Oct 2017

Sheikh Abdullah heralds ‘new era’ of education

The Minister of Foreign Affairs and International Cooperation gave the opening remarks at the third annual Qudwa teacher’s forum

Roberta Pennington

October 7, 2017

We are at the threshold of a new era in which the concept of education, teachers and schools will change.”

Those are the powerful words Sheikh Abdullah bin Zayed chose to open the third annual Qudwa 2017 Global Teachers’ Forum in the capital on Saturday. Held under the theme, “Teaching for Tomorrow,” the two-day convention attracted more than 900 teachers, principals, policymakers and authors from 80 countries to discuss issues at the forefront of global education.

The disruptive force of ever-evolving technology in the 21st Century classroom continued to surface as a critical challenge – and opportunity – for educators. …

Michael B. Horn, author of “Blended: Using Disruptive Innovation to Improve Schools,” said no matter how advanced technology becomes, computers and machines will never be a true substitute for an inspiring, motivating teacher who can mentor, guide, soothe and counsel a student to reach his or her full potential.

“From my perspective, I think teachers become more important than ever as we move into this brave new world,” said Mr Horn.


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