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Mico smart classrooms

Published:Saturday | March 12, 2016 | 3:00 AM
Dr Asburn Pinnock

Mico smart classrooms

The Mico University College is seeking to transform its campus into one that is technologically driven in an effort to remain relevant and equip its graduates to work in modern settings across the world.

Mico President Dr Asburn Pinnock said that while the teachers are excellent when it comes to pedagogy, "the concern is the culture shock they get when they move from a Jamaican classroom to a British classroom for example, where it is filled with technology".

"The issue is how you navigate your way around and apply the Jamaican pedagogical skills to the modern classroom," he pointed out.

Pinnock was addressing a JIS Think Tank on March 9, at the agency's head offices in Kingston.

FUNDING

He said that the institution is looking to engage stakeholders to provide funding to institute smart classrooms as early as the start of the next academic year.

"What we are doing now is to engage the Ministry of Technology and, under the Tablet in Schools programme and the Universal Service Fund, to upgrade at least 15 of our classrooms into First World smart classrooms with smart boards and computers so that we can expose our teachers. Once the funds are committed, we are hoping to get those classrooms up and ready for September," he said.

The Mico president further stated that in addition to transforming the classrooms, there is a project being funded by the Mico Old Students Association to digitise the library.