Olashore School goes digital in learningWritten by The Neighbourhood
Not satisfied with the standard it had already achieved in learning and moulding of students, Olashore International School, a pacesetter academia in Nigeria, has made another milestone. This time, in its bid to move to the next level in the 21st century where learning has seen a significant shift in expectations from teachers and students, the school has launched a new technology-driven curriculum. Also, it has launched a “One iPad per teacher & Student” Program. That makes it the first school in Nigeria to undertake such program.
This good news was revealed recently during an Executive Briefing Session held in Lagos, with the theme, “Blending Technology and Education for World Class learning”.
Speaking at the unveiling of the iPad initiative, the Chairman, Board of Trustees, Olashore International, Prince Bimbo Olashore, stated that “Nigeria can no longer wait and be playing catch-up with technology or keep waiting for technology transfer. We have to leap-frog to catch up and get our young Nigerians prepared for the new technology-driven world. We are pleased to be making substantial investment in this direction”.
He spoke further on the challenges inherent. So for him, “The challenge is how to produce children to think out of the box and make them clearly different. Communication is the key. If a child has all the A's in the world and cannot communicate, it's a waste of time. The result is the only benchmark to show how well the school is doing on the students. The world has gone far beyond, and how the kids can compete favourably with the world especially in an information technology age, aside from class work is necessary”, saying the iPad project was introduced to use technology in education. “We went round the world to see how this will be achieved. With this, things will change”, the Chair added.
Mr Derek Smith, who has overseen the growth of the school as its Principal, on his part, pointed out specifically that the Olashore had focused more on learning but that with technology, more could be achieved in interaction. He explained that the school has evolved measures to ensure the success of the project. He pointed out the support system, guaranteed electricity, Power-point lessons, interactive whiteboards, projectors in classrooms, one to one roll out of iPads, and mobile devices, amongst others, as some things put in place to ensure education and technology. Mr. Smith added that some educational apps will be made available on the iPad which he stated will include “Ever-green apps” which will be used across all subjects on the curriculum, “iMovie” which will allow students make educational movies, “Presentation Software” which is primed to allow for voice-over of educational materials, and shobe apps which will allow the photographs of their written work to be sent to the teacher for feedback, amongst others.
He announced that the inter-connectivity bandwidth of the school had increased in the last few years by 10, and will further increasing much as the fibre optics has been rolled out for coverage and density. He emphasized that the school has a Mobile Management System to control and track all that is done with iPads provided by the school in order to ensure that no student deviates from the actual purpose.
The Principal, who spoke on “Blending Technology and Education: The Olashore Experience”, identified four keys as essential to learning and competence in the 21st century. These, he said are critical thinking, communication, collaboration and creativity, saying that “Olashore has been developing these skills in their students for a number of years and now feels that the development of these competencies are integrated into our culture. Hence we are looking to move to the next level where we can further develop our use of technology to transform learning”.
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