Digital Age Calls for Rethink in Teaching Methods

  • 5 October 2011

Traditional classroom methods, both for pupils and teachers are no longer viable, as we have now entered the age of digital literacy, a leading education expert noted at the first day of the Emirates Emirates Centre for Strategic Studies and Research's (ECCSR) second annual Education Conference's final discussion.

Held under the theme of ‘Essentials of School Education in the United Arab Emirates', the conference concluded yesterday.

"Education in the 21st century must include elements including both technological tools such as virtual classrooms and encouraging other elements within a pupil's experience, such as research, risk taking and creativity, which will allow them to build skills that they can use for the rest of their lives," Dr Robin Dada, Dean of the College of Education at Zayed University said.

Referring to the discussion's title, Skills Development for Teachers and Learners, Lolowa Al Marzouqi, an instructor at the College of Education in Zayed University highlighted that it was important to constantly seek alternative methods to foster an enjoyable learning experience.