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Microsoft, Sidmach empower schools with teaching aids



Microsoft Nigeria, in collaboration with Sidmach Technologies, has held an event tagged ‘Digital Transformation in Education’ to empower schools in Nigeria on world-class technological innovations that can aid effective management.
The event, held at Radisson Blu, Ikeja Lagos, offered proprietors, principals, head teachers, IT directors and other high-level school administrators, first hand encounter with Microsoft’s Imagine Academy, Sidmach’s Smart School solution and SEAMs.
Educations Programme Manager, Microsoft Nigeria, Ms. Jordan Belmonte, said Microsoft’s  ‘Imagine Academy’ – an IT package with over 700 courses including data and computer science, IT infrastructure to enhance productivity in schools, will aid learning and prepare schools for a digital literacy curriculum.While explaining how technology can be utilized, Jordan said: “It is good that we have technology out there, but it is important that we put the individuals through on how to use it.”
Also, the Educations Strategic Business Unit Manager Sidmach, Mr. Ohwofasa Imoh, explained that ‘Smart School’ – an online portal aids competitive thinking, cloud computing and organization of information. He stated that schools can get free trials of the software based on their interests, while webinars will be available for interested schools to break the barrier of distance.

Ohwofasa revealed that the solution would encourage real-time interaction between and among teachers, parents, students and other stakeholders of the school to monitor the administrative activities.

Also, the Head Creative Marketing and Brand Communications Sidmach, Mr. Akintunde Opawole, explained that Simple Electronic Assessment and Marking System (SEAMS) is another technology solution that can aid academic management.

According to him, SEAMS is a transformation in assessment, testing and Computer Based Training (CBT), that helps digitalize examinations that are taken manually, as well as help curb the lack of alternatives in digital examinations.Opawole stated that SEAMS doesn’t aim to replace teachers but enhance their performances as they can do more from the comfort of their homes and offices as some of its features include answer script capture, submission portal, real-time examination submission.

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