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Smart Education

Academic Paper Summary   by:writerswrite     Original Author: Qamar Ahsan
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Education is not what it used to be. Quantum leaps in technology have made current teaching methods redundant and ineffective. Automation and artificial intelligence is replacing and enhancing the traditional student-teacher model rapidly. Smart Education is breaking new ground in providing an entirely new unique educational methodology and environment.

In “Smart Education” a specially developed intelligent software system is used for a new
teaching methodology and artificial/machine intelligence. This methodology requires no private tutoring as it provides a dynamic learning environment which automatically tailors itself to the needs of each individual pupil.  Classrooms are individually designed with a class size of 12 pupils.
All classrooms are equipped with a computer work-desk for each student, a trained teacher, a local area network, multimedia projection and a CCTV system.  Smart Education is not meant for academics only. It also provides children access to the world’s most advanced, child-safe electronics lab system, music room, dramatics, Yoga, karate, football, basketball and other physical training aids.

Smart Education provides parents with a 24 hours asynchronous contact with their child’s progress, their teachers, the co-supervisors, the supervisors and other supervisory staff over the Internet. You can even see your child working in the class at any time over the Internet or an Internet enabled mobile phone.

To lay foundation for the next generation, the scientists and decision makers are fully equipped with the knowledge and paradigm of 21st century yet equally aware and knowledgeable of their proud heritage of  culture and tradition. Through this combination they must regain the coveted central position in human society, which their ancestors once possessed.

THE GOALS

Establish an environment that provides the highest possible standard of education.

Promote the skills, knowledge, attitudes and positive self-confidence necessary for the life-long development of each student.

Develop strategies to help students adjust to the complexities and challenges of an increasingly inter dependent and constantly changing world.

THE PHILOSOPHY BEHIND SMART EDUCATION

The word ‘Smart’ in this context comes from the rapidly developing technologies collectively termed as Artificial Intelligence and Machine Intelligence. Smart Systems have been developed in almost all fields of human endeavor to assist and enhance the performance of a pure human system many times over. Robotics, medical diagnosis, surgery, genetics, astrophysics are only a few examples where smart programs/systems are becoming common place. It is a system developed to improve and impart education at levels which are simply not possible in existing conventional schools.

In an ordinary primary school, every pupil is tightly coupled to a teacher for all types of inputs that are received from that particular education system. These include concept development, instructions, exercises, home tasks, tests, examinations etc. Moreover, monitoring of the performance as well as intermittent evaluation of the progress is done by the same teacher. This is an extremely sizeable task for any one individual to start with. In addition to this, the fate of an entire class is so tightly linked with the efficiency and abilities of one individual that a bad or insufficiently trained teacher, can and often does, an irreparable damage to a large proportion of the class. Thus a child rebuffed, discouraged or unfairly treated by any teacher due to any reason, especially in front of his/her peers, can suffer from such a strong psychological stigma/shock that it may impair their confidence for a long time, even for the rest of their life. One does not know what to do?

Another problem intrinsic to existing schooling system is the large difference in the learning capabilities and patterns amongst children. This means that the rate at which a child is capable of learning and the attention it requires for absorbing knowledge and instruction, can vary greatly not only from one child to another but also from one day to another for the same child. Part of these variations are due to an individual’s psychological and physiological makeup but can also be affected temporarily by a number of external factors such as ailments, general health condition or any psychological stress and pressure that the child may have endured due to domestic and/or other social reasons.

Thus, ideally the rate, and the way in which instruction and knowledge may be dispensed to an individual child must not only vary greatly from one child to another but also from one day to another for the same child. This is a requirement clearly impossible to be met in the classical teacher-student environment. However, victims of this intrinsic shortcoming of the classic learning environment must run into millions each year. Some of such examples have been symbolised in history in the form of names like Albert Einstein, Winston Churchill and Graham Bell, whose genius was never recognized in their respective schools and who were labeled as poor or hopeless students.

It has been observed that most of the problems and limitations of the classical schooling formats arise due to an over dependence of the educational system on one individual i.e. the class teacher whereas each young and supple mind needs continuous and discerning intellectual support and nourishment. Smart Schools have been designed primarily to address and solve this problem, while retaining all the plus points of the classical school system. This is achieved by altering the class environment in such a way that the class teacher is assisted and relieved with the help of a network of computers of many mundane repetitive tasks through automation and machine intelligence

Published: June 12, 2008   
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