The Qatar Academy, Doha, Qatar – Day 1

| January 22, 2012

The first of five, full-on, days working with The Qatar Academy, In Doha, Qatar.

We started the day with a whizz of an introduction with all of the staff, to introduce ourselves, and to explain a small part of the incredibly varied work we will be sharing, alongside them, during the week.

Then followed four sessions spent with Year Groups and their teachers. The day ended with all the staff again, looking at a plethora of Web 2 tools and other useful technologies. A very rewarding and enjoyable day.

Qatar Academy is part of Qatar Foundation for Education, Science and Community Development, founded by His Highness Sheikh Hamad bin Khalifa Al-Thani, Emir of the State of Qatar.

It is the mission of Qatar Academy to provide internationally accepted, comprehensive, English medium programs plus Arabic and Islamic studies from pre-school through to secondary graduation. Comprising a Primary School and a Senior School, it occupies a magnificent campus in Doha.

The Grade 2 teachers, joined by some of the PE teachers, were the first group to explore  the beautiful and immersive landscapes  of Myst III:Exile for themselves, discussing the practicalities, and the approaches that could be used in their lessons.


Day 1’s Grade 1 pupils explored the very organic age of ‘Edanna’ in Myst III:Exile; climbing the plant-like stairs, ‘carefully’, ‘safely’, ‘cautiously’ and in so many other ways, to discover the nest and its contents.

Day One’s Grade 4 pupils found themselves gazing upon a shipwreck , upturned, and seemingly abandoned in the age of ‘Haven’ in Myst IV:Revelation. They used similes in the writing to describe their setting, bring the virtual world alive.

The Child Support Team teachers were the next group to explore  the beautiful and immersive landscapes  of Myst III:Exile for themselves, again discussing the practicalities, and the approaches that could be used in their roles within school lessons.

Huge THANK YOUs go to Craig Paterson, ‘PYP and Experiential Learning Coordinator’, and to Steven Shepherd, ‘Academic Coordinator’ for the ‘ Technology Integration Facilitator Team’, for organising and coordinating our visit.  Further special thanks go to Stacey Simpson and Scott Johnson, members of the academy’s ‘Technology Integration Facilitors Team’ for their technical and organisational support today (we want to take them with us, please).

Category: 1) Events and Training days

Comments are closed.