Using Technology to Improve Education for Cambodian Children

In conjunction with World Education and the Cambodian Ministry of Education, Youth, and Sport (MoEYS), World’s Education Technology for Education Systems Transformation project (TEST) has made a mobile application that helps school-going children with their reading assessments through the use of mobile tablet computers.

Using technology to link education with teachers and students has come at a critical time where most Cambodian schools do not have sufficient amount of teachers to balance out the increasing school-age population. Currently, the estimated student-teacher ratio in most schools is 46 to one, and in several provinces, there are more than 62 students being taught by just one educator.

The new app allows teachers to swiftly determine the flow of their classroom’s learning. After which, the assessments will be adapted individually and accordingly to the learning needs of each student.

To advocate for better literary amongst students in Grades 1 and 2, the Continuous Assessment System (CAS) was developed under the Total Reading Approach for Children (TRAC) project. However, as the project depended on physical pen and paper quizzes, the execution was inconvenient, as it required teachers a lot of time to appraise their students’ tests. Additionally, educators were more likely to make mistakes on scoring. This also heightened the probability of prejudice in appraisals and data collection.

Therefore, the implementation of this mobile app greatly helps to minimize these errors and bias. Furthermore, evaluations can now be automatically recorded. This in turn requires less effort in regulating assessments at routine intervals to pick out students who are falling behind and provide them with the appropriate support.

The app will identify reading exercises as well as extra coaching lessons via a TRAC literary educator. It can also gather and compile figures on learning trends that can be passed down to the Ministry of Education to determine future curriculums.

Currently, an estimated amount of 2050 students and 57 teachers are making use of this innovative app in 7 different schools over 3 Cambodian provinces, with the intention of becoming more widespread in the future.