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"Blink/bmobile is proud to play a major part
of this evolution in our education system," said
George Hill, acting chief executive officer of
Telecommunications Services of T&T.
Hill was speaking at the opening ceremony
of the Second Virutal Educa Caribbean Con-
ference held at the Hyatt Regency Trinidad
hotel held from May 19-20.
Hill went on to say, "The global economy
and our country are constantly changing and
evolving and information and communication
technology (ICT) is at the heart of this change.
We cannot, therefore, continue to use the same
education models as before to equip our next
generation of leaders.
When the Government and the private sector
come together, the results are always phenom-
enal. We are creating history here today as you
witness live, the first virtual classroom imple-
mented in T&T and being broadcast to the rest
of the world," Hill said in a statement.
The virtual classroom showcased the new
educational model that will be implemented
in 20 primary and secondary schools throughout
T&T as part of a three-month pilot project of
the Ministry of Education.
Research has shown that using ICT in the
classroom improves the performance of children
at school by facilitating live, creative, interactive,
and time-saving educational techniques. It is
expected that at the end of the pilot, ICT and
virtual classrooms will be incorporated into
teaching and the existing school curriculum
The pilot-project virtual classroom uses the
most modern technology from blink/bmobile
and Samsung and will provide training for the
teachers and students on use of the equipment
and the virtual classroom applications, read
the statement. This includes the latest Galaxy
10.1 tablet, Samsung Note, stylus pens, virtual
3D interactive whiteboards, 3D high definition
IP cameras, videoconferencing equipment, fibre
optic and Wi-Fi connections.
"The virtual classroom connects teacher and
student so each can follow what the other is
doing in real-time. The teacher can simulta-
neously forward a class exercise to each student,
monitor their progress, instantly correct, tabulate
and return the results to each student using
several formats, including pie charts and bar
Education Minister Dr Tim Gopeesingh par-
ticipated in a demonstration of how the virtual
classroom will work, using a live transmission
using Blink videoconferencing of a classroom
quiz by a teacher and her students at Presen-
tation College, Chaguanas.
In his remarks, Gopeesingh said, "If we do
not incorporate ICT in education, we will be
left behind. The time has come for us as edu-
cators to recognise that we need technology in
every classroom, and in every student and
teacher s hands, because it is the pen and paper
of our time. This is where the world is moving.
If we cannot and don t do this, then we will
fail to make our schools relevant to the current
and future needs of the digital generation."
Virtual classroom pilot project
Digicel Business has launched a fleet man-
agement solution known as F6.
"Progressive, future driven and forward
thinking are just some of the ways that the
new F6 product can be described," read a
statement from Digicel.
Digicel Business has partnered with two
industry leaders, Giscad Ltd and Air Support
Ltd, to offer "this exciting innovation" to
"We see that F6 will bring real measure-
able savings to the owners of automotive
assets and peace of mind that they now have
more control. The F6 devices now give us
a new dimension to work with insurance
companies, fleet owners and rental companies
and to transform driving behaviour that we
see on today s hectic and congested roads,
said Dirk Prudent, commercial manager of
GISCAD, in the statement.
Dirk Barnes, chief executive officer of Air
Support Ltd, said, "The T&T Air Support
Company offers the first complete GPS track-
ing and recovery service, combining our GPS
cloud data platform and our ground recovery
unit supported by our Air Wing, so having
a dependable GPS tracking system is para-
mount to our success.
"The F6 vision service not only met our
tracking expectations, but now provides a
new dimension of influencing driving behav-
iour, which we hope will promote safe driving
practices and reduce injury to our clients
and the public."
The statement said this new technology
will allow the measurement of movement in
a vehicle up to six degrees, which will facil-
itate two things that no other solution on
the market can provide.
The first is being able to report on nine
dangerous driving exceptions, namely: harsh
braking, harsh acceleration, high speed cor-
nering, aggressive lane change, barrier avoid-
ance, vehicle skidding, abrupt turning, vehicle
spinning and speeding.
In addition, alerts and provisions an instant
automated crash report in the event a crash
occurs can now be accomplished.
"F6 is set to bring immense benefits to
the automotive world both on a professional
and personal level," read the statement.
Sales representative Michelle O Connor
said, "By embracing the F6 service, insurance
companies and fleet providers have the
opportunity to create new products and serv-
ices for their clients, which will enable them
to generate a long-term strategic advantage
over their competitors. Road safety organ-
isations will also benefit as the service has
the potential to reduce the number of people
killed and injured on the roads annually."
For further information, contact: T&T Air
Support Company Ltd at info@T&Tairsup-
port.com/289 0183 or Giscad Ltd at
firstname.lastname@example.org, or at 290-3774/5.
Digicel launches fleet management solution
Members of Giscard Operations and Digicel Business at the Digicel's Executive Business Centre
located at the Experience Store, 11C Maraval Road, St Clair.
From left, Giscard Operations consultant Gobin Ramdahin, Digicel group products manager Niall
Clyne, Digicel sales director Aidan Hoey, Giscard commercial manager Dirk Prudent, F6 group
sales manager Paul Boyden, and head of Business Solution Department Garrett Quinn.
These students cannot contain their excitement
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