Jinzhai County is a typical mountainous county and reservoir area. Most of the schools are located in the mountains and along the reservoir area. There are 156 schools (including kindergartens) and 127 teaching sites in the county, with 85,500 students. Aiming at the outstanding shortcomings of a wide range of schools, a large number of small-scale schools, structural shortage of teachers, and difficulty in opening courses, Jinzhai County focuses on the construction of smart schools, and strives to accelerate the process of education informatization and actively promote high-quality and balanced development of education.
Stand on a high place and push forward actively. Jinzhai County regards the construction of smart schools as an important way to promote the balanced development of high-quality education, allow urban and rural children to stand on the same starting line, and completely cut off the intergenerational transmission of poverty, and strive to make up for the shortcomings of educational resources in mountainous areas. In 2018, the provincial government designated Jinzhai as a pilot county for the overall promotion of smart school construction in the province. All relevant departments attach great importance to, support, and coordinate. The Jinzhai County government seized the opportunity of the pilot, planned from a high starting point and implemented vigorously, established a smart school construction leadership group, included it in the "Ten Ones" project for poverty alleviation, and included it in the county party committee's No. 1 document to promote it with heart and soul.
Strong investment in rapid construction. The Jinzhai County Government raised funds from various sources and increased investment to ensure construction needs. From 2012 to 2017, a total of 120 million yuan was invested in the construction of educational information infrastructure, achieving three 100%s, namely: the county’s schools (teaching points) broadband access rate, class-to-class coverage rate, and the registration rate of teachers and students in cyberspace are all 100%. Since 2018, despite the substantial reduction in government investment projects year by year, the construction of smart schools has still been listed as a key government investment project, and funds have been obtained and integrated. A total of 140 million yuan has been invested, 64 recording and broadcasting classrooms have been built, and classes have been updated. There are 1,010 sets of equipment, and 551 sets of smart classroom teaching systems in 111 schools and 127 teaching points have been built.
Full coverage promotes sharing. Adhere to teaching sites first, remote schools, and villages and towns first, so as to achieve the coverage of smart schools throughout the county. Take remote teaching sites as the focus of smart school construction, integrate the original 55 online main classrooms and all teaching sites receiving classroom upgrades into smart classrooms, and increase the network bandwidth of teaching sites to more than 200 megabytes to ensure that all kinds of courses are fully offered. Children in the mountains can enjoy high-quality educational resources without leaving school, and feel the wonderful world beyond the mountains. In the past two years, we have insisted on continuous construction and orderly promotion of extended coverage. In 2020, we will overcome the impact of the epidemic and complete the construction of a smart school that was originally planned for three years, achieving the transition from "being able to attend classes" to "being able to attend quality classes".
Pay attention to application to improve quality. Persist in applying what is built to ensure practical results. Put the improvement of teachers' application ability in a prominent position, every teacher will use it and pass the test, and the application of smart classroom system will become the norm. Relying on the "three links and two platforms", using a comprehensive quality evaluation system and modern technology to record the entire process of student growth, combining qualitative and quantitative evaluation, speeding up the process of quality education, and promoting students' overall development and personality growth. Use English listening and speaking, online oral teaching system of foreign teachers to improve the oral communication skills of teachers and students.
Since the establishment of smart schools in Jinzhai County, it has introduced abundant educational and teaching resources, effectively improved the education and teaching ecology, greatly stimulated students' interest in learning, promoted the high-quality development of education and students' overall growth, and effectively promoted the integrated development of urban and rural compulsory education .