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Alef Education and the Ministry of Education in UAE Inaugurate Implementation of Alef Education System in 10 Abu Dhabi Public Schools June 18, 2018

Alef Education and the Ministry of Education in UAE Inaugurate Implementation of Alef Education System in 10 Abu Dhabi Public Schools

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A holistic educational ecosystem to be applied to more than 6,000 students in 10 public schools in the UAE as of September 2018

 

Abu Dhabi, UAE, Monday 18 June 2018 – The Ministry of Education (MOE) in the United Arab Emirates and Alef Education, the leading UAE-based education technology company, signed today an Agreement to implement Alef’s education system in ten Abu Dhabi public schools. The Agreement was signed in the presence of H.E. Hussain Ibrahim Al Hammadi, Cabinet Member & Minister of Education, Jassim Alseddiqi, Chief Executive Officer of Abu Dhabi Financial Group and Alef Education Board Member, and was signed by H.E Lubna Ali Al Shamsi, Deputy CEO of School Operations and Geoffrey Alphonso, Chief Executive Officer of Alef Education.

This landmark Agreement follows the success of Alef Education’s implementation at the Al Asayel Abu Dhabi public school in 2017. Results of that one-year utilization at the school showed a remarkable increase in student engagement and learning outcomes. Teachers, parents and the school leadership at Al Asayel expressed satisfaction and appreciation at these results.

This new Agreement expands on that initial collaboration by extending Alef Education’s reach into 10 public schools, and covering over 6,000 students in Grades 6, 7 and 8 starting this coming Academic Year in September 2018. The list of the ten schools that are part of the Agreement includes Al Suqoor School, Al Asayel School, Fatima Bint Mubarak School, Sa'ad Bin Mo'ath School, Atika Bint Abdel Muttalib School, Makkah School, Al Dhaher School, Al Khair School, Qatr Al Nada School, Al Nokhba School.

H.E. Hussain Ibrahim Al Hammadi, Cabinet Member & Minister of Education confirmed that the transition to a knowledge-based economy requires dynamic education that keeps pace with the best global systems founded upon a new technology-based and artificial intelligence (AI) driven reality where smart and digital learning play a major role in contributing to raising the levels and outcomes of teaching and learning and enhancing student interaction. This is one step towards achieving an enriching education that will have a great impact on students in terms of their skills set and knowledge. In this context, the Ministry has decided to move forward with this vision through the implementation of “Alef System”, the innovative educational system which revealed good, clear and distinctive results upon its implementation in one of the schools, and which inspired us to expand the scope of the targeted schools and to take the implementation process to an advanced stage with 10 more schools in Abu Dhabi.

His Excellency said that the Ministry seeks to provides both technology and educational content, fosters the student’s motivation to learn, provides space for creativity, critical thinking, thought analysis and making conclusions, based on a real time digital database in line with the curriculum and latest teaching methods.

H.E. Hussain Ibrahim Al Hammadi said that the transition to a knowledge-based economy is part of the priorities and agenda of the government and its Vision 2021 and the UAE CENTENNIAL 2071. The transition is based on future foresight which has become a significant national industry in the UAE. His Excellency pointed out that the UAE translates its future vision into development approaches as well as advancing and fostering creative visions, projects, initiatives and programs. In this context, education stands as a priority for the leaders of the UAE, and we are engaged in setting up and deploying the various capabilities and potentials to make the UAE education system the best in the world. For this purpose, our reliance on modern technology is an inevitable and pertinent reality that accelerates the pace of reaching our ambitions and goals to reach an innovative competitive education system.  

His Excellency indicated that the Ministry of Education seeks to strengthen its strategic partnerships with the parties concerned with providing modern, model and interactive education content which is in line with our aspirations in the Ministry of Education to achieve the integrated, holistic UAE school in terms of the education aspects and methods in place and which enhances the curriculum. He pointed out that cooperation with “Alef Education” is the result of a constructive collaboration with a leading technology education company that is expected to achieve the best educational outcomes in the near term.

Jassim Alseddiqi, Board Member of Alef Education and Chief Executive Officer of Abu Dhabi Financial Group said: “We extend out great gratitude to the Ministry of Education for the trust it has given to Alef Education to achieve this partnership opportunity. We are committed at Alef Education to supporting the educational objectives of the UAE as well as the UAE Future Foresight Strategy which is based on short, mid and long terms stages driven by a future national vision and proactively and sustainably in an agile way. Also, this landmark Agreement re-enforces our dedication to participate in the global presence of the UAE as the new world center of innovation, learning and science, through our vision at building the future of education in the UAE and beyond in the world. The 21st century calls upon alert, capacious, innovative and skilled individuals, and those are the students Alef works hard at preparing for careers in a global world and for leadership in a multi-disciplinary knowledge economy. Through this Agreement with the Ministry of Education, Alef will pursue its mission to build the minds of learners and empower them with the tools, methods and knowledge necessary to stimulate their minds and imagination and enhance their participation, engagement and creativity not only throughout their learning journey, but also to prepare them to advance the UAE strategy and enable them to take leading responsibilities and roles in all economic, scientific and technological sectors, thereby influencing the world in a more, responsible and distinct manner.”

Commenting on the Agreement, Geoffrey Alphonso, Chief Executive Officer of Alef Education, said: “We are honored that the Ministry of Education has chosen Alef Education to leverage our resources and strategies for the benefit of the ten public schools in this great nation. Alef Education is committed to working closely with the schools and their leadership where our educational system will be implemented to provide the students, parents & teachers with a truly engaging and digital experience. We also look forward to partnering with the Ministry of Education to expand our footprint to include other schools in the UAE and beyond.”

This close cooperation between Alef Education and the Ministry of Education is very much in line with the UAE Vision 2021 which emphasizes the development of a first-rate education system and which will require a complete transformation of the current education system and teaching methods. The Vision aims for all schools to be equipped with smart systems and devices as a basis for all teaching methods, projects and research.

Alef Education’s ecosystem brings together a blend of the latest technology and pedagogical approaches geared towards learners of today. The ‘Alef Platform’ has three main pillars: (1) A fun and easy-to-use digital learning environment, developed by leading technology experts based in Abu Dhabi. (2) High quality hypermedia content developed to engage and stimulate learning with a blend of videos, interactivities and games all linked to the Ministry of Education curriculum and learning outcomes across three grades (Grade 6,7 & 8). (3) Real time data provided within each lesson to truly enable educators to support personalized learning and identify student strengths and weaknesses. Additionally, Alef Education’s onsite implementation team which is scheduled to be located within the schools covered by the agreement will complement the learning experience by providing support services to the schools’ infrastructure change process, allowing parallel work with the schools’ leaders to enable digital transformation.

The key areas outlined in the landmark Agreement are built upon providing the students with the scaffolding necessary to achieve the 21st-century learning outcomes through Alef Education’s holistic student-centered, self-paced and self-directed education system, and transforming the teachers’ role by providing them with the technology that will allow them more time to tailor their teaching towards individual students while taking care of the administrative aspects of their role.

The Agreement also includes the transformation of the 10 public schools into centers of technology excellence based on Alef Education’s tiered support and technology ecosystem.

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Alef Education Implements its Technology-based Education System in a UAE Private School.

Exciting development comes after public school success June 05, 2018

Alef Education Implements its Technology-based Education System in a UAE Private School.

Exciting development comes after public school success

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Abu Dhabi, UAE, Tuesday 5th June 2018 - Alef Education, an Abu Dhabi-based Education Technology company, has implemented its education system at Maplewood International School, a premier Canadian international school in Abu Dhabi. Over a period of 5 weeks in May and June, Maplewood will be using Alef’s innovative platform to teach Arabic content to their Grade 6 students.

 

Commenting on the partnership, Geoffrey Alphonso, Chief Executive Officer of Alef Education said: “We are honored to collaborate with Maplewood International School for this innovative program. Our goal is to provide Maplewood’s students with an engaging digital learning experience with high quality Arabic content. The early results look positive and we look forward to extending the implementation of our innovative system at the school.”

 

Richard Siler, Superintendent of Maplewood International School, said: “Alef’s platform has already demonstrated visible outcomes which have strengthened our belief in this new system of learning. This is certainly an added value to our school and we look forward to expanding our collaboration in the future.”

 

Alef’s platform has been in use since September 2017 at one of the UAE’s public schools. That implementation has resulted in greater student engagement and independent learning among students. Teachers at that school have also voiced their satisfaction as they are able to get relevant and real-time data on student performances in the classroom. This in turn has allowed them to tailor their lessons to individual students in a more focused manner.

 

Alef’s platform is a K-12 technology-enabled education solution designed to improve learning outcomes for students. The solution offers tremendous benefits to school administrators, teachers and parents. Alef harnesses the latest technology from artificial intelligence to machine learning to provide predictive analysis of students’ outcomes.

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Alef Education reinforces its commitment to re-defines education with a dedicated presence at Bett MEA 2018 April 24, 2018

Alef Education reinforces its commitment to re-defines education with a dedicated presence at Bett MEA 2018

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Abu Dhabi, UAE, 24 April 2018 – Alef Education, initiator of the world’s first artificial intelligence-powered, technology-enabled education solution, and the exclusive Innovation Partner at Bett MEA 2018, took part in the second edition of Bett Middle East Leadership Summit & Expo, one of the region’s most senior gathering of education leaders, dedicated to address the needs of decision-makers and buyers within the education technology space from across the Middle East and beyond, held at Abu Dhabi National Exhibition Centre (ADNEC) between 23 and 24 April.

 

A line-up of expert speakers from Alef Education, including Ms Amber J. Schoer and Mr Michael A. Ulanski, English Language Curriculum Developers, and Ms. Carla Barban, Senior Product Manager attended the two-day Summit to take part in a discussion focusing on “Rethinking Curriculum for Generation Z”, and the question of “Whether Education is Providing the Skills of the Future”. Alef Education showcased an exciting journey to the Red Planet using VR technology at its state-of-the-art pavilion, as part of its ongoing mission to nurture interest in STEM subjects amongst future generations. Hundreds of visitors were welcomed to the cutting edge pavilion to experience the instructive, yet immersive virtual reality (VR) exploration of the Red Planet.  

 

CEO of Alef Education, Geoffrey Alphonso, said: “As a home-grown company, Alef Education adopts a new and innovative approach to teaching and learning to foster an increased appetite for knowledge among students both in the UAE and beyond, by taking them on a unique learning journey through AI-enabled education technology to help adequately prepare them for the future.”

 

“The thrilling VR journey to Mars that we showcased at Bett MEA 2018 is a step further in our mission to cultivate the minds of future generations, qualifying them to conquer humanity’s next frontier on Mars.”

 

“At Alef Education we strive to foster intrigue, a love of learning, innovation, critical thinking and creativity at schools, to feed and stimulate the bright scientific minds of the future, who in turn will contribute towards the fulfillment of the UAE and the world’s development and space exploration goals. The VR Mars experience at Bett MEA 2018 also supports the Emirates Mars Mission that aims to send a spacecraft to orbit the Red Planet in 2021, to coincide with the UAE’s 50th anniversary.”

 

“Our Saal Mars, AI-powered knowledge partner(saal.ai) will allow students to learn all about Mars and space travel further reinforcing their interest in STEM subjects. The interface is designed to trigger curiosity and metacognitive prompts to learn and experience science at their own pace. Alef’s objective is to overhaul the status quo and usher in a new paradigm in education. Our vision is to build a generation of students equipped with the cognitive skills necessary for them to face the challenges of the 21st century."

 

Alef Education has developed a holistic learning model based on transformational technology and artificial intelligence (AI). This is unique as an educational solution designed to re-shape education in the world. It is a model designed from an extensive process of collaborative curriculum planning and design.

 

The educational design uses concepts such as thematic interdisciplinary learning, which encourages learning through experience and experiment.

 

Its design adopts natural language processing, advanced data science, and technology-enhanced content, to deliver a system that engages students and encourages self-learning.

 

Alef Education and the USA-based NexGen Education, signed a distribution agreement for the implementation of Alef’s revolutionary education system across the United States of America. It is envisaged that the first two schools will be part of The Harlem Children’s Zone schools in New York, and they will use the Alef platform starting 1st of October 2018.

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Alef Education forays into the United States market April 15, 2018

Alef Education forays into the United States market

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- Alef entered into a distribution agreement in USA with NexGen Education
- First school to use the Alef Platform in New York City will be on 1st Oct 2018

New York, USA, 15th April, 2018 – Alef Education, creator of the world’s first artificial intelligence-powered, transformational technology-enabled education solution, and the USA-based NexGen Education, signed a distribution agreement for the implementation of Alef’s revolutionary education system across the United States of America. It is envisaged that the first two schools will be part of The Harlem Children’s Zone schools in New York, and they will use the Alef platform on 1st of October 2018. The agreement was signed in New York, by Geoffrey Alphonso, CEO of Alef Education and Hanut Singh, CEO of NexGen Education, in the presence of Jassim Alseddiqi board director of Alef Education, Dr. Saleh Al Hashemi CEO of Algorythma, and Geoffrey Canada, the Founder and President of the Harlem Children’s Zone in Harlem, New York.

 

Alef’s large and diverse team of international experts designed a complete end-to-end content that carefully interweaves skills, character and knowledge. The content is grounded in the latest learning science research and is outlined in such a way that it encourages students to be explorative, creative and focus on self-learning and independent thinking, all by making creative thought the most important goal. Students will be enabled to progressively develop more responsibility for their learning and can offer an environment that is relatively judgment-free.

 

The agreement signals the importance of closer collaboration in education to effectively exploit joint synergies to enhance efficiency for the benefit of the students. The partnership is also in keeping with Alef’s objective to overhaul the status quo to usher in a new paradigm in education by means of a holistic technology based and AI-powered educational model. It is the culmination of an extensive process of collaborative curriculum planning and design by Alef Education to create a digital education delivered through advanced technology. The educational design uses concepts such as thematic interdisciplinary learning, which encourages learning through experience and experiment. Its design adopts natural language processing, advanced data science, and technology-enhanced content, to deliver a system that engages students and encourages self-learning, with the aim of equipping them with the skills necessary to successfully navigate the world of the future.

 

Commenting on the agreement, Geoffrey Alphonso said: “We are excited that NexGen Education has chosen to join hands with us in this unique initiative to leverage our collective resources and strategies to the benefit of students. At Alef, we strive to leverage transformational technology and artificial intelligence as tools to achieve the goals of learning. We intend to work closely with The Harlem Children’s Zone schools and other schools in the USA to provide the students with best-in-class education system. The introduction of our innovative educational system in the USA is a significant development in Alef’s long-term vision to become a global leader in AI-powered transformational technology-enabled education solutions. Through this partnership between our two organizations, Alef will apply its pioneering system based on the integration of technology into classrooms, enabling data-informed roadmaps for learners at every level and a return to dynamic relationships between teachers and students. We look forward to further extend the implementation of our holistic technology-based system into other grades and classes at The Harlem Children’s Zone schools, and beyond into the USA market”.

 

Hanut Singh said: “NexGen Education is thrilled to announce its partnership with Alef Education and Harlem Children's Zone. We believe the integration of Alef’s K-12 innovative technology with Harlem Children's Zone's thoughtful practicum will transform the future of education. NexGen will partner with Alef Education to support our vision of transforming education within the US market space”.

 

NexGen is a ed-tech startup, headquartered in New York and backed by QBS Learning, which has a strong pedigree in K-12 content delivery. With a workforce of over 500 employees, it has a proven track record with 33 years of experience serving clients across the world with a focus in US, UK, Middle Eastern, and Asian markets. The NexGen Education leadership team includes chairperson Geoffrey Canada, CEO Hanut Singh, and Ambassador (retired) Harry K. Thomas Jr.

 

Geoffrey Canada said: “We are honored to welcome this opportunity to strengthen our collaboration with Alef Education.  This relationship marks the beginning of a strategic partnership between our two leading organizations to benefit our students and parents in Harlem schools and beyond. Our intention is to be an active partner that constantly provides valuable feedback that insures that Alef’s team has the opportunity to incorporate our considerable expertise in educating inner-city students of color into their planning and commitment to continual improvement.  Together we think we can make what is already a world class technology-enabled education system, even better”.

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Alef Education showcases immersive ‘Mars Experience’ at GESS 2018 February 27, 2018

Alef Education showcases immersive ‘Mars Experience’ at GESS 2018

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Alef Education, creator of the world’s first artificial intelligence (AI)-powered transformational technology-enabled education solution, welcomed hundreds of visitors to its immersive virtual reality (VR) learning journey to Mars at GESS 2018 yesterday.

 

Alef Education is showcasing an exciting journey to the Red Planet using VR technology, at its state-of-the-art pavilion until Thursday, March 1 as part of its ongoing mission to nurture interest in STEM subjects amongst future generations, in support of the UAE’s long-term development and space exploration goals.

 

Speaking on the innovation stage panel at the conference, Acting CEO of Alef Education, Geoffrey Alphonso, said: “Alef Education is an organization that was founded in the UAE, and is therefore aligned with the nation’s vision to shift the education paradigm for schools in the country and around the world, by emerging as a global leader in transformational AI-enabled education technology.

 

“The exciting Mars VR experience we are showcasing at GESS 2018 complements our mission to nurture the minds of future generations, readying them to conquer humanity’s next frontier on Mars. At Alef Education we strive to foster intrigue, a love of learning, innovation, critical thinking and creativity at schools, to feed and stimulate the bright scientific minds of the future, who in turn will contribute towards the fulfillment of the UAE and the world’s development and space exploration goals.

 

Our Saal Mars, AI-powered knowledge partner(saal.ai) will allow students to learn all about Mars and space travel further reinforcing their interest in STEM subjects. The interface is designed to trigger curiosity and metacognitive prompts to learn and experience science at their own pace”

 

Alef Education adopts a new and innovative approach to teaching and learning to foster an increased appetite for knowledge among students, by taking them on a unique learning journey through AI-enabled education technology to help adequately prepare them for the future. The VR Mars experience at GESS 2018 also supports the Emirates Mars Mission that aims to send a spacecraft to orbit the Red Planet in 2021, to coincide with the UAE’s 50th anniversary.

 

Alef Education founded in 2015 , launched the Alef platform in 2017, when more than 240 students at a school in Abu Dhabi became the first in human history to begin an education journey incorporating AI into formal classroom academic learning.

 

Alef is essentially an innovative and immersive multi-lingual learning-science framework with in-house hypermedia content powered by cutting-edge technology and AI. Its design adopts natural language processing, advanced data science, and technology-enhanced content to deliver a system that engages students and encourages self-learning, with the aim of equipping them with the skills necessary to successfully navigate the world of the future.

 

Fundamentally evolving the role of the teacher in the 21st century classroom, Alef shifts the education process from the familiar teacher-centered model to a learner-centered data-driven model. With Alef, the teacher takes on the role of an expert facilitator, aided by an innovative and immersive ecosystem powered by groundbreaking technology and AI.

 

Alef’s technology carefully synchronizes with a school’s curriculum enabling students to learn at their own pace and have access anywhere, anytime; and develop secure in the knowledge that they are supported by a community of teachers, who can make individualized decisions to ensure that each student meets their short and long-term goals.

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Achieving Higher Learning efficacy with the help of real time remediation strategies using Data November 13, 2017

Achieving Higher Learning efficacy with the help of real time remediation strategies using Data

Teachers’ understanding of student’s learning gain is the cornerstone of effective education. The constant loop of dialogue and understanding between teachers and students drive engagement and learning efficacy.

Adoption of Artificial Intelligence(AI) driven learning eco-system provide opportunities to gather new forms of data, allowing differentiation and personalization at scale.

AI based, technology enabled, classrooms allow teachers to monitor the progress of the student in real time, allowing teachers to take remedial action in the classroom for their ongoing lessons. The real-time data enables teachers to build and deliver an effective learning strategy for the student grouping and differentiation during the classroom hours.

The AI based learning solution gives data and alerts of students’ thinking and learning ability. Insights like, the trending patterns and co-relation within and across subjects gives an overall understanding and levels of engagement of the students in the classroom. This provides the time and space for the teachers to design personalized instructions for the varying learning needs of different groups of students and ultimately optimizing the overall learning outcomes.

The real-time data-based interventional strategies provides a highly motivated learning environment for the children and in-turn increases the learning efficacy of the students by many folds.

The data and related learning strategies for the students can be referred by the new teachers (at the time of change in teachers, which is one of the common problem in K-12 education) and the teachers for the next grades allowing them to plan ahead of time, making the learning less depended on the insights of an individual teacher. 

At Alef, Artificial Intelligence and data, enable the teachers to respond to problems and pivot strategies dynamically at a fast pace to suit each student’s needs.

Alef Re-difines K-12 Education with a Breakthrough Solution September 10, 2017

Alef Re-difines K-12 Education with a Breakthrough Solution

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- A school in Abu Dhabi today becomes first to embrace the A.I. powered Alef model 
- Alef is the world’s first such system for mainstream academic learning 

Alef Education, a privately held education technology company, today launched its technology-enabled education solution at a school in Abu Dhabi. This morning, more than 240 students began an education journey that has been 36-months in the making – the culmination of ambitious efforts of a world-class team of education and technology professionals who have collaborated to enable outstanding educational design, powered by state-of-the-art technology. For the first time in human history, a group of school students are using a technology-enabled education solution which is a complete end-to-end mainstream form of formal classroom-based academic learning. 

“Alef’s launch today is the start of a journey to bring about an overhaul of the status quo to usher in a new paradigm in education. Given the rate at which technology and industry continue to evolve, it is unclear what future workplaces will look like, let alone understand the skills required of their work forces”

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