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Sun 24 Jan 2010 05:02 AM

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First VoD educational portal launched in ME

Taalam.TV to be an ongoing collaborative project providing children with a better education.

Al Jazeera Children’s Channel (JCC) has announced the launch of its ‘Taalam.TV’, the first Arabic Video on Demand educational portal for schools and educators. The integrated learning website is a educational complementary tool for teachers and students in school and at home.

‘Taalam.TV’, which means ‘Learn.TV’, was developed under the patronage of Sheikha Mozah Bint Nasser Al Missned, chairperson of the Qatar Foundation for Education Science and Community Development (QF)., as part of Al Jazeera’s mission to enrich children’s lives with quality programming and multimedia content.

Taalam.TV is an ongoing collaborative project between QF, JCC and the Arab educational communities, with the aim of providing children a better education.

The website contains a rich database of educational material and videos extracted from JCC’s programs content which are designed to make teaching more stimulating and engaging, which would allow students to retain and process information much more quickly.

Mahmoud Bouneb, executive general manager, Al Jazeera Children’s Channel said: “Our research has revealed that children pay a remarkable amount of attention to audio visual presentations.”

He added: “With Taalam.TV, primary and elementary school teachers can now bring lessons to life by using a wide array of short educational videos, fact sheets, graphics and a rich image library intended to help students achieve a greater understanding of the different subjects presented in class.”

The website offers teachers a platform to exchange experiences, share information and easily communicate with others in the field, across the Arab World.

Taalam.TV was fully developed by Al Jazeera Children’s Channel website and multimedia team in collaboration with a group of Arab teachers and experts, who verified the educational information of the videos and composed the supplementary tools such as fact sheets and sample exercises.

Bouneb added: “I would encourage every teacher and school to explore the portal, evaluate the audio visual educational content, and provide us with their comments and inputs.”

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