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Dubai Internet City Urges Greater Role Of Technology In Education At GETEX Dubai 2010

Dubai Internet City, the region’s largest managed ICT cluster and a member of TECOM Investments, today announced the need to support the vital role that technology plays in transforming education and improving learning outcomes, at the Global Forum on Technology and Innovation in Teaching and Leading, at the Gulf Education and Training Exhibition (GETEX) Dubai 2010.

Organised under the patronage of His Highness Sheikh Nahyan Bin Mubarak Al Nahyan, UAE Minister of Higher Education and Scientific Research, GETEX Dubai 2010, the Middle East and Asia’s leading education, training and professional development event, taking place from 14-17 April at the Dubai International Convention and Exhibition Centre.

GETEX 2010 will attract high-level faculty from educational boards, colleges, universities, as well as schools. In-depth discussions on how digital age teaching tools will help enhance student’s academic experience will be part of the event that will also seek to address issues on the use of online learning, Web 2.0 applications and multimedia.

Malek Al Malek, Executive Director, Dubai Internet City said: “We are currently experiencing the smart technology era where the younger generation is far more tech-savvy than others. The education sector can leverage young people’s’ inclination to constantly interact with their gadgets for improving the process of teaching, learning and professional development of individuals.

“While technology is rapidly evolving, it will be vital for academics to ensure that education technology remains up-to-date and effectively adopted. Students need to be prepared and equipped with the right tools to demonstrate efficiency once they join the workforce. Take eLearning - an important example of how technology and education work hand-in-hand to support learning, giving students the opportunity to connect and reach all spheres of the world’s cultures.”

High-profile speakers at the technology global forum will include Dr. Don Knezek, CEO of the International Society for Technology in Education (ISTE) - USA; Stephen Cox, Director of Strategic Professional Development, GEMS -UAE; Chris O’Neal, ISTE faculty member, Professor at the University of Virginia and Technology and Director for School District in Virginia, USA and other esteemed speakers.

Anselm Godinho, Managing Director, International Conferences & Exhibitions (IC&E), organisers of the event, said: "The Global Forum provides an avenue for academic institutions in the region to optimise their education technology investment. The majority of the delegates will be faculty members eager to learn more about the latest development in classroom technology. Delegates will have the opportunity to network and learn from an expert faculty of regional and international practitioners who will provide each other with plans and templates to integrate technology effectively in the classroom.

“Dubai Internet City is a sponsor of the forum and has been integral in promoting the value of the event to its technology providers. We look forward to having DIC drive ICT companies to the forum where they can encourage educators to work on better integrating technology in education.”

GETEX 2010 will also incorporate the HR Development and Training Forum. In addition, the event will focus on student recruitment, education equipment and technology, as well as careers and training.

As a pioneering technology cluster, Dubai Internet City is fully committed to nurturing young talents in the region by supporting programmes that offer promising students a chance to develop themselves in the technology sector.

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