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Smart TechnoCart wins Social Contribution Award in London

By Ashley Lucas - on 16 Dec 2016, 10:46am

Smart TechnoCart wins Social Contribution Award in London

Receiving the award on behalf of Smart are PLDT Global’s Hoyle Raul Disuanco and Joanna Uson (center). Flanking them are Total Telecom's Managing Director, Rob Chambers, and Journalist, Mariella Frostrup.

Smart TechnoCart, a mobile digital laboratory donated to public schools to help develop literacy among kindergarten students, took home the Social Contribution Award at the World Communication Awards (WCA) ceremony that was held recently in London.

WCA recognizes outstanding performance by carriers, multimedia content providers, vendors, and other communication service providers all over the world. It is organized annually by London-based industy publication, Total Telecom.

The Smart TechnoCart program, which was launched in June 2015, outperformed shortlisted entries from Orange, Telin, and Turk Telkom, and was even commended by judges for “extending literacy in an engaging fashion.”

The TechnoCart, developed by Smart Communications, is a 2ft x 2ft cart containing 20 student tablets and a laptop, projector, and mobile Wi-Fi for the teacher. The tablets are preloaded with the Batibot mobile application, the first educational app for kids in Filipino, which is aligned with the kindergarten curriculum of the Department of Education.

“The Smart TechnoCart introduces public school kindergarten classes to the learning benefits offered by tablets and relevant digital content. It is part of the Smart Communities program – the company’s suite of initiatives to use technology for the development of various sectors of society,” said Smart Public Affairs' Senior Manager, Stephanie Orlino.

Through the Batibot app, kids learn how to write letters correctly by tracing. The app also features children’s stories that highlight values, songs that kids can sing along to, and games teaching students how to spot the different object among a group of items, as well as how to match and sort objects consecutively.

The Smart TechnoCart can reach up to 20 kindergarten classes or 250 students per day. Smart has already distributed TechnoCarts to 30 public schools from as far as Pangasinan in the North and Tawi-Tawi in the South. Seventeen of these units were donated by Smart, while the rest were sponsored by its employees, other individuals, and organizations wanting to help spread the benefits of digital learning to more public schools.

“Since we launched the TechnoCart program last year, we have received a lot of positive feedback from teachers. They say their students’ skills have significantly improved, and that they have become more eager to learn,” Orlino added.

Orlino is inviting prospective sponsors to get more TechnoCarts rolling. For more information, email TechnoCart@smart.com.ph or visit learnsmart.ph.