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Smart TechnoCarts champion mobile education for youth

Smart TechnoCarts champion mobile education for youth
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With the dawn of  mobile technology, more and more young Filipinos are using mobile devices and gadgets for recreation. Seeing this trend as an opportunity to bring education closer to the younger generation, Smart Communications, Inc. officially launched its mobile digital laboratory, the Smart TechnoCart, last June 26.

The Smart TechnoCart is a specially designed trolley designed to facilitate learning among kindergarten students with the use of mobile devices and applications. Each TechnoCart contains up to 25 tablets for students’ use, and a tablet, laptop, and projector for the teacher’s use.  Also included in the cart is a Smart Bro pocket Wi-Fi with load for connectivity, and the Smart One Campus, a learning management system that helps teachers and administrators track their students’ performance. TechnoCarts are also designed for mobility, allowing a teacher to easily move them from one classroom to another.

Smart handed these TechnoCarts to 15 chosen public kindergarten schools across the country including  Batu-Batu Elementary School, Datu Halun Laboratory Elementary School, and Yusop Dais Elementary School in Tawi-Tawi; Calasiao Central Schol and Mangatarem Central School in Pangasinan; Bacacay East Central School and Polangui South Central School in Albay; Maluso Central Elementary School and Tipo-Tipo Central Elementary School in Basilan; Antonio L. Jayme Elementary School, Education and Training Center School II, and Rodolfo A. Medel Sr. Elementary School in Bacolod; Banilad Elementary School and Regino Mercado Elementary School in Cebu; and Parañaque Central Elementary School in Metro Manila.

Adding an entertaining yet educational feat to each of the TechnoCart tablets is the pre-installed Batibot mobile app. Batibot was a popular children’s show back in the ’90s that promoted education, the Filipino language, and local culture. The Batibot app is the first localized mobile app aligned with the kindergarten curriculum.

“Smart believes that digital technologies can help facilitate learning opportunities from pre-school up to college, which is why it has tailored initiatives that are targeted to address the needs of learning communities,” said Smart Head of Public Affairs Ramon R. Isberto.

“The Smart TechnoCart is a mobile laboratory designed to address the need of young students for interactive and engaging learning tools to help them better grasp basic concepts. It does make for smarter learning,” he added.

The project was launched by Smart Communications, Inc. in cooperation with the Department of Education and the Community of Learners Foundation.

Words and photos Antonio Jose Galauran

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