Samsung Develops Tailor-Made Apps for Special Needs Students in the UAE17/06/13

Five apps created to support educational curriculum at Al Noor Training Centre for Children with Special Needs

Samsung Electronics Co. Ltd., a global leader in digital media and digital convergence technologies, announced it has developed five educational apps in partnership with Al Noor Training Centre for Children with Special Needs as part of the Samsung Hope for Children program.

The Samsung Hope for Children program was launched with Al Noor in two phases, the first started with the introduction of Samsung products into the classrooms. Taking this one step further, the teaching body at Al Noor conducted a thorough survey of apps in the Android™ market suitable for enhancing the skills of special needs students. The survey results helped the teachers identify gaps in the Android™ market and highlighted five important educational categories: Academics, Safety, Sharing, Grooming and Semantics.

Based on the teacher's input, Samsung launched a competition for UAE developers to design educational apps specifically for the students at the Al Noor Centre.

One app from each category was chosen based on the following criteria; originality, usability, quality and relevance to the brief provided. Mohammad Al Lababidi, owner of a Dubai based app development and animation company, developed the winning apps in the Safety and Academic categories, Syed Iftikhar Shah won with his ‘Sharing is Fun' app in the Sharing category and in Semantics and Grooming, Shawn Frank, a recent Computer Science graduate from the University of Wollongong, won with his two apps named ‘Matchalon' and ‘Groomar'.

The five chosen apps will enable the children to identify objects, compare phrases and imagery, and start to apply classroom studies to their everyday life; such as basic grooming techniques, sharing and safety skills.

Mr. Young Soo Kim, President of Samsung Gulf Electronics commented: "We are thrilled to launch these educational apps in partnership with Al Noor Training Centre for Children with Special Needs. Samsung and Al Noor have been collaborating for three years now and we continue to be committed to adding value to the lives of children with special needs through our products and technologies. The application competition has also been a great way to give the UAE developers' community an opportunity to get actively involved and make a difference in future generations".

Ms. Isphana Al Khatib, Director of Al Noor Training Centre for Children with Special Needs said: "It's really exciting for the team at Al Noor to introduce and implement these apps into the classrooms as we have played such an active role in the development process. I'd like to thank the developers and Samsung for making this possible. These apps will make learning more fun and interactive and we are confident that they will also help some students achieve their educational goals faster."

The development of these apps is part of a wider partnership with Al Noor Training Center that embodies Samsung's commitment to develop and enhance education for children with special needs. Over the past year, the children at Al Noor have been exploring new ways of learning through the introduction of Samsung's state-of-the-art devices into their daily curriculum.

The teachers observed vast improvements in the students, such as increased attention span and reception to learning, higher engagement levels and some of them even achieved their educational goals faster using Samsung's products and technologies..