School adopts technology to drive dynamic learning process
Fourier International School, said it is determined to invest more in technology that would drive curriculum in the school system, in efforts to move to the next level in the 21st century where learning has seen a significant shift in expectations from teachers and students in the education sector
The Executive Director, Fourier International, a nursery and primary school in Akure, Ondo State, Omosuyi Olumide Abayomi, to The Guardian on the telephone that the school is planning to unveil it access control system in September.
The director explained at a briefing in Lagos, with the theme: ‘Blending Technology and Education for World Class learning,’ that the access control system will strengthen the security system of the school, and will be either eye ball or finger print enabled.
He said: “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.”
Speaking further on the challenges, he said: “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 school Administrator, Dr. Akindoyo Edward Olusoga, said the world has gone far beyond, and how kids can compete favourably with the world especially in an information technology age, aside from classwork is necessary. He noted that the Access Control System is a project that will introduce the use of technology in education. “We went round the world to see how this will be achieved. With this, things will be changed.”
He added that some educational apps will be made available in the school computer laboratory, including “Ever-green apps”, which will be used across all subjects on the curriculum; and “iMovie” that sallow students make educational movies. There are also “Presentation Software” for voice over of educational materials, and shobe apps that enables 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 was recently launched, and had increased learning process for teachers as well the students, and will be scalable, while the fibre optics has been rolled out for coverage and density.
According to the Academic Manager of the school, Oluwasomi Motunrayo, who spoke on, “Blending Technology and Education: The Fourier International School, has Experience” there are four keys essential for learning and competence in the 21st century – critical thinking, communication, collaboration, and creativity.
Motunrayo, reiterated thus: “Fourier has been developing these skills in their students ever since the inception of the school 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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His words: “As knowledge becomes freely and easily available through Summarising key factors that Fourier believes will ensure most effective transformation of learning, the manager pointed them out to include, Effective Research before implementation, investing time and resources, training of all staff ,planning Ahead and pacing one’s self.