What are "Smart Schools"?
The definition of "Smart School" is one that uses a technology platform as a medium on which distance learning and specific teaching expertise are made available to remote locations including the home, with out compromise to the quality of information transfer and certified teaching methods developed locally, regionally or internationally.
Why "Smart Schools"?
The ratio of certified teachers to students in the nation needs to be augmented by other means in order to prepare our primary and secondary school students for the feature, especially in the area of socio-economic integration. We are in the process of rebuilding our country by using our most precious asset, our people. Hence, we must provide the best education possible to everyone, so that the rebuilding process will demonstrate a nation ready to leap forward spiritually , socially, and economically.
Smart Schools will be the medium through which we can achieve this goal by maximizing global teaching expertise and improving the availability of global information to the nation through the initiation of the Virtual class room.
What is a Virtual Class Room?
A Virtual Classroom provides the learning experience of a real time classroom with out being physically located in the classroom. For example, a teacher/professor holding classes on a specific topic in a classroom with students who could be locally, regionally, or internationally located, can also project the lecture to virtual classrooms electronically, incorporating the use of high quality bidirectional audio and video transmission.
What are the benefits of "Smart Schools"?
"Smart Schools" can provide many options to the learning experience. We can now be tutored remotely, by the best sources available adhering to international standards. Curricula can be developed with topics to prepare our nation to compete internationally and move our economy forward. We can maximize teaching expertise, together with a more thorough utilization of our population, in areas such as the physically disabled and our senior members. Everyone can enjoy the learning experience, pursue new careers, and learn at a pace that is more appropriate for our inherent abilities. Lessons can be stored and retrieved in many formats to facilitate student flexibility. Compact Discs with lesson plans can be made available to students not being able to attend real time classes. With a computer we can now be exposed to the knowledge of the world, pursue certification in many fields, and acquire the confidence that education affords us from the privacy of our homes.
A demonstration of the "Smart School" concept is in progress and will be aired to the nation as soon as the appropriate platforms are deployed.