Apps develops For Al Noor Children

Tailor-made apps developed for special needs students

By Jamil Khan @ The Gulf Today-Sharjah, June 18, 2013

DUBAI: Three developers in Dubai have successfully won the competition to develop five exclusive applications (apps) to benefit children with special needs of Al Noor Centre by using tablet computers.
The competition was launched by Samsung Electronics on Monday in partnership with Al Noor Training Centre as part of the Samsung “Hope for Children” programme.
The Samsung “Hope for Children” programme was launched with Al Noor in two phases. The first phase started with the introduction of Samsung products in the classrooms.
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 inputs, Samsung launched a competition for UAE developers to design educational apps specifically for the students at the Al Noor Centre.
Around 180 developers participated in the competition and in the first phase around 20 applications were shortlisted.
Five apps developed by three developers won and were launched for the students with special needs.
An app from each category was chosen based on the following criteria — originality, usability, quality and relevance.
Mohammed Al Lababidi, owner of an app development and animation company in Dubai, won in the safety and academic categories, Syed Iftikhar Shah won with his ‘Sharing is Fun’ app in the sharing, semantics and grooming categories and Shawn Frank, a recent computer science graduate from the University of Wollongong, won with his two apps named “Matchalon” and “Groomar”.
Young Soo Kim, president of Samsung Gulf Electronics, said, “We are thrilled to launch these educational apps in partnership with Al Noor Training Centre. 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.”
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~ by jamilkhan on June 18, 2013.

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