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  • Principal of Sam Sharpe Teachers’ College in Granville, St. James, Dr. Asburn Pinnock, has made a commitment to utilize the technology now being made available to the institution, to enable it to become a SMART college.
  • With the presentation of 300 tablet computers to the college recently, Dr. Pinnock said that “as technology integration continues to increase in our society, it is paramount that teachers possess the skills and behaviours of digital age professionals.”
  • Dr. Pinnock said that moving forward, teachers must become comfortable being co-learners with their students and colleagues around the world.

Principal of Sam Sharpe Teachers’ College in Granville, St. James, Dr. Asburn Pinnock, has made a commitment to utilize the technology now being made available to the institution, to enable it to become a SMART college.

With the presentation of 300 tablet computers to the college recently, Dr. Pinnock said that “as technology integration continues to increase in our society, it is paramount that teachers possess the skills and behaviours of digital age professionals.”

The tablets were provided under the Tablets in Schools Project, spearheaded by the Ministry of Science, Technology, Energy and Mining and E-Learning Jamaica, in collaboration with the Ministry of Education and the Universal Service Fund (USF).

Expressing appreciation for the tablets, Dr. Pinnock said that moving forward, teachers must become comfortable being co-learners with their students and colleagues around the world.

“As a consequence, teacher educators must capitalize on this growing trend by maximizing on the countless opportunities which exist today, as we seek to operate in the 21st Century, while engaging the 21st Century learner,” he added.

The Principal  said if the institution is to achieve the set goals, which are in keeping with the International Society for Technology in Education (ISTE) standards for teachers, then “we must create a SMART college, training SMART teachers to teach and develop SMART students for a SMART world.”

“The aim is to create a centre of excellence in technology which will serve as a resource centre for training and development for western Jamaica.  With this in mind, we seek to retrofit our classrooms to SMART rooms and SMART labs where SMART technology will be utilized in all aspects of the teaching and learning process.  We plan to facilitate all lecturers and students to interact using high level technology in accomplishing daily outcomes,” Dr. Pinnock informed.

He added that every effort would be made to develop the institution’s capacity to reach more students via online, in order to cut travelling costs, increase productivity and access to tertiary education.