Dubai, UAE, 18th April, 2013: Arabic speaking parents from the GEMS Schools network have had the opportunity this week, to explore strategies for supporting and keeping up to date with students, as education becomes more technology-based.
The exclusive Arabic sessions, aptly named “Parenting in a Digital World,” were in keeping with GEMS Education's philosophy of preparing students for the world of tomorrow. International consultant Samer Chidiac was on hand during the sessions and covered a variety of hot topics from digital education to Internet safety controls and responsible use of devices.
Alan Marshall, GEMS Director of Standards and Digital Education commented, “Parents are sometimes intimidated when they have to learn new high-tech ways of doing things, whereas their kids are born in an era where technology is all around them. We want to narrow that gap, empower parents and move in unison with them. Sessions like this support parents with information, hands-on opportunities, and guidance to ensure they don't get left behind in their child's educational experience.”
The sessions are part of GEMS Education's promise to include parents as partners in education. As students are immersed in a more digital learning experience and teachers develop more digitally enhanced teaching methods, parents can't be left out of the equation. Parents have expressed their appreciation for and interest in digital learning support with requests for more workshops, which will follow.
Lames Abdul Hadi, a parent at GEMS Wellington Silicon Oasis had very positive feedback from the session saying, “Parents need to be aware of their children's online activities, but keep an open mind, talk to them and trust that they will use technology responsibly. Digital learning is here to stay and we have a duty to support our kids. Workshops, more information about cyber-safety, and even our children can teach us a lot about computing and the Internet, but a positive attitude about technology is everything!”
Speaker, Samer Chidiac has 13 years of experience in the fields of technology and education, and visited six GEMS Schools during the course of the week. These included GEMS World Academy- Abu Dhabi, GEMS American Academy- Abu Dhabi, The Cambridge High School - Abu Dhabi, GEMS Wellington Academy – Silicon Oasis, The Westminster School- Dubai and Al Khaleej National School -Dubai. Mr Chidiac is currently on tour across the Middle East and Africa, where is conducting
high-level strategic workshops covering the UNESCO Framework, 21st Century Learning and
How to Embed Technology in Education for Ministries of Education and Education Influencers.