The Mohammed bin Rashid's Smart Learning Program (SLP) Initiative in the Ministry of Education and its impact on English language performance in Cycle2 Classes, in the United Arab Emirates (UAE).

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The British University in Dubai (BUiD)
Technology-based learning in Ministry of Education schools is an area that has a great priority aimed to assist students to adopt modern smart Technologies. This study investigates the impact of implementing Smart Learning Program (SLP) on the English language performance of cycle2 students, in the Ministry of Education, United Arab Emirates (UAE). It examines the implementation of Smart Learning Program (SLP) in cycle 2 classes, especially grade seven in Ministry of Education, United Arab Emirates. The program is being performed as an initiative from His Highness Sheikh Mohamed Ben Rashid, the Vice President and Ruler of Dubai, who launched the initiative in 2012 after an announcement. It was introduced to schools in the academic year 2012/2013 in 14 smart schools. This year (2013/2014) the program is implemented in 123 governmental schools and by 2017, the Smart Learning Program will be installed in all k-12 school classes. The investigation concerns mainly the teachers and students attitudes and views towards the program, and how the initiative influenced the students' performance and achievement in English language skills. The overall findings of the study and the examination of the data analysis indicated that the teachers and students' perception of the program and Smart Learning in general is encouraging. Moreover, students and teachers’ perception of the program applications, software and educational content increased their awareness of the Smart Learning Environments. A main significant finding is the strong and obvious communication between the learners and their teachers and the awareness of the structure of the Smart learning environment. Furthermore, the researcher determined some implications and recommendations to enhance the implementation of the Smart Learning Initiative in the Ministry of Education schools.
Mohammed bin Rashid's Smart Learning Program (SLP), Ministry of Education (MoE), United Arab Emirates (UAE), English language performance