THE ORACLE EDUCATION FOUNDATION
Pakistani students to participate in global collaborative learning environment
Dec 18 - 24, 2006
Over 700 students from Pakistan will be joining Think.com, a protected online learning community, where they would share educational contents, collaborate on projects and build knowledge.
Initially, the Pakistani students from Habib Girls School, AES School for Girls, Karachi High School, Gulistan Boys School, the AMSB School, the International School, and the Happy Home School will be able to collaborate with the 300,000 students and teachers from 48 countries who are already Think.com members. Karachi Nazim Syed Mustafa Kamal, who was the chief guest on the occasion, witnessed the demo of online learning and expressed confidence that the younger generation, which is second to none having enormous potential, would lead the rally of IT growth in Pakistan.
"Think.com is truly a unique educational program, designed to bring together students and technology in ways that positively impact learning," said Jim Ballard, Vice President, Oracle Education Foundation Programs. "Students worldwide have benefited from the Foundation's Think.com and ThinkQuest programs, building vital technology and collaboration skills."
Think.com provides students and teachers with protected e-mail accounts, personal web pages where they can publish text and upload images, and a collaborative working environment where they can engage in discussions and projects with members around the world. Think.com is available in nine languages - Chinese, English, French, German, Italian, Portuguese, Spanish, Thai and Turkish.
Using the advanced collaboration tools, schools can also design virtual webpages and post pages to communicate vital information to parents. Additionally, Oracle provides specific training so that the school community can take advantage of all functionality.
"Think.com's collaborative environment allows students the opportunity to use technology in the classroom in a very hands-on manner. By incorporating Think.com into daily lessons and curriculum, it can help enhance their learning experiences across all subject areas from mathematics and science to languages," said Ms.Samina Rizwan, Regional Director, Oracle SAGE West. "Additionally, Think.com allows a rich exchange of information between students of different cultures, greatly enhancing their global perspective," Ms Rizwan said, adding, "Teachers can also communicate with parents about their students' engagement in this online community."
To date, over 98,002 students and teachers across seven countries in Asia Pacific are using Think.com to communicate and collaborate with one another. The estimated in-kind value for Think.com in Asia Pacific is US$980,020, as on September 30, 2006.
Think.com is a program of the Oracle Education Foundation that provides schools with a protected, interactive online learning community where students and teachers can share educational content, collaborate on projects, and build knowledge. Think.com includes more than 300,000 students and teachers and is available in 48 countries and in nine languages.
ABOUT THE ORACLE EDUCATION FOUNDATION
The Oracle Education Foundation sponsors ThinkQuest and Think.com free online programs for the primary and secondary education community. It also makes grants to selected schools and nonprofits to bridge the digital divide and promote global collaborative learning with technology.
ABOUT ORACLE PAKISTAN
Oracle has been operating in Pakistan since 1997. Through its local partners, Oracle helps Pakistani businesses, government departments, non-government organizations and educational institutions adopt integrated information technology to achieve higher work efficiencies. Oracle has more than 600 customers in Pakistan, spanning top organizations in both the public and private sectors. Some of Pakistan's best-known organizations run their business on Oracle-based solutions.