Cloud Smart Classroom’, an E-learning class room program was inaugurated at the Sri Jayewardenepura Kotte Maha Vidyalaya in Pita Kotte, Sri Lanka. Seventeen students in a Year 7 classroom at the boy’s school in Kotte will participate in the pilot project. Lessons are conducted in the English medium and the students will use tablet computers instead of textbooks for interactive learning. The individual tabs will mirror lessons from a large screen computer that replaces the blackboard as a teaching guide. The Ministry of Education hopes to expand the internet-based learning methodcountry-wide.
School Principal D.A.G. Wanaguru said the project would create a revolution in the classroom.The Deputy Foreign Minister said that education providers needed to look beyond the supply of desks and chairs and try to think futuristically. “The students of today leave school in 2034, so that is how far forward we have to look,” he explained during the launch. They went on to state that the reason behind launching this program at the Sri Jayewardenepura Kotte Maha Vidyalaya was because the famous Selalihini Sandeshaya by Thotagama Rahula thero was written on the premises. Thus making it the perfect location to look towards the future.