At Meryata Secondary Public School, biology teacher Ms. Fatima Ajaj is using everyday technology tools to better engage with her students.
Ms. Fatima Ajaj from Meryata Secondary Public School is already using her TeachUp! training to enhance learning experiences for her biology students.
Ms. Ajaj thinks technology is critical for the future of education in Lebanon. While technology is now everywhere, she says it’s the job of teachers to ensure students are using those tools not just to communicate with their peers and play games, but to help with their academics.
As a result, Ms. Ajaj has turned to social media sites that students already know how to use – and is then showing them that those websites can play a role in their learning. For example, she has started using a Facebook page to communicate her students’ grades, something the students have been very responsive to.
Ms. Ajaj is also using an online tool called Testmoz, a website where teachers can create automatically graded online tests. She says students have responded positively to completing assignments online, since it is consistent with their daily approach and use of the Internet and computer. They are even asking for more tests!
While students are more engaged in the classroom, so is Ms. Ajaj.
“I feel more confident and satisfied in the classroom,” she says. “The computer lessons I have created use photos and videos to support what I’m saying, which has helped me a lot. The students are more motivated to learn, and can better understand ideas because of the audio and visual component.”
Following the successes in her own classroom, Ms. Ajaj has been encouraging her co-workers to join the TeachUp! program, adding that it’s an important project for the future of education in Lebanon. Her next step is to participate in further training courses in order to keep up with the quickly changing pace of technology and education in Lebanon.
She says her transformation took a lot of hard work, but that that those efforts come with huge payouts.
“I am pleased by how quickly both me and my students have been able to achieve remarkable results!” she says.