and Edutech for the delivery of two learning management systems, Microsoft Learning Gateway, and Blackboard.
These will provide the essential tools for both students and teachers to enhance communication, expand resources, develop teaching, and administration.
Educational expert Multiserve has also been recruited to provide teachers with the necessary training to integrate ICT into classrooms.
The schools involved are the Al-Resalah Independent Secondary School for Girls, the Doha Independent Secondary School for Boys, the Amna Bint Wahab Independent Secondary School, the Al-Wakra Independent Secondary School, the Al-Wakra Preparatory Independent School for Girls, the Omar Bin Al-Khattab Preparatory Independent School for Boys, the Al-Wajba Preparatory Independent School for Girls, and the Muaither Preparatory Independent School for Girls.
“This project is indicative of the extremely important partnership that exists between ictQATAR and our schools,” observed ictQATAR's e-Education manager Dr Mohamed al-Ansari.
The K-Net Project marks the beginning of a nation-wide campaign, thereby contributing to the development of education in Qatar, it has been pointed out.