RAK Academy Rolls Out 1,500 Chromebook Devices for all Grade 2 to Grade 8 Students

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Largest roll-out of school technology in Ras Al Khaimah heralds exciting new era in interactive and modern learning across all 5 RAK Academy campuses

RAK Academy Executive Principal Graham Beale hands over a Chromebook laptop to parents at the school’s main campus in Ras Al Khaimah.

Ras Al Khaimah, UAE: Ras Al Khaimah Academy Family of Schools has delivered 1,500 new Chromebook devices to students in Grades 2-8 in the largest roll-out of school technology of its kind in Ras Al Khaimah, marking the start of an exciting new era in interactive, modern learning across its 5 campuses. 

In light of the COVID-19 pandemic, students have received their laptop devices equipped with the Google Chrome operating system in a series of socially distanced events throughout the school day, while the parents of full-time distance learners have been collecting the device safely via a drive-through system.

Executive Principal Graham Beale said: “The decision to invest in Chromebooks for our students stems from RAK Academy’s belief in the potential for transformative learning experiences through innovative uses of technology. Such devices can never replace a teacher in a classroom but placing technology in the hands of the teacher and students can provide opportunities to enhance education in ways that never existed before. Every day across RAK Academy, we see our students use technology to help them learn and apply new knowledge. A personal device enables students to make more informed decisions about their learning. It also gives them ways of demonstrating their understanding through collaboration, sharing, peer evaluation and the creation of imaginative and innovative artefacts, all supported by the expertise of a teacher.”  

Mr Beale moved to allay any fears parents had about students getting too much screen time on their personalised learning device. “Some parents may be worried that students will spend their lesson time staring at screens with no teacher engagement or controls but this will not be the case at RAK Academy,” he said. “Our teachers will be using technology that we know makes a difference in teaching and learning and develops the students’ personal learning and higher-order thinking skills. We will also maintain the same filtering and security that we use in school when the Chromebooks are being used at home.” 

“At RAK Academy, the health, safety, and well-being of our students, staff, and parents are of paramount importance, so our operational practices reflect that and ensure a safe and secure school environment.” 

About RAK Academy:

Ras Al Khaimah (RAK) Academy is one of the oldest, largest, and most prestigious schools in the United Arab Emirates. It is a not-for-profit, non-selective, coeducational school serving over 3,200 students of 97 different nationalities, from Pre-KG to Grade 12, at 5 campuses located across the Emirate of Ras Al Khaimah.  It was originally founded in 1975 to provide education for the children of British expatriates in the Emirate. Since 1988, under the patronage of His Highness Sheikh Saud bin Saqr Al Qasimi, UAE Supreme Council Member and Ruler of Ras Al Khaimah, the school has evolved to cater for students of all nationalities and abilities.

About Ras Al Khaimah:

Ras Al Khaimah (RAK) is the northernmost of the seven Emirates that make up the United Arab Emirates. It is known for its rich history, dating back 7,000 years, and diverse landscape, from 64km of pristine beaches, to terracotta deserts and an imposing mountain backdrop. The Emirate is home to the highest peak in the UAE, Jebel Jais, which features the world’s longest zip line, at almost 3km. 

Ras Al Khaimah is also centrally located at the modern crossroad between Europe, Asia and Africa, with one third of the world’s population within four hour’s flying time, making it an ideal location for businesses to expand into the UAE, the Middle East and Africa and beyond. Indeed, the World Bank’s Doing Business report ranks Ras Al Khaimah 30th out of 190 economies for ease of doing business.

At the Emirate’s economic heart lies multiple major companies and diverse sectoral interests, including manufacturing and tourism. Major companies include: RAK Ceramics, RAKBANK, Julphar Pharmaceuticals, RAK Ports, RAK Rock, Stevin Rock, RAK Economic Zone, RAK Gas. Supporting these industries is a modern infrastructure, state-of-the-art industrial areas and business parks and world-class hotels, facilities and attractions for tourists.

For the past decade, Ras Al Khaimah has been consistently rated ‘A’ by Fitch and Standard & Poor’s rating agencies and already the Emirate is home to more than 38,000 businesses from 100 countries representing over 50 industries. RAK Courts is also the fastest court in the world at enforcing contracts in commercial disputes.