Seoul middle school freshmen to receive ‘one smart device per person’ starting next year


Seoul Office of Education to Strengthen School Digital Competencies
Serial number for each device against lost/used sales
Promotion of discussion education and promotion of international joint classes

Seoul Metropolitan Office of Education Superintendent Jo Hee-yeon speaks at a press conference held at the Seoul Office of Education on the morning of the 11th. yunhap news

The Seoul Metropolitan Office of Education announced that it would increase digital competence in school education by distributing one smart device to each middle school student entering next year. On the 11th, Seoul Superintendent of Education Cho Hee-yeon held a press conference and announced that the smart device mobile learning ‘divot’ project would be carried out. The goal of the Divot project is to conduct discussions and discussion classes and self-government activities for students based on digital, targeting one smart device per person. The Seoul Office of Education announced that it plans to gradually expand to all grades starting with the first year next year, and invested 60.1 billion won this year to promote it. In particular, Divot actively accepts the reality of education that requires the use of digital as a tool, but compensates for the fact that economic disparities among students can be prominent when each uses their own device, so that the devices are unified for each school and digital educational contents are shared by all. We focus on helping you use it effectively. It is a policy to minimize the work of school members, such as researching the demand for the desired model for each school and purchasing them together. In response to concerns about students losing their smart devices or selling used devices, the Seoul Office of Education announced that it would register the serial numbers of each machine in a program managed by the school. In addition, a separate program will be installed on the device to display a message requesting a report if it is lost. In case of damage, the school district pays 80% of the cost of repair and the parents pay 20% of the repair cost through insurance. The Seoul Metropolitan Office of Education said, “In the digital world, children are also required to have a responsible attitude, so we will take responsibility for managing the equipment at a minimum cost to some extent.” On this day, Superintendent Cho also announced a plan to revitalize the culture of discussion and discussion, such as providing an average of 3 million won each to all elementary, middle, and high schools that want discussion and discussion education and helping them learn about social issues. Superintendent Cho said, “From the 2022 curriculum, there is a high possibility of going in the direction of the non-narrative-type CSAT. We will expand the ‘our village education discussion forum’ in cooperation with the village and the school,” he said. In addition, the Seoul Office of Education plans to develop a new program that combines interpretation and translation and video conference programs by the end of February next year to promote international joint discussion classes. International joint classes use this program, and 60 schools in Seoul will participate next year. The counterpart schools are 60 schools in 10 countries (USA, Australia, New Zealand, India, Malaysia, Singapore, China, Taiwan, Japan, Russia). The goal is to increase the number of participating schools to 110 by 2023, and to allow first-year students of all middle schools to participate if they wish from 2024. By Kim Ji-eun, staff reporter [email protected]

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