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April 16, 2014
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Teacher gets 'Smart' Upgrade

Digicel's data expert, Altonie Thomas, points out some of the cool apps on Romel Richards' DL600 smartphone during a Data Link-up session held at the Digicel store in the Juici Beef Plaza in Mandeville, Manchester, last Saturday. Contributed

With more and more educational apps being developed, St Elizabeth school teacher, Romel Richards, is looking forward to incorporating her newly acquired smartphone as a vital tool in helping her to connect with her students.

This was her sentiment after purchasing her DL600 smartphone from the Digicel store in Juici Beef Plaza, Mandeville, on Saturday during Digicel's Data Link-Up session.

powerful tool

"Technology is advancing every day, and as a teacher, I see where the smartphone is fast becoming a powerful tool in education, and so being able to keep up with it is very important to me. I love to make my lessons interactive and use PowerPoint presentations and videos. With a smartphone, I can do all that and make learning even more fun for my students," Richards said.

As a first-time smartphone user, Richards was particularly impressed by the service she received from Digicel's in-store data experts, who assisted her in getting her smartphone set up and ready to use by the time she left the store.

Distribution director at Digicel, Patrick King, shared that while social media was a key driver for mobile data in Jamaica, persons like Richards were already capitalising on many of the other benefits that come with it. "Mobile data is becoming such an integral part of our lives. There's an app for almost everything we do, and everyone wants to stay connected at the same time. Educators like Richards are seeing the benefits of using smart devices in the classroom, and other people are already taking advantage of all that data can offer."

The Link-Up session was the fourth in the series and will continue in Digicel stores across the island.

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