In the frame work of the collaboration between the information Technology Department in the Directorate General of Education in South Batinah and Mr. Issa Al Anqoodi, iEARN country's coordinator, Deputy Director at the Information Technology Department, E-learning, in the Ministry of Education, a visit to South Batinah region was arranged to achieve several goals. The visit aimed to follow up with iEARN electronic projects implemented in schools and to recognize the efforts of the region regarding the implementation of iEARN project.
Al Anqoodi started his visit with Um Habeeba School for girls (11-12) in Al Mussanah in which students talked about their experience in implementing some of iEARN projects such as Pen Friends, One Day in my Life, Teddy Bear and Exchanging cultural packages projects. The students expressed their happiness and excitement each time they were collaborating with students from different parts of the world. They also explained how these projects have helped them understand a lot about the culture and lifestyle of foreign countries.
Later, Mr. Issa visited Dar Al Hikma School for Basic education (1-4) in which children talked about the projects that they enjoyed conducting throughout the year and how they used different means of technology to connect with their partners. They also discussed what impact these projects made on them and what they learned from working with children from different countries in different projects such as Holiday Cards Exchange, Images of Caring, Teddy Bear, Machinto and The Seventh Art projects. Dar Al Hikma children also drew and colored a large poster for the Japanese children to show their solidarity and sympathy with them.
Finally, the follow up visit ended in Al Ahed School for Basic education (1-4) in Al-Rustaq. The school organized an exhibition for the projects and their blogs and students took turns in presenting them. Mr. Issa Al Anqoodi and Shiekha Al Ajami, iEARN regional coordinator in Southern Batinah awarded certificates of participation to the students and thanked them for their hard work in applying iEARN projects.
At the end of the visit, Al Anqoodi commanded the hard efforts of the region in applying the electronic projects which helped in enhancing students' learning abilities and their communication skills. Furthermore, He encouraged the teachers to apply more projects and use the available modern techniques to develop the process of communication between countries.
Reported by: Shiekha Al Ajami: iEARN Batinah South Coordinator