No register taking when students come in, student cards are automatically scanned when they enter the school premises allowing their parents to log into the school website to see if their child arrived at school. The prototype ‘Smart-School’ has technology at its core, instead of notebooks, students have tablets where students make references and their notes on. The teachers can instantly display on their smartboard what their students have (or haven’t) written regarding the assignments.
The teachers are happy with this new technology as it enables every student to share their thoughts, opinions and knowledge with the rest of the class, even the shy ones.
When students enter the classrooms, they tap their student card on a NFC reader showing them an electronic timetable including what’s for lunch and how many calories are contained. The students like the use of technology as the tablets enable them to look up what they don’t understand in the classroom and enhances their student experience. Additionally, everything that the teacher says or writes/ draws on his/ her smartboard is recorded, allowing the students to look back if needed.
These type of schools are expensive to set up but once up and running, they cost the government no more per student than any other school. According to the government, a digital economy requires a technology based workforce: “today’s pupils are tomorrow’s engineers”.