No more writing on the blackboard with chalk
Until recently, in elementary and junior high schools children would copy down what their teachers wrote on the blackboard. Today, with the introduction of information and communications technology (ICT) teaching styles are radically changing.
However, there are a variety of issues to be resolved when deploying ICT in the classroom. These include the costs involved in installing Wi-Fi facilities and tablets, as well as the issue of how to use blackboards, textbooks, and notebooks alongside electronic boards and tablets. Furthermore, some teachers without sufficient technology know-how may find it difficult to use computers in the classroom.
New approach to learning with Wi-Fi and tablets
Fujitsu has recently launched the "learning project of tomorrow." Fujitsu's project aims to deploy electronic equipment such as Wi-Fi devices, tablets, and electronic whiteboards in school classes. The project makes full use of Fujitsu’s on-site experience acquired during the Ministry of Internal Affairs and Communication's Future School Promotion Project (note 1) and the Ministry of Education, Culture, Sports, Science and Technology's Learning Innovation Project (note 2).
In this project, Fujitsu provides tablets and software to teachers and students in five elementary schools in Hokkaido, Fukushima, Kanagawa, Shizuoka, and Kagoshima, as well as a junior high school in Thailand. The term of the loan is until March 2016, in order to develop learning environments that enable teachers and students to use ICT in their daily activities. Through this project, we will support a new approach to learning that allows students to study on their own initiative, using ICT tools.
Note 1: This test project was conducted by the Ministry of Internal Affairs and Communication for four years, from FY2010 to FY2013, in order to promote the use of ICT in education.
Note 2: This test project was conducted by the Ministry of Education, Culture, Sports, Science and Technology in order to study the effects of teaching with ICT, and to develop effective teaching methods and model teaching content.
Visualize data for teaching skills and learning logs
Fujitsu Education Solution K-12 Learning Information Utilization System Chietama is a teaching support tool, and it plays a vital role in the "learning project of tomorrow." This tool automatically downloads teaching materials for students as they open their daily class schedule. When they log in, teaching materials are downloaded gradually, so as to avoid network delays caused by multiple hits at the same time. Teaching materials and documents are displayed on an easy-to-understand visual interface, so that even teachers who are not skilled in using computers can easily operate the tool.
Fujitsu's education solution, Chietama, makes it possible to store data on teaching skills and learning logs, and to share the data between teachers and students in a visual format. In the past, teaching abilities have relied on individual teachers' experience and intuition. The sharing of study data will help provide education tailored to individual students' performance level, and contribute to greater development of their individuality.
In addition to Chietama, the Learning Project of Tomorrow also provides a variety of programs to help teachers use ICT in the classroom. For example, teachers at schools participating in the project can share teaching plans and materials by setting up a Chietama Portal Site. Fujitsu will continue to promote initiatives to support education with ICT as we grow closer to an age where every student will use a tablet in the classroom.