Smart Education is a concept around transformation of conventional way of pedagogy to contemporary methods using information and communication technologies. The concept has been realized as to leverage on and complement the recent initiative of Government of Pakistan on the directives of the Prime Minister of Islamic Republic of Pakistan for the award of laptop computers amongst the talented students. Accordingly, half a million (i.e. 500,000) laptop computers are being awarded amongst the students. 2-in-1 detachable laptop computers are being distributed amongst the students. These 2-in-1 detachable laptop computers will help students in their learning activities within and outside the classrooms through the Touch-screen/ Tablet feature of these devices.
Moreover, for ubiquitous computing, Higher Education Commission has taken the initiative of Smart Campuses under which blanket WiFi coverage is being provided as to complement the initiative of Smart Bags, i.e. Laptop (2-in-1 detachable) computers. Following this transformational approach, the natural next step is the introduction of Smart Classrooms at each university.
The Smart Classrooms strategy is a learning initiative that assists educators to make ICT integral to learning. The strategy is about engaging the digital generation, improving individualized learning opportunities, sparking innovation in learning, enhancing teachers’ digital pedagogy and getting the best from the ICT investments. Smart Classrooms represents a focus on re-orienting HEIs structures and business processes around individual students and their learning needs.
The ultimate objective of all these initiatives is “Transformation towards Smart Universities” leading towards “Smart Education”.