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  • Minister of Education, Rev. Hon. Ronald Thwaites, says steps are being taken to revolutionise the country’s education sector through the incorporation of technology.
  • Rev. Thwaites, who was addressing yesterday’s (March 2) media launch of the mYLocker® e-learning platform at the Knustford Court Hotel in New Kingston, cited the‘Tablets in Schools’ pilot programme as one such initiative.
  • The mYLocker® e-learning platform is the first of its kind in Jamaica and the Caribbean. Developed by One-on-One Educational Services Limited, the innovation will allow students to take all their high school courses on mobile devices, tablets, personal computers, laptops and even their television sets.

Minister of Education, Rev. Hon. Ronald Thwaites, says steps are being taken to revolutionise the country’s education sector through the incorporation of technology.

He noted that the introduction and use of Information and Communications Technology (ICT) in the classroom, coupled with traditional ways of imparting knowledge, will only redound to the benefit of the country.

Rev. Thwaites, who was addressing yesterday’s (March 2) media launch of the mYLocker® e-learning platform at the Knustford Court Hotel in New Kingston, cited the‘Tablets in Schools’ pilot programme as one such initiative.

The one-year pilot is being implemented in 38 educational institutions and involves the distribution of tablets to benefit 24,000 students and 1,200 teachers in six pre-primary schools, 13 primary schools, five all age and junior high schools, 12 high schools, one teachers’ college, and one special education institution.

The initiative also involves the distribution of computers and multimedia devices, including interactive whiteboards/projectors, scanners, printers to pre-primary and primary schools. This is in addition to the installation of Wi-Fi at all 38 educational institutions.

Rev. Thwaites said the Ministry is in discussion with book publishers to provide access to electronic textbooks via the tablets. He said access to some e-books will be available at the start of the next school year, particularly at the primary level.

The Minister informed that education material is also being provided via cable and free-to-air television. “We are currently producing GSAT (Grade Six Achievement Test) 15-minute revision lessons that will become available this month, not specifically aimed at this year’s GSAT sitting, because that is at the end of the month, but available for future use,” he noted.

He lauded the conceptualisers of the mYLocker®, pointing out that it is another ICT teaching and learning option targeting the critical areas of English, Mathematics and the Sciences.

“Learning aides such as this will now revolutionise the classroom by placing before every Jamaican, who has access to online learning, the option of the best teachers to supplement, not supplant the instructions that they get in the schools,” he contended.

The mYLocker® e-learning platform is the first of its kind in Jamaica and the Caribbean. Developed by One-on-One Educational Services Limited, the innovation will allow students to take all their high school courses on mobile devices, tablets, personal computers, laptops and even their television sets.

The platform comes equipped with a suite of integrated functionalities that will give the user the complete learning experience. These functionalities include: interactive high school courses spanning the entire syllabus of Mathematics, English Language and the Sciences; a diagnostic test (powered by artificial intelligence); a Consult Me Centre (powered by a virtual classroom); and an online marketplace where users can purchase academic, social and technology-based courses.

Additional information on the initiative can be accessed at www.getmylocker.com