Ho Chi Minh City set to spearhead Vietnam’s move toward ‘smart schools’

The Ho Chi Minh City Department of Education and Training has submitted a plan to the municipal administration requesting approval for an ambitious pilot scheme that would establish a network of ‘smart schools’ in the megacity. The scheme is among the steps being undertaken by the southern metropolis to realize its vision of becoming a smart city by 2025, which includes the development of low-cost energy, convenient public transport systems and improved healthcare services alongside high-quality education. At the core of the ‘smart schools’ project is the application of information technology and communications in the management and organization of educational activities, said Nguyen Van Hieu, deputy director of the Department of Education and Training. The ultimate goal is to establish a complete online interactive environment that interconnects schools, families, and society – the three pillars supporting a student’s success, Hieu explained. To realize this goal, tablets, interactive boards, and cyber teaching materials will be utilized to their fullest potential. Tests and examinations will also begin to be held online through Internet-connected devices, the director said. The municipal department of education will work to establish an open online library for teaching materials and education applications and software which all students and teachers can access and download for their own use. Apart from general exams, teachers are encouraged to compile personalized tests that are tailored to the ability and development of individual students, with the help of computer software. Students will also be able to study and take exams from the comfort… [Read full story]

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