Student enrollment in the municipal school system will become easier. This is promised by the project prepared by the city administration, which announced the implementation of a system that promises computerization of the entire administrative process of the Municipal Department of Education (Smed).
The announcement was made by Mayor Bruno Reis (União Brasil), this Monday (19), during a symbolic ceremony that began the delivery of 106,000 tablets and 7,500 Chromebooks at the Espaço Cultural Boca de Brasa, in Subúrbio. 360, in Coutos.
The new system will be integrated into the entire network, will control the school’s performance, records, history and student registration, and will also serve as a reference to define how the distribution of free places will be carried out by georeferencing. “All teachers, coordinators, managers, directors, the secretariat and the town hall in general will be able to monitor the numbers, the effect and the costs of this whole learning process in our schools”, explained the secretary of the portfolio, Marcelo Oliveira, in detail.
Through computerization, it will be possible to develop the digital literacy of children from 2nd to 5th grade, through the control panel. “Thus, assignments are no longer that boring subject, they become something fun and easy to learn. All under the constant supervision of the teacher,” explains the owner of the folder.
Student Grazielle Machado, 11, is all excited. He is in the 5th grade at the Escola Municipal Darcy Ribeiro Elementary School, in the Nova Brasília de Valéria district, in Salvador, and now he will be with one of the 106,000 pills that will be delivered to all students from 1st to 9th grade. to be able to expand knowledge in mathematics, his favorite subject. “We can learn and communicate much more than what we do in school,” he says.
In addition to students from more than 420 schools in the municipal network, teachers will also be included – these, with 7,500 Chromebooks, which are laptops running Google’s Chrome OS operating system. Predictions of the initiative, which is an integral part of the Digital Education program, is that all the material will be delivered by the beginning of November.
Previously, 1,020 computers were already distributed among teaching units. However, according to the owner of Smed, this is only the first step. “We have a whole digital education project, with platforms for teaching, learning, monitoring and evaluation whose main purpose is to improve student performance, but mainly to improve the lives of teachers, coordinators and managers,” he said.
Then follows the implementation of the educational integration system, which will computerize the entire administrative process of Smed.
With the same joy as the young Grazielle, Bruno praised the importance of the moment for the education of the municipality. “Today [ontem], without a doubt, the happiest day of my public life. I will never forget this morning,” he celebrated during the event, together with Marcelo Oliveira. “When we start to include our children in this digital world, we will make a real revolution in our city and especially in our education,” He said.
The mayor pointed out that this is a ‘product of education’, noting that his mother was a teacher, and his maternal grandmother, who raised him, was a retired teacher. They didn’t have a computer at home. I know the importance of this kind of equipment that we will distribute to teachers, who will be able to enable even better work, especially for these children, he said.
The investment in the purchase of equipment amounted to about R$ 90 million, and it will provide access to interactive content, such as games and videos, which are exclusively educational. The intention of the program is to improve learning and strengthen comprehensive education with the help of technology, rationalizing the process of correcting external grades and the administrative and pedagogical side.
The first tablets were handed out during a symbolic ceremony (Photo: Betto Jr./Secom)
Wi-Fi network extension
The mayor also promised to extend free Wi-Fi to the entire school network and all city hall equipment, including plazas and parks in Salvador. “This tablet here has a chip with a data package. We put Wi-Fi in the school. [os alunos] will access via Wi-Fi network. When they go home, taking the tablet, they will have a data package. But if it’s a square, in front of your house, there will be Wi-Fi,” he said.
Also according to Bruno, the so-called infovias contain 800 kilometers of cables that are gradually being installed and have already reached 50 public places. “Now, on the 30th, we will reach 200 square meters with Wi-Fi in our city, and by the end of the year we will reach 1,000 square meters, all connected with free Internet access,” he guaranteed.
Equally as enabling access to digital education, it is important to offer training, first of all, to the 4,300 teachers who will be responsible for the digital literacy of students from the 2nd to the 5th year. Marcelo Oliveira defined the task as a ‘critical mission’, but one that is already being implemented in practice. “We have already started part of the teacher training, digital literacy and virtual learning environment. We already have formative assessment, which is another project, test automation, with autocorrect, and curriculum [já está] reviewed by experts of the municipal educational network.”
According to Marcelo, the proposal is to make the systems of the new program easy to use, so that all these educators will be trained by next year. “We have created a technological framework that will not require prior knowledge. The idea is also to bring our teachers, pedagogical coordinators, school administrators into this new world of technology, surely improving the performance of our students in terms of learning,” he explained.
Teacher Elisângela Araújo, 50, works in the Subúrbio II regional education authority and positively evaluated the arrival of the novelty. “We see this digital education as a great advance for El Salvador’s education. We are already familiar with computing in some way, even because of the pandemic, we had to learn through digital media, and the children are very happy that these digital media will be in school”, he revealed optimistically.
Progress in IDEB
According to the Basic Education Development Index (Ideb) 2021, published on Friday (16), Salvador had a score of 5.4 in the assessment of primary school I, three tenths above the target set for this range. It was second among the capitals of the Northeast, behind Teresina (6.3) and Fortaleza (5.8). With a grade of 4.7, the target for Elementary School II, which was 4.5, was exceeded.
With the new program, the mayor intends to improve the indices. “He has a whole strategy to revolutionize education in El Salvador. In the last Idebo, we were among the three above-average capital cities in Brazil [tanto no ensino fundamental I como no II]. I am sure that with this program, which is digital education, we will compete with other capitals for the best education in the country”, he assured.
The Bruno Reis administration has already opened 13 new schools, and the mayor said there will be a total of 36, including those in the design and construction phase. “When we add 270 schools to the reforms, we will retrain 75% of our entire network. And we will retrain 100% of our network,” he promised.