WhatsApp comes in handy for students and teachers

WhatsApp comes in handy for students and teachers
Updated 16 March 2014

WhatsApp comes in handy for students and teachers

WhatsApp comes in handy for students and teachers

Afternoon classes and home tutoring will soon be a thing of the past.
A private school in Riyadh has begun using the WhatsApp mobile application to explain courses, disseminate homework and interact with students for the very first time.
Students join WhatsApp groups with their teachers to discuss lessons and problems after the school discovered that the application can be an efficient educational tool and not just limited to private instant messaging.
To maximize the use of this medium, teachers also give pop questions for each student to answer. Students who come up with the best answers will be awarded prizes every weekend. A teacher supervising one of these group says he usually sends a question to his group in the early morning before school starts to keep them motivated.
“We began this trend as a new educational method,” the teacher said. “Pupils will then come to school optimistic and motivated to win.” The new method also includes teachers posting audio and video clips of class material.
Similar to private tutoring, the material sent on the application is to give additional support to better improve understanding of classroom lessons.
One student at the school expressed excitement about the WhatsApp group. “At six in the evening, we carry our mobiles waiting for teachers to send a recap of the lesson we learned in the morning at school,” he said. “Teachers start the lesson as they would in the school classroom and whoever has a question can interrupt and ask.”
These virtual lessons have greatly helped boost student engagement in the classroom. “It has encouraged me to get better grades,” another student said. “I wake up every morning to answer the question.”
Schools are not the only institutions trying to make the best out of technology. Several Saudi universities have begun using social media websites to send additional material and establish direct communication with students for a stronger educational environment.


Saudi Arabia’s crown prince, Iraqi president discuss cooperation

Saudi Arabia’s crown prince, Iraqi president discuss cooperation
Updated 26 January 2021

Saudi Arabia’s crown prince, Iraqi president discuss cooperation

Saudi Arabia’s crown prince, Iraqi president discuss cooperation
  • They discussed relations and ways of enhancing them in all fields

RIYADH: Saudi Arabia’s Crown Prince Mohammed bin Salman received a phone call from Iraqi President Barham Salih, Saudi Press Agency reported on Tuesday.
During the call, they reviewed relations between the two countries, in addition to discussing ways of enhancing bilateral cooperation in a way that serves the interests of the two countries in various fields, within the framework of the Saudi-Iraqi Coordination Council.
Saudi Arabia and Iraq opened the Arar border crossing for trade for the first time in three decades in November last year. The crossing had been closed since 1990 after the two countries cut ties following Saddam Hussein’s invasion of Kuwait.
Also in November, a Saudi delegation led by the Kingdom’s commerce and industry and agricultural ministers visited Baghdad as part of the framework of the Saudi-Iraqi Coordination Council and the Economic, Trade, Investment, Development and Joint Relief Committee.
A Saudi-Iraqi businessmen forum was also launched on the side-lines of the visit, under the auspices of the Iraqi Prime Minister Mustafa Al-Kadhimi. 
The Saudi-Iraqi rapprochement extends back to 2015, when Saudi Arabia reopened its embassy in Baghdad following a 25-year break.
In July Saudi Arabia and Iraq signed investment agreements on energy and sports.