Post by @Cban Window
“Among the technologies with the greatest results and use in the world to improve learning standards are the so-called Smart Classrooms, which are the immediate future in terms of technical means deployed with greater pedagogical potential, according to the different educational levels in which they can be Used ”
Master of Science Diana Rosa Esquivel Gonzalez, Cuba
A Cuban “intelligent” classroom:
- Interactive Digital Whiteboard (PDI)
- tablet modules or mini laptops – according to the desired configuration
- a wireless antenna for wireless interconnection
- a freight car – where The equipment is safeguarded and the equipment is loaded for use
- a computer for the teacher
- complemented by the appropriate software, each with its own resources and common elements in terms of pedagogical resources, to promote the improvement of learning among students.
The selected proposal refers to a harmonic set of interaction, consisting of tablets with Android system and a PDI, integrated via wireless via a cloud platform for the storage of student data. This IDP comes from the Chinese company TRACEBoard and has been deployed successfully in China, England and Brazil. The tool is able to support the development of different exercises and that are evaluated from the devices, which allows greater interaction and motivation in students of different educational levels.
Cuba chose this technology from:
- study of different user manuals
- exchange with specialists of Educational Technology in Cuba
- consulting in forums of educational communities dedicated to the use of technologies
- the potentialities of the products offered by the main suppliers of these services, with the purpose of identifying which ones to use in our country. Many of these can not be commercialized due to the laws of the economic and commercial blockade to which Cuba is subject. For this reason we contacted companies from China with representation in the national territory, to be able to evaluate their solutions according to the established standards.
TRACEBoard created the conditions for the commissioning of a sample in a polytechnic center in Cuba, with the provision of an intelligent classroom and the delivery of the software to experts of The Education Minister Technology Directorate for its study and evaluation, in accordance with the standards of Cuban education and the use of the educational software available to Cuba National Education System for the different teachings.
Also provides instant access to a variety of digital resources and has the ability to create, store, retrieve, interact and print the tasks performed by students. Then, the training in PDI favors the acquisition of skills with the new Information and Communication Technologies (ICT) by the faculty, and facilitates the use of a wide range of teaching-learning styles. At the same time, teachers using PDI are more recognized by students and can include the whole class in a comprehensive way in the teaching-learning process.
The use of IDPs can change the nature of pedagogical practices and allow the adaptation of teaching methods to the individual needs of students. Specifically, some of its applications facilitate the care of students with special educational needs, and schoolchildren who normally react negatively or negatively to class activities become more active and contributing. In addition, it is very motivating for the students, because the lessons are more fun and interesting, improving attention and behavior.
The ability to drag, drop, resize forms and screen easily – seem to facilitate the teaching of mathematics and language in the early ages. Also the use of video and web search allows the software to harmoniously integrate the PDI with the existing mobile devices in the classroom.
- What real possibilities and perspectives exist for the extension of intelligent classrooms with TRACEBoard technology in the National Education System?
Cuba makes an effort to create the material conditions and to train teachers in the use of these technological resources. In line with the computerization policy Cuba Gov, a strategy has been created to acquire 29 computerized classrooms, which will be distributed throughout the country, for the creation of a provincial center for the training of in-service teachers, And 13 of these in an equal number of pedagogical schools oriented to the training of the teachers in formation. These actions will allow Cuban specialist to evaluate the impact of this technology and the feasibility in the practice of it, in correspondence with the use of all the computer resources they had and continue to produce for their Education system.