Educators in the Gulf would like to see more technology in schools and greater integration of technology into curricula, according to a survey conducted for education show GESS Dubai.
The study of almost 1,000 education professionals from across the Gulf asked what improvements teachers and leaders would like to see.
Technology topped the list, particularly devices such as smartboards, virtual reality headsets, tablets and smart apps as well as 3D printers. Teachers said they would like to see more interactive software to help teachers and students perform better and to become more innovative.
Non-technology related improvements also made it to the wish list, including the development of programmes that will encourage more critical thinking for students, greater use of outdoor spaces, as well as more resources dedicated to nurturing a green environment across schools in the UAE.
GESS Dubai that will take place from 27th February to 1st March 2018 at the Sheikh Saeed Halls of the Dubai World Trade Centre.
"For over 10 years now, GESS Dubai has been the premier showcase for the latest education-focused products and solutions in the region. In our desire to stay relevant to schools' needs, we did the survey to find out what school leaders and education professionals need more of to enhance the teaching and learning experience in the classroom. Technology-related teaching aids and learning tools were the overwhelming choice. With the exhibitors we have carefully chosen to be a part of this year's show we are sure they will have a wide selection of reputable brands from all over the world to choose from," said Sarah Palmer, Marketing and Conference Director, Tarsus F&E LLC Middle East, organisers of the GESS Dubai.