Taiwan reinvents education system with smart technology

TAIPEI, June 22, 2022 /PRNewswire/ — Amid the ongoing COVID-19 pandemic, online teaching and learning has become the norm for students and teachers around the world. Recognizing the role that technology plays in the virtual classroom, Taiwan The Industrial Development Bureau of the Ministry of Economic Affairs (BID) has worked with local businesses to use smart technology to ensure inclusive and equitable quality education for all under the Smart City Taiwan project.

Led by the IDB, “Smart City Taiwan” was designed to accelerate the development of smart learning technologies as a way to address systemic challenges related to educational inequality and divergence. Smart City Taiwan includes four projects covering three key areas: Webduino, a smart Internet of Things (IoT) platform that allows students interested in programming to start learning earlier and easier; the VoiceTube and LiveABC English teaching platforms; and NUWA Robotics for early childhood education.

“Given the major disruption to education by COVID-19 around the world, virtual learning technology is the most important application and the most effective solution for reviving education. With the support of the government, Taiwanese companies can challenge more possibilities, pursue more creative ideas, and actively build comprehensive and effective sound systems of the future,” said the representative of Smart City Taiwan Project Office.

Taiwan offers flexible and efficient learning solutions for students

Developed by Kingkit Technology Co., Ltd., web duino makes programming more accessible for the next generation of digital talent. Students can develop a simple programming system through an easy-to-understand and use drag-and-drop interface and immediately see results – cultivating a sense of accomplishment while learning about programming concepts.

With globalization connecting the world, English is an essential future skill. voice tube turns English educational videos into textbooks so students can learn using their favorite senses with audio or visuals. Additionally, the platform analyzes big data to improve learning efficiency with personalized lessons tailored to each student’s individual needs.

Meanwhile, ABC live leverages augmented reality (AR) and virtual reality (VR) to break down the boundaries of the traditional classroom and has been rolled out to multiple elementary schools across the country. LIVEABC allows students to experience different English language learning scenarios anytime, in any setting with AR. At the same time, LiveABC uses virtual reality to simulate real-life conversations, allowing students to integrate English into their daily lives in an engaging and effective way.

Taiwan also explores the use of robotics to meet social and developmental needs in early childhood education. In an industry-leading move, NUWA Robotics has created humanoid robots with multiple gamification apps that help preschoolers learn during those crucial foundation years. By combining an extensive library of educational resources with AI analysis of a child’s learning history, NUWA robots provide diverse learning experiences tailored to each child’s unique learning style, while providing a sense of camaraderie to children.

As e-learning becomes the “new normal”, the IDB will continue to work with local businesses to ensure they are prepared for the future. By using new technologies, Taiwan will continue to improve the quality, practicality and knowledge sharing capabilities in educational practices.

About Taiwan Bureau of Industrial Development, Ministry of Economic Affairs

The Industrial Development Bureau of the Ministry of Economic Affairs has been managing the Smart City Taiwan project since 2018. Smart City Taiwan aims to use all types of smart technologies (such as IoT, Big Data, and AI) to effectively integrate the local, industry and civil needs. The project accelerates collaboration and integration between cities and towns to stimulate local and national innovation. To date, Smart City Taiwan has rolled out 224 projects covering six major aspects, including agriculture, education, health, transportation, tourism, and governance.

For more information, please visit https://www.twsmartcity.org.tw/en/project

SOURCE Smart City Taiwan

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