Microsoft Imagine Us Oman
By staff - Thu Jun 30, 8:24 pm
The Imageine Us competition celebrated innovation and inspiration in education, with a ceremony taking place to award the winners of the second Imagine Us competition, and the Innovate, Teach, Inspire (ITI) initiative.
The winners of Imagine Us, the technology competition for secondary schools taking place with partners Fujitsu and AMD, were picked from more than 400 students and teachers which made up 84 teams that had registered for the competition. Prior to the competition starting, more than 100 ‘master teachers’ from four regions were trained for the competition.
The event also saw the winners of the Innovate, Teach, Inspire project being announced with four teachers receiving awards for their Virtual Classroom Tour project. The Innovate, Teach, Inspire project was conducted with technology partners AMD and HP and saw participation of nearly 30 teachers presenting their projects, with the initiative’s content reaching a total of 1,250 teachers across country.
In the Digital Video Category the team from Arwa bint el Hareth School for girls emerged as winners. The team comprised Aisha al Kanadi, Mira Alawfi and Marwa al Adawi. In the Graphic Design category, the team from Maymouna bint al Harith school for basic education emerged as winners. The team comprised Mona Khalfan Salem Alyahyai, Kholoud Khalifa Ali Saidi and Khamis Moza Saeed Azizi.
In the Web Design Category, the team from Ma’oulla bin Shams for Basic Education emerged as winners. The team comprised Ma’oulli Tariq, Ma’oulli Nasser, Mohamed Fahmy and Rawahi Khalaf. The winners of the ITI Project were Zahra Hassan Abdalkhaleq al lwetti, Shaikha Khalf Na’abi, Nora bint Saif bin Salem El Bahria and Cherifa bint Suleiman bin Hamad Alroahia.
According to Maimoona Humeid al Abri, Director of Educational Technology from the Ministry of Education, Oman, “In Line with our commitment to improve access to and use of information and communications technology (ICT), initiatives such as the Innovate Teach, Inspire initiative and the Imagine Us competition are making a significant impact in implementing better ways to transform education for the benefit of students and the educational community in Oman. I would like to congratulate the winners and I would also like to take this opportunity to thank Microsoft for its contribution in enhancing the overall educational environment in the country.”
Shaikh Saif al Hosni, Public Sector Lead, Microsoft Oman and Bahrain added: “Microsoft’s Imagine Us is all about igniting the imagination of students who are tomorrow’s technology visionaries and leaders. On the other hand, the Innovate, Teach, Inspire project has also become the perfect platform to demonstrate our commitment to the education sector by enriching classroom instruction and enhancing learning outcomes for students. These initiatives reflect our long-term commitment to working with governments, educators, students and industry partners to expand and improve the world of learning through technology.”
Imagine Us is a pioneering technology competition aimed at developing the skills, imagination and creativity of high school students by using special computer applications in designing, graphics, web, and digital video. The competition encourages young high school students in Oman to apply their imagination, passion, and creativity to technology innovations that can make a difference in the world.
As part of the ITI initiative, 50 select master teachers from 25 schools attended a two-day train the trainer session. This enabled them to share their newly acquired skills with their peers by organising similar sessions within their schools. All those trained were then invited to participate in a competition in which they had to design a Virtual Classroom Tour (VCT) project by using the newly learnt practices and tools.