Microsoft said it aims to “transform the classroom” environment through the partnership, which sets out to revamp facilities at public schools in the UAE capital.
Augmented reality, which provides an interactive experience of a real-world environment, and virtual reality, which uses computer technology to create a simulated experience, could be introduced in schools as part of the initiative.
“Technology works to make the life of teachers easier as assessments are automated through machine learning, saving teachers’ time,” said Geoffrey Alphonso, chief executive of Alef Education.
“This saves time in terms of creating lesson plans. Teachers do not have to create videos to engage learners as these are already there.”
Mr Alphonso said integrating new technologies into the curriculum also inspires pupils.
“Children are disengaged because they are still learning through traditional methods but we use technology, data and artificial intelligence to help close the learning gap,” he said.
Alef Education’s technology is already used in about 140 public schools in the emirate.
It was not revealed when the new Microsoft technology will be implemented in schools.
The Alef learning platform digitises the classroom and provides teachers with live feedback so they can help pupils who are struggling.
Sayed Hashish, general manager at Microsoft UAE, said the company will be rolling out new technologies that have not been widely used in schools in the UAE.
“The Microsoft teams will transform the environment in the classrooms to be collaborative. We are also looking at how augmented reality and virtual reality can be used to help pupils,” said Mr Hashish.