Saudi Arabia is embracing education technology innovation in the “new normal,” enabling the changing role of the teacher, creative collaboration, and social distancing in the classroom. Aiming to support this shift, global technology brand Epson is participating in the Saudi Education Technology Summit 2020, running from Nov. 10-11.
Children across Saudi Arabia are being educated via adapted lesson plans and leveraging existing platforms in new ways, which may better equip them for their working futures.
A previous study run by Epson asked experts about the expected changes ahead for the future of the education sector. At that time, 78 percent of those experts and peers that Epson spoke to, believed that technology would challenge the traditional way of doing things in education.
“This is a time of massive transformation in education in Saudi Arabia, with Saudi Vision 2030 providing the roadmap for educational innovation,” said Jason McMillan, sales director, Epson Middle East. “The Saudi Education Technology Summit is an ideal platform for educational establishments to understand how the latest technologies can support social distancing in classrooms, drive interactive learning and collaboration, and save printing time and costs.”
During the virtual event, McMillan made a presentation on “Reshaping the Future of Education with Epson.” Epson is the event’s platinum partner.
Among the study respondents, 70 percent expected teachers to shift away from solely imparting knowledge to guiding students through learning, 64 percent said information and analytical skills would become the focus of education, and 71 percent agreed blended learning would make education more dynamic and teachers more efficient.
Augmented reality, and collaborative technologies, such as interactive projection enabled by the types of products Epson already supplies into schools and education establishments, are expected to enable and encourage more dynamic educational content, according to 70 percent of those in the study. Epson’s innovative educational collaboration solutions include the EB-1485Fi interactive display solution and the ELPDC21 education document camera.
Epson display solutions, with scalable and high-res projection displays, support safe schooling by allowing students to be seated 2 meters apart and ensuring all students can see the screen clearly, even those at the back. With scalable screens up to 155 inches, Epson display solutions offer a more flexible solution than flat panels.