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A Step Closer to Educational Equality with ICT and Smart Schools

There has been news that LG CNS had signed the contract for a 370 million dollar project for ICT education in Colombia, one of the most powerful countries in Central and South America. Using ICT (Information and Communications Technology), LG CNS will do almost everything that’s needed for elementary/secondary education including building the infrastructure and producing, distributing, and managing the content. LG CNS already has experienced with successfully establishing smart schools in and out of the country, and also earned some trust from Colombia through the success of its travel card system project. Especially as a student, the impact of ICT on education seems to be a very interesting and compelling topic. Today, I will explain how ICT improved the quality of education in Colombia and what it will be like after this project.

What is a Smart School?

Prior to what kind of educational infrastructure LG CNS is about to construct in Colombia, let me introduce the concept of ‘smart school.’ According to LG CNS, smart school consists of a smart class, smart card, smart information, and smart management. Although when you hear such things, the first thing that comes to mind is an educational space with a lot of cutting edge technology, but this doesn’t completely explain what a smart school is. Rather, it means the efficient educational environment where everyone in the classroom can participate more actively. Now let’s take a look at how the infrastructure mentioned earlier can change the classroom.

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The Changes in Classrooms

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The biggest benefit of a smart classroom is the variety of multimedia equipment. You can write on e-boards using electronic pens and also read digital textbooks. Students can learn what’s made for their own levels and interests through tablet PCs, and teachers can upgrade the efficiency level of the class thanks to multimedia. E-learning in smart classrooms starts from being equipped with high-tech instruments and integrating them into the system, and ends with the more appropriately chosen education for individual students.

What is a smart card, then? The easiest way to understand it is to think of your student ID card. You can use your smart card not only in the library to borrow books, but also to pay for what you buy at the school cafeteria, or as an e-locker for various places in school. With this single card, you can utilize a variety of functions to make your lives in the class and throughout the school a little more convenient. On top of that, the card can be used for things like tracking attendance and accessing controls to enable real-time student monitoring and efficient facility management.

Lastly, the smart management system remotely monitors and controls the school facilities. Because the smart management system prevents dangers in school, it’s fair to say that a smart school can be complete only with this technology. Keeping the educational space safe for students as well as managing the educational environment is considered a top priority in the future of education with IT.

With these three aspects of infrastructure included we can improve the quality of education. With such an integrated system, people in separate locations can share their thoughts, enhance the quality of teaching materials, and make smart collaboration classrooms for a more efficient class. Constructing an optimal learning environment based on each person’s capability is becoming a reality thanks to LG CNS’s smart school.

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Innovation in Education though Smart School

LG CNS is planning to open six ‘Education Innovation Centers’ which have ICT educational content development equipment in this project in Colombia. Each center will produce their educational content and equipment and distribute them to around 50 elementary and middle schools.

LG CNS is showing the new possibilities of IT through this ICT education project in Colombia by providing their top-notch ICT. ICT, as a result, is contributing to the educational equality in Colombia by narrowing the educational gap between regions and improving the quality of education itself.

Many countries around the globe are already working on propagating smart school systems. For example, LG CNS and KAIST helped the Mongolian government adopt the smart school system by concluding an agreement to establish and disseminate smart schools. As we see, ICT is becoming a technology that supports such meaningful projects that lead the innovation in education and improvement of educational quality in coarse educational environments.

Smart School: A Key to Innovation in Education

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The first thing to do for the real innovation is to secure quality content. As we see from the examples in Colombia and Mongolia, though it is important to create the infrastructure and institutions in the beginning, what makes the real change is the diversity of content for teachers and students and the suitability of the smart apparatus.

UN and UNESCO have declared that education is a universal right based on the political ideology called EFA (Education for All). They’re especially emphasizing the propagation of elementary education, achieving gender equality for educational opportunities, and reducing illiteracy rates, and many international institutions are cooperating for this goal. In Central and South America, an e-learning conference was held with thirty two countries involved to improve the weak education system through e-learning. Many of them appreciated Korean e-learning and the smart school models and now these models are being considered for their own regional education projects.

South American countries are working to improve their quality of education and propelling international cooperation. Although the demand on necessary IT infrastructure is increasing because of such a trend, there aren’t that many corporations with enough technological ability to design and manage the entire infrastructure. I look forward to seeing more of LG CNS global ICT infrastructure in other countries such as Uruguay, Mexico, Brazil, and Peru.

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LG CNS has organized a support program that enables university students interested in IT to write news articles related to the field. This article is one that was written under the program.

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