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  • Don’t Start with Technology: Start with Education Practices That Work

    by Kimberly O'Malley

    In the Middle East, technology is being widely introduced in classrooms as a result of national programs that focus on information and communications technology (ICT). The Ministry of Education (MOE) in the United Arab Emirates, where I recently visited, have emphasized digital instructional materials and set the goal of all students in upper secondary schools having computers as part of their Vision 2021 national education agenda (MoE, 2000). Saudi Arabia (where I also had the privilege to visit) initiated the five-year, 5 billion Saudi Riyal Watani project in 2006. This project will provide technology in classrooms to link students, teachers, and educational directorates via the Internet across the Kingdom for sharing ideas, instructional content, and communications.

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