SmartEdu smart classrooms have been introduced into six public schools in Thua Thien Hue, as part of the province’s efforts to develop a smart education system. The goal is to establish Thua Thien Hue as a leading center for high-quality education and training across various disciplines and fields between 2021-2025, with a long-term vision to 2030, in line with Resolution 05-NQ/TU of the Provincial Party Committee.
One remarkable example of the success of SmartEdu’s implementation is demonstrated by Mr. Vo Anh Tu’s chemistry lesson at Quoc Hoc High School for the Gifted. The lesson was conducted in English and received a high level of positive feedback as the teacher effectively utilized the strengths of the SmartEdu model. By utilizing the SmartEdu smart classroom, both teachers and students are able to surpass the limits of traditional classroom lectures, resulting in engaging and dynamic learning experiences.
The SmartEdu model has been gaining widespread recognition and success in many schools across Japan. In Thua Thien Hue, the education and training industry has selected the smart classroom model as the starting point to develop a smart education ecosystem under the Smart City construction project of the Provincial People’s Committee.
In addition to Quoc Hoc High School for the Gifted, the SmartEdu model has also been implemented in five other national schools, including Nguyen Tri Phuong Secondary School, Phu Bai High School (Huong Thuy Town), Huong Tra High School, Phong Dien High School, and Nguyen Chi High School Thanh. This has been made possible through collaboration with NTT Group and VNPT Vietnam. Each school has received an investment of over 700 million VND per class from the Department of Education and Training, which includes a range of modern devices such as interactive whiteboards, cameras, internet connections, microphones, and speakers. These devices help teachers and students easily access modern teaching methods. The schools have selected a trial class with approximately 40 students and are studying all subjects using the SmartEdu model.
Interaction between teachers and students
English teacher Truong Hoang Bao Nhi from Quoc Hoc High School for the Gifted has shared her experience that smart classrooms support group work, learning activities, and writing skills practice, as well as lively presentations. In these classrooms, teachers and students can interact more directly with each other, and students have more opportunities to present their work and receive feedback from their teachers. However, teaching in a smart classroom requires teachers to develop a completely new lesson plan and prepare thoughtful lessons with a variety of learning materials. They must apply modern information technology and strive to help students enjoy learning, absorb lectures quickly, and understand concepts through vivid illustrations.
Nguyen Ngoc Minh, a 9th-grade student at Nguyen Tri Phuong Secondary School, has admitted his appreciation for studying in a smart classroom. He enjoys this type of classroom because it enables him and his friends to easily interact with the teacher through visual aids. In particular, he found social studies to be no longer boring, as he has access to specific works, characters, and events that help him better understand complex problems.
Looking at it from a management perspective, the principal of Nguyen Tri Phuong Secondary School, Teacher Tran Thi Dieu Trang, mentioned that teaching in smart classrooms requires teachers to put in more effort, but it is also more effective. Rather than simply lecturing on the textbook theory, teachers now split their classes into groups to gather documents, images, and video clips that are relevant to the author and their works, which are then presented in class. While this process may take up more time, it enables students to become more involved and better absorb the lesson.
The SmartEdu model has shown promising results in its initial the trial implementation, with students demonstrating increased interest in lessons, time-saving benefits for teachers, livelier lectures, and more flexible teaching methods. The new approach to teaching and learning in smart classrooms stimulates students to explore and develop their capacities.
However, the implementation of the smart classroom model cannot be widely adopted due to financial constraints. Mr. Hoang Minh, Principal of Phu Bai High School, acknowledges the benefits but highlights that financial difficulties currently limit the widespread implementation of smart classrooms.
As we enter the competitive 4.0 era, replicating the smart classroom model may be challenging due to differences in the level of information technology use among teachers and administrators. Many educators are hesitant to embrace this trend and may require more support to fully integrate technology into their teaching methods. To address these challenges, Thua Thien Hue plans to develop an investment roadmap to equip schools with the necessary technology, equipment, and furniture to create comprehensive smart schools. This will serve as the foundation for expanding the smart classroom model to a larger scale.
Reference source: Electronic Youth Newspaper / Thua Thien Hue province