III Smart School Alliance Awarded 2017 Finland Education Innovation Global 100 for Innovative Digital Education Projects
III Smart School Alliance was awarded 2017 Finland Education Innovation Global 100. The ceremony was held at night on the 4th October. III Digital Education Institute Vice Director Tsai, I-Chang (the second from the left ) led the team to Finland to receive the award.
In order to celebrate the centennial anniversary, Finland, one of the major countries in northern Europe, specifically arranged a series of celebration events. Since March, the committee of hundrED had started to recruit various innovative proposals for its different competitions including Global Architecture 100, Global Education Innovation 100, etc. After six month rigorous selection, Smart School Alliance, the proposal of III, successfully stood out in the process of evaluation and interview from about 1000 initiatives of 60 countries globally. At the night on 4th October (TSD), the committee of hundrED grandly announced that Smart School Alliance became one of the Global 100 in the education field and was listed among one of the new paradigms for innovative teaching.
HundrED, the NGO that organized the selection, pointed out that Smart School Alliance presented by III has the real benefit of facilitating intelligent education and digital transformation. Also, starting especially from the core principle of equally distributing minority education resources, Smart School Alliance is able to make children in remote areas cherish their unique strengths and increase the confidence among students for continuous study by cultural exchange courses. Since Smart School Alliance not only inspires organizers to be open-minded and innovative but also hastens the formation of the new industry such as live educational broadcasting and so on, all these multi-dimensional characteristics of Smart School Alliance lead to the final success among this fierce global competition.
III Digital Education Institute Vice Director Tsai, I-Chang, the promoter of Smart School Alliance, gave a heartfelt speech on the announcement ceremony, " We use ICT technologies to link cities and countries. For this reason, Taiwan would not be absent in the global village and is able to link all human beings to create practical value and humane warmth." The team of Smart School Alliance printed a magazine called The Edu, in which the new education model brought about by Smart School Alliance in Taiwan is introduced in details. By this event, members of the team also have the chance to face to face exchange ideas with workers and teams in the educational field around the world.
In fact, supported by Industrial Development Bureau, Ministry of Economic Affairs, III Smart School Alliance has attracted more than 700 schools and 20,000 students and teachers to participate in the project. The project facilitated the cultivation of education YouTubers and by mixing online and offline teaching, this model was able to help more than 10,000 students increase their average score by 12 points and save students living on offshore islands more than 12 million minutes for commuting. Smart School Alliance further integrates more than 70 cloud service platforms, learning institutions, teaching aid firms, content providers, learning hardware developers, teacher cultivation organizations, and certification bodies to form strategic partners for innovative education. By continuous validation and new product invention, they are determined to drive the development of digital learning industry in Taiwan.
Finland, the hosting country of the event, which is also worldly acclaimed for its education system that emphasizes the spirits of openness, sharing and mutual benefits. Accordingly, it is extremely meaningful for Smart School Alliance to be bestowed an important award from Finland in the field of education innovation in a global perspective. Looking into the future, III expects to make the world notice the brand new education model in Taiwan as well as place Taiwan among the list of the countries induces well known internationally for education innovation so as to increase the benefits of global marketing, communication, and cooperation.