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| Published 2. 9. 2013. 13:34 | RSS

Future Classroom in Otok near Sinj

Kamešnica Elementary School in Otok is first to have implemented the Future Classroom project, whereby more than 470 students attending this school, but also students from the Ruda and Udovičići branch schools, are given the opportunity to engage in interactive learning using latest information technologies. The joint project of CARNet and the Samsung Electronics Adriatic Company, which has been realised with the support of Ministry of Science, Education and Sports, is one of the first such projects in the region.

The Future Classroom in Kamešnica is fitted with a computer for the teacher, tablets for students and an interactive whiteboard, which is supposed to enable an interactive exchange of knowledge to all the students, from 5th to 8th grade. Not only are teachers now able to share quickly all relevant information and lecture notes, but they can also gain insight into students’ understanding of a particular lecture. They can share content using the interactive, smart whiteboard and, with only several "clicks", send it to student's tablets.

Students as well as teachers can keep notes on lectures, underline key information or draw, both on tablets and on the interactive whiteboard. Teachers are able to check virtually in no time how well the students are following the lecture, using short quizzes, surveys as well as discussions.

According to Zvonimir Stanić, CEO of the Croatian Academic and Research Network CARNet, encouraging the implementation and use of IT in education is one of CARNet's top priorities. CARNet has recognised the potential of the Future Classroom to make a significant contribution in that respect, as seen in its support of the implementation of the Samsung Smart School system in two schools so far.

”The system enables use of advanced technologies ― tablets, interactive whiteboards, and classroom operation software ― for the purposes of interactive teaching, where students may share their course-related activities among each other, but also with the teacher, save them for later, check their knowledge by means of tests, search the Internet, and so forth. Based on the two schools, we will be able to monitor the advantages of such system and of using ICTs in class and apply such observations later on, in the development of the project and other services offered by CARNet alike.

Interactivity, mobility, the possibility of collaboration between teachers, students, schools and parents, as enabled by the information technologies, together with the introduction of services such as e-Class Register, digital textbooks and videoconference into teaching process, these are the components that would help Croatian schools upgrade education as befits the 21st century. In synergy with our awarded Schools 2.0 project, CARNet plans to use the Future Classroom project to continue their progress, so that each student, teacher and parent have free access to these technologies and the Internet, which are prerequisite to what is basic today, which is access to knowledge!” , as Zvonimir Stanić, CARNet CEO, emphasised.

Kamešnica Elementary School has been in operation since 1909. Currently, the school has 57 employes and, in school year 2012/2013, had 471 students divided in 25 classroom sections, both in the central school and the branch schools of Ruda and Udovičići. The elementary school in Otok is one of the first in the region to have Samsung Smart School technology installed, fitted with an interactive whiteboard and a computer, as well as 25 tablets intended for students, from 5th to 8th grade. The Classroom will be used primarily for maths and computer science curricula teaching, but is later planned to be extended to other subjects as well.