JKOA partners with CodeGen for Smart Classroom Software implementation

John Keells Office Automation (Pvt) Ltd. (JKOA), Sri Lanka’s leading provider of office automation solutions, together with CodeGen International (Pvt) Ltd helped unveil the country’s first-ever Smart Grade at the Sri Jayewardenepura Kotte Boys’ School. These Smart Classrooms are powered by XOLO Smart Classroom software developed and managed by CodeGen under the Cloud Smart School Education Solutions endorsed by the Ministry of Education.

Through this pioneering initiative, the entire 8th Grade of the school comprising 5 classrooms and 160 students was transformed into a Smart Grade. JKOA provided TACTEASY Smart Interactive Boards for the XOLO Smart Classroom initiative while CodeGen International provided comprehensive technical knowledge, guidance and training for teachers and students on how to use the platform. The students now have the opportunity to use Smart Interactive Boards and Smart Tablets to engage in their day-to-day studies.

The Smart Grade was unveiled by Dr. Harsha de Silva, the Minister of Economic Reforms and Public Distribution, during a special ceremony held with the participation of Principal of the school, Anil Wanaguru, teachers and well-wishers. In January 2017, Dr. Harsha De Silva pioneered the XOLO Smart School project in Sri Lanka by establishing the first Integrated  Smart Classroom as a pioneer project at Sri Jayewardenepura Kotte Boys School. Since inception, 17 students in Grade 7 have used this facility to educate themselves and excel in their studies during the pilot project. Education solution powered by CodeGen, being a cloud-based school management and learning solution, organizes and optimizes the student learning process intuitively and in real-time. The system operates on a fully integrated platform while providing a connected, cohesive eco-system for educators and students.

TACTEASY and IQ Smart Interactive Boards act as the hardware solution provider to facilitate the XOLO Smart Classrooms. These Smart Interactive Boards are available in two sizes – 86” and 96” – and come with an aluminum frame and steel nano screen. Students and teachers can interact with the board using touch gestures supported by pen and hand or other opaque objects. It provides 10 simultaneous touchpoints, allows 01 to 10 users to write concurrently and supports over 60,000,000 times single spot touch. Easy to use in schools, institutes and workspaces, this wall-mounted device meets all international certifications including CE, ROHS and FCC.


Expressing his views, Janoda Thoradeniya – Vice President of John Keells Group and CEO of JKOA stated, “The partnership between JKOA and CodeGen in delivering education solutions for the future generation will bring about much-needed change in the education sector in Sri Lanka. XOLO Smart Classroom initiative is now a tested and proven solution for smart content delivery and unlimited content availability in multimedia form, using Smart Tablets and Smart Interactive Boards in Classrooms.”

Smart Classroom Expansion in Sri Lanka by XOLO

CodeGen’s education platform was introduced to an entire grade at Sri Jayawardenapura Kotte Boys School in January 2019.  XOLO Smart Classroom technology, powered by Cloud Smart School is now a proven method of teaching and learning.


Take a look at the launch event for a quick recap of the XOLO Smart Grade launch in Sri Lanka.

Sri Lanka launches first grade wide Smart Classroom powered by XOLO

Following the success of the first and the only tab-based Smart Classroom in Sri Lanka, the Ministry of Economic Reforms and Public Distribution together with the Ministry of Education and CodeGen International (Pvt) Ltd., introduced the first grade-wide deployment of Smart Classrooms at the Sri Jayawardenapura Kotte Boys School on the 07th day of January 2019.

Moreover, these Smart Classrooms are powered by XOLO Smart Classroom platform. The software is developed and managed by CodeGen and endorsed by the Ministry of Education.

At the launch, Minister of Economic Reforms and Public Distribution, Dr. Harsha de Silva stated, “Sri Jayawardenapura Kotte Boys School, is the only school that has a fully integrated Smart Classroom solution. These are not just classrooms with Smart Boards but uses an intuitive learning platform. This is done in order to connect  teachers and students effectively. The continuity of this will be our responsibility, as we are here today for change. By 2022 we hope to transform one of the oldest schools in Sri Lanka into a Smart School.”

“Sri Lanka’s year on year per capita growth is just around 2.5%. It is extremely low if we are to match any developed country such as Singapore. Over 250,000 students pass out from schools, but only 50,000 students enter into the local University system in Sri Lanka. Have we ever analysed the potential of this future workforce, to find ways to optimise economic growth? Education is not about learning content, it is about being able to apply what we learn to solve real world problems. So, it’s time to move from content based to problem solving education.” Stated CodeGen International, Chief Executive Officer, Dr. Harsha Subasinghe.

“XOLO Smart Classroom platform’s safety and monitoring features are widely used by the School’s administration and teachers. With real-time class monitoring and problem-based education system, this technology demonstrates an end-to-end education platform. This has enabled us to transform the way students learn.” Stated Sri Jayawardenapura Kotte Boys School, Smart Classroom Teacher.

XOLO Smart Classroom at St. Sylvester’s College Kandy

In embracing technology for smart and intuitive education, St. Sylverter’s College Kandy launched the XOLO Smart Classroom platform, first of its kind in the Central Province of Sri Lanka. The event was graced by Hon. Sarath Ekanayake, The Chief Minister of Central Province, Mr. T. R. S. Meetiyagoda, The Principal St. Sylvester’s College and Dr. Harsha Subasinghe, Chief Executive Officer of CodeGen International.

XOLO powered by Cloud Smart School, a subsidiary of CodeGen International (Pvt) Ltd., focuses on invigorating students to be innovative and exemplary result oriented citizens of the future.  Just-in-time learning, Problem-solving techniques and Learn-ability scoring, are some of the unique aspects of this tested, proven concept, now deployed at St. Sylvester’s College, where the school can now automate classroom teaching alongside admin tasks.

CodeGen states that, XOLO which is a unique education platform that goes beyond a Learning Management Solution (LMS). The world’s first unified application where electronic and personal content can both be integrated in real-time, on one screen with smart content delivery; students can now read, learn and write simultaneously.

A dream that instilled in me in the year 2010, is now accomplished by launching the XOLO Smart Classroom at St. Sylvester’s College. The great desire to ensure that our future generation is equipped with technology, for which a smart education platform is much needed is no longer a dream. My hope is that our students will be driven by this initiative to reach greater heights, with skills that are recognised internationally, and pass out as extraordinary citizens.” states, St. Sylvester’s College, Principal, Mr. T. R. S. Meetiyagoda.

XOLO Smart Classroom Teacher, Ms. Ramani Swamirajah explained, “The traditional methods we have been using, most of it felt ordinary and felt monotonous. I am very happy with this new system and it would definitely do well for our students’ education. The teachers can do more effective work within a short period of time and we expect an effective and quality education and outcome.”

XOLO Smart Classroom revolution was introduced by CodeGen in January 2017, together with Hon. Deputy Minister Dr. Harsha de Silva and the Education Ministry of Sri Lanka. The successful pilot project which was launched at the Sri Jayawardenepura Maha Vidayala Kotte, was later visited by Prime Minister Hon. Ranil Wickremesinghe, to observe student engagement and to look at the success rate of this venture for future expansion.

Sample Smart Classroom

XOLO Smart Classroom Feedback


Mathematics and Health Education teacher and teacher in charge of Cloud Smart Classroom, Punsandani Chanika Rathnayake said, “When comparing with the other students in school, the smart classroom students are performing well. They are very active and interested in studies. They come to school every day and they concentrate well on studies and extra-curricular activities. They take their tabs home for recharging every day. It is easy for us as we prepare for the lessons through presentations.”

“We make videos as well to conduct the lessons. The students download the lessons that we prepare through their tabs. The CodeGen Company trained us for about two weeks before starting the smart classroom. They gave us laptops to prepare lessons. The textbooks are uploaded to the tabs.  The school dialog wifi is filtered and students cannot access unnecessary websites. The Google search engine is also filtered. This system is not risky as some think as we have a backup system as well,” she said.

Civics Education teacher at Cloud Smart Classroom, Chandrika Kahandawala Arachchi said, “The children like this system because it is the new technology. They can download the lessons that we prepare through their tabs from anywhere if they have access to Internet. Students can participate in the day’s lesson even from home if they get absent to school. Assignments are done through the tabs. Some of these children got low marks last year in Grade six but now they have improved. I can see a huge change. If this system is introduced to all schools in Sri Lanka, it would be really great. We do a lot of homework after the introduction of this system. I go home after school and prepare the presentations through laptops. We do hard work but finally we are happy to see the outcome. These students get high marks. Compared to the previous years these children are also interested in doing the homework. The classroom management is easy now because all are attentive.”


A student from Grade Seven Smart Classroom, Ruvin Rashintha said that when he is free, he looks for educational related material on Google. “We do not need to buy exercise books and stationery now. It is very easy for us. Last year when our teacher told us to find pictures to paste, we needed to search in shops or cut from newspapers but now we can easily download from Google and paste it on the page in the tab. I like this system a lot. It encourages and motivates me to learn. I like coming to school every day now rather than before. We can download and read story books too during our leisure time,” he said.

Another Student mentioned that doing homework was not as boring as those days, its always a good time to learn with what XOLO has to offer.


The Principal of Sri Jayawardenepura Maha Vidyalaya Kotte, Major D.A.D. Wanaguru said, “The idea of the Smart Classroom was first initiated by Deputy Minister, Harsha de Silva. ‎The Founder, President and Chief Executive Officer at CodeGen, Dr. Harsha Subasinghe gave us the knowledge about Smart Classrooms. The smart board which represents a blackboard and the tab system concept was introduced to us by Dr. Subasinghe, CEO of CodeGen. He always coordinates with us to make things easy. The tabs were provided to us by the CodeGen Company. After we started the Smart Classrooms, we monitored the progress of the students.”

“Students can now read and learn, while taking handwritten notes on the same screen. It is a unified learning solution for students with smart content delivery and unlimited content availability in multi-media form. After implementing this new education concept, we have seen a tremendous progress of children in the 7E Smart Classroom. This pilot project has proved that students are now much more enthusiastic to learn in the classroom or even at home with minimal supervision; increasing student attendance up to 92.5 percent, and an average 24 percent performance increase in subjects, and the highest individual average of 87 percent at the term examination was from the Smart Classroom,” he said.

Principal Wanaguru said, “We have blocked all unnecessary sites and applications. There is a control panel through which the CodeGen company, teachers of the Smart Classroom and myself monitor and manage. We cannot hide from new technologies, but instead we must get used to it and get along with it. Technology is sometimes misused by children but here they cannot, as we manage it. We should not make technology our slave, instead we should be the managers of it. Today children have made technology their slaves. They go to unnecessary websites and search for things and think that it is something great.”

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CodeGen unveils the success of Sri Lanka’s first Smart Classroom

Hon. Prime Minister Ranil Wickremasinghe, together with the Education Minister Akila Viraj Kariyawasam, Deputy Minister Dr. Harsha de Silva, Western Province Education Minister Ranjit Somawansa, visited the XOLO Cloud Smart Classroom powered by CodeGen, at the Sri Jayawardenepura Maha Vidyalaya Kotte, last week.

The main objective of the visit was to check the phenomenal progress and the performance of the students, and to scrutinize how this successful learning concept can be applied to the rest of the country. At the event, the Prime Minister, instigated that the ministry will initially look at rolling out the XOLO Cloud Smart Classroom concept to 25 selected schools, while also focusing on the probable implementation of the Smart Classroom to all Advanced Level Students in years to come.

“XOLO Cloud Smart Classroom is World’s first where students can now read and learn, while taking handwritten notes on the same screen; a unified learning solution for students with smart content delivery and unlimited content availability in multi-media form. After implementing this new education concept, we have seen a tremendous progress of children in the 7E Smart Classroom. This pilot project has proved that students are now much more enthusiastic to learn in the classroom or even at home with minimal supervision; increasing student attendance up to 92.5%, and an average 24% performance increase in subjects, and the highest individual average of 87% at the term examination was from the Smart Classroom.” stated Sri Jayawardenepura Maha Vidyalaya Kotte Principal, Major D. A. D. Wanaguru.

“From teacher training, student progress monitoring and content delivery, for Sri Lanka’s first Smart Classroom; the students as well as the teachers have now mastered the technological aspects of the programme brilliantly. It is evident that, Just-in-time learning and smart content delivery were two of the key features, that transformed the performance of the classroom, with real-time student progress monitoring, and learning based around Problem solving techniques.” stated CodeGen International Project Manager, Pabasara Karunanayake.

XOLO Cloud Smart Classroom powered by CodeGen

‘XOLO’ smart learning revolution is powered by Cloud Smart School education management solution. The seamless back-end integration ensures, optimal efficiency in operational activities of an educational institute, and or the entire education system of a country. Cloud Smart School is a scalable education platform that is designed to optimize the learning experience of our future generation.
Sri Lanka’s first Smart Classroom
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CodeGen extends technology to launch Sri Lanka’s first Cloud Smart Classroom

CodeGen International (Pvt). Ltd., integrated the first Cloud Smart Classroom in partnership with the Education Ministry of Sri Lanka at the Jayawardenapura Kotte Boys School, with the participation of Education Minister Akila Viraj Kariyawasam and Foreign Affairs Deputy Minister Harsha de Silva.

CodeGen’s Cloud Smart School technology was recognized by the Ministry of Education, and under the guidance of the ministry, the Cloud Smart Classroom was launched successfully as a pilot project. The company together with the ministry will closely monitor the progress and salient trends or gaps within this year to implement a long-term strategy to restructure Sri Lanka’s education system.

With the explosion of all things mobile, Cloud Smart Classroom solution will be the next catalyst to invigorate engagement between learners and educators alike. With the installation of child friendly smart tabs utilizing paperless edu-tech, powered by Cloud Smart School’s carefully designed in-built application can now be identified as the sole, unified solution developed locally to meet international standards in the education industry.

The Chief Executive Officer of CodeGen, Dr. Harsha Subasinghe, reiterated the importance of visiting the predicted world in 2030, where artificial intelligence will be the governing mechanism and millions of employees will look for citizens who own a particular skill set. He further explained, the need to introduce a platform which is content driven, based on problem-solving skills as it is the new age of education.

Company’s move to extend its Cloud Smart School revolutionary technology to digitize the educational landscape of Sri Lanka, reinforces CodeGen’s vision to future proof the education structure for students to develop twenty-first century skills, and to have an equal opportunity to compete in the job-market globally.

CodeGen, is a proven, agile and leading software provider in the global marketplace. The company envisions the future of education through pioneering edu-tech, to regenerate the learning ecosystem with Cloud Smart School, a student learning and school management platform developed by Ombo Technologies, a fully owned subsidiary of CodeGen.

Shifting Schools Towards Digitization


CodeGen International (Pvt) Ltd. partnered with Isipathana College, Colombo to Introduce Cloud Smart School, a student learning and school management platform developed by Ombo Technologies, a fully owned subsidiary of CodeGen.

The Principle of Isipathana College, Mr. Premasiri Epa, announced the partnership with CodeGen to deploy Cloud Smart School in the presence of Mr. Kusal Subasinghe, President Legal and Operations of CodeGen International (Pvt) Ltd. The occasion was graced by educational specialists of CodeGen along with the senior administration of the school.

“Education in the 21st century focuses on developing skills of students through knowledge. In what manner, the system translates this knowledge to students is the key differentiator. Thus, CodeGen is excited about this partnership with Isipathana College, as we take a step forward to revolutionize and re-engineer schools in Sri Lanka towards digitization.” stated President Legal and Operations of CodeGen International (Pvt) Ltd, Mr. Kusal Subasinghe.

The time has come for orthodox education systems to take a step back, the world is shifting expeditiously and tomorrow is never going to be like today. Chasing new goals, evaluating outcomes and creative collaborations should be the defining factors of modern education and CodeGen is determined to reshape and transform the educational landscape of Sri Lanka, the same way the company revolutionized the global travel and tourism industry with TravelBox, its flagship end-to-end travel software platform.


Image from L to R: Mr. Premasiri Epa, Principle, Isipathana College Colombo; Mr. Kusal Subasinghe, President Legal and Operations, CodeGen International (Pvt) Ltd.

Are we ready to welcome change?


635807769926152751-55185194_changeBuilding a better world for tomorrow is something we all hear on a day to day basis; from sustainable energy, organic food, autonomous transportation and eliminating poverty. These have all become buzz words of the present, and we are being told to innovate, try new things and to address these worldly matters – education steps in and the world evolves.

Are we conversant with the extraordinary generation we are trying to educate? A common dilemma for educational advocates- how to alter between what we were thought and what we need to teach. There is no right or wrong way, but there’s a definite need to change the mindset, endless opportunities and exponential growth expected.

If education is based on curriculums that were put forward years ago, it’s a good time to pause, think and reassure ourselves that we are not fighting an unattainable dream but flourishing with endless possibilities through constant innovation and self-discovery. Old is Gold, but New is even better!


 The digital age  

 In a world run by internet connectivity for all aspects of life, with information being freely available in just one click – we need to help students acquire accurate information. Google handles an estimated 1 billion search queries each day. Can a group of highly educated human brains add up to this infinite knowledge hub?

Creating an unceasing ecosystem around a student is important. Mentors, parents and the education institute should be aligned to support this digital age and help students think deeply, acquire relevant knowledge, make compassionate and responsible choices for revolutionary solutions. Modern schooling methodologies and innovative school management systems are plenty, are these systems just merely automating processes or complimenting the new mind-set of the students?

Real-life skills, effective speaking, strong vocabulary and an open mind will produce mature citizens who will try relentlessly, be prepared to accept failure and revolutionise the world with triumphs. Time to think, create, develop and collaborate with different minds –  joining forces for amazing discoveries is the new age. And by utilising the right technology, bridging the gap of the known and the unknown will be simpler. Merging the human brain and super-computing will spring unknown tomorrows, nevertheless inspiring ones.


A generation of solutionaries

 We believe as educators, we are on top of what’s new, what’s trending and can be summed up pretty much as the old-school walking encyclopedia. Look at the evolution of the student you teach; The average 21 year old spends 5000 hours playing video games and that’s almost three quarter of a full year. Are we going to change the average student we teach or are we going to compliment and embrace this revolutionary earthling?

Researchers call this generation of students the ‘solutionaries’. They constantly search, look for answers, shortcuts and quick hacks. And there is nothing wrong with that, it is a perfect situation and a critical factor that will shift the education systems around the globe.


It’s time to change

The time has come for orthodox education systems to take a step back, not because it is useless, but because the world is shifting expeditiously and tomorrow is never going to be like today. Chasing new goals, evaluating outcomes and creative collaborations should be defining factors of modern education. The ‘new’ mindset will not care about how many books one should read to be an expert, but interact with intelligent intermediaries that surpass human knowledge for quick solutions – that’s where the world is heading and you should too.

Yes, it is vital to be qualified, to acquire knowledge and aid in this exponential transformation of the global marketplace, but will a multiple degree holder be the ideal and the only mastermind who will take on the world tomorrow?

Can technology spark curiosity?

It is believed that curiosity enhances learning and ignites new ideas among students. But, if we are not exposed to new thinking and new ways of doing things, learning becomes monotonous and teaching methods become a routine chore. To inspire students, it is vital that we keep their minds occupied with new and innovative experiences to step outside the conservative mindset. It is an era where we as educational specialists, should allow and introduce students constantly to out of the box mind mapping exercises and challenge them to be creative. It is only then, will one come to learn the optimum capacity and explore the endless possibilities in a highly competitive and advanced society.

An insightful interview published by EDtalks on how technology sparks curiosity;

“The importantt thing is not to stop questioning. Curiosity has its own reason for existing.”  Albert Einstein