Global education supplies
 show takes off in Dubai

Muaz Shabandri (Reporter) Filed on March 6, 2014
Global education supplies
 show takes off in Dubai

‘Enrich learning experience with solutions that drive participation’

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Dignitaries at the official opening of the Global Education Supplies & Solutions in Dubai on Tuesday. — KT photos by Shihab

Education Minister Humaid Mohammed Obeid Al Qattami opened the Global Education Supplies & Solutions (GESS) on Tuesday. Speaking with delegates, he noted the rapid changes taking place in the education systems.

“Achieving international competitiveness in education is no longer a choice but a necessity. We aim to offer first-class learning and create an ideal model with a future vision which makes us a leader in education,” said the education minister.

He called on teachers to work towards creating excellence and leadership and help bring innovative ideas to classrooms.

Germany, China, Korea, the UK, the US and Finland have country pavilions at the exhibition.

“We know that when our children are engaged, they perform better and retain information longer. That’s why today’s educators are trying to enrich the learning experience with technologies and solutions that drive participation,” said Madhav Narayan, Senior Regional Director, GCC Enterprise Business for Samsung Gulf Electronics.

Major tech companies have regularly partnered with the UAE Ministry of Education to roll out new initiatives and key projects.

“Education remains on top of the agenda across the GCC and various government and private educational institutes across the region are seeking the latest technologies and solutions,” said Tomoo Shimizu, Director, Business Solutions Division at Sharp Middle East and Africa.

The event is taking place at Al Multaqa Ballroom in Dubai World Trade Centre till March 6.

Top picks at show

Swanneck pen: This S-neck pen allows easier Arabic writing and makes it easier for writers to read their own text as they write. It also helps children learn to write better by providing an easier grip.

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Virtual reality: The EON Ibench Mobile allows students to watch objects in 3D and interact with them in virtual environments. For example, a student can see a detailed model of the human brain and rotate in three dimensions for better understanding. Images in textbooks can be illustrated in 3D to explain the complex concepts easily.

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3D printing: Within a few years, students will have access to 3D printers in classrooms to create their own models and add the touch dimension. The MakerBot impressed teachers in the UAE on the opening day of GESS.

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Muaz Shabandri

Education reporter at Khaleej Times. Dabbles with technology, photography and design in free time. Talk to me food, education and good stories!

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