Microsoft Nigeria, in collaboration with Sidmach Technologies, held an event tagged ‘Digital Transformation in Education’ on Friday, June 29 to empower schools in Nigeria on world-class technological innovations that can aid effective management.
The event which held at Radisson Blu, Ikeja GRA, Lagos, offered Proprietors, Principals, Head Teachers, IT Directors and other high-level school administrators, first-hand encounter with Microsoft’s Imagine Academy, Sidmach’s Smart School solution and SEAMs.
Educations Program Manager, Microsoft Nigeria, Ms Jordan Belmonte, introduced Microsoft’s “Imagine Academy” – an IT package with over 700 courses including data and computer science, IT infrastructure to enhance productivity in schools. According to her, the package will aid learning and prepare schools for a digital literacy curriculum. While explaining how technology can be utilized, Jordan said, “It is good that we have technology out there, but it is important that we put the individuals through on how to use it.” She also added that Imagine Academy helps schools compete globally with international standard.
Next up was Educations Strategic Business Unit Manager Sidmach, Mr Ohwofasa Imoh, who spoke extensively about “Smart School” – an online portal which aids competitive thinking, cloud computing and organization of information. He stated that schools can get free trials of the software based on their interests, while webinars will be available for interested schools to break the barrier of distance. Ohwofasa went on to reveal that the solution will encourage real-time interaction between and among teachers, parents, students and other stakeholders of the school to monitor the administrative activities.
Simple Electronic Assessment and Marking System (SEAMS) – another technology solution that can aid academic management, was introduced by Mr Akintunde Opawole, Head of Creative Marketing and Brand Communications Sidmach. According to him, SEAMS is a transformation in assessment, testing and Computer Based Training (CBT), that helps digitalize examinations that are taken manually, as well as help curb the lack of alternatives in digital examinations.
Akin went on to state that SEAMS doesn’t aim to replace teachers but enhance their performances as they can do more from the comfort of their homes and offices as some of its features include answer script capture, submission portal, real-time examination submission.
The event offered opportunities to seven winners who won three Sidmach Windows 10 Smart Slate Tablet and four branded Sidmach-Microsoft shirts through lucky dip respectively.