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.”