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.

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.

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?