MUSCAT: The Ministry of Education (MoE) and Renaissance, the creator of the myON digital reading platform, launched a pilot project aimed at improving attitudes towards literacy in 12 primary schools across the Sultanate of Oman.
The pilot programme - part of MoE’s commitment to enhance digital English language learning across the Sultanate of Oman - will run for five weeks, giving participating schools access to myON’s thousands of digital texts to boost students’ reading, writing, listening and speaking skills. Improved attitudes towards reading in English and on digital platforms and greater use of technology-based learning to support English language acquisition are also key objectives of the initiative.
“We are delighted to be working on this myON pilot with the Renaissance team. We feel that myON will help our students to enhance their English competence and love of reading. We are so impressed with the engagement that has already been shown by our students, teachers and supervisors and feel this will lead to a successful first phase of our partnership,” commented Salim bin Mohammed al Kharousi, Director of the Department of Human Sciences Curriculum Development, MoE.
With a wealth of innovative and engaging features, myON is unlike any other online reading platform in the way it supports foundational literacy and English-language development through audio and recorded voice features. Used by millions of students around the world, it allows enhanced digital books to be read on and offline while also providing teachers with real-time data and unique insights on what students have been reading, when, and for how long.
Joan Mill, Group Managing Director of Renaissance International commented, “Renaissance is proud to be working with the Omani Ministry of Education and to mark the start of this exciting programme featuring myON. Oral reading fluency is an essential part of literacy development and growth. During this programme, we look forward to helping teachers across schools better understand the significant benefits of our platform, enabling them to not just monitor the reading progress of their students, but also successfully instil a love for reading overall.” Throughout the pilot programme, Renaissance will send weekly newsletters to teachers and school leaders to inform them of student usage and progress, and to share top tips and ideas for using myON with their students.