To support teachers and ministry staff gain proficiency in a wide variety of Information and Communications Technology (ICT) skills, Microsoft Oman partnered with the Ministry of Education (MoE), and recently concluded a 'Training of Trainers' programme. The intensive technical training programs and workshops were attended by 25 teachers from different schools and 25 MoE personnel, thereby gaining proficiency in a wide variety of ICT skills from email and calendar support to group projects and communication tools.
The training was a product of the Memorandum of Understanding (MoU) signed between MoE and Microsoft Oman. The training was meant to implement the globally successful Partners in Learning program in Oman which is committed to empower students and teachers and transform education worldwide. The focus of the above was on three key areas including Innovative Teachers, Innovative Schools, and Innovative Students. The goal of the partnership was to enhance the the transformative power of software to create innovative educational experiences that bring students and teachers closer worldwide. The different topics to be covered in the training included Innovative Teaching Using Technology, Integrating ICT in Education, The Learning Process, Review of software tools for innovative teaching in the classroom and Digital Lifestyle. The objective of the programme was to aid teachers integrate ICT into teaching and learning in a meaningful way and also empowering students to use ICT in their schoolwork and learning.