How Samsung tablets are innovating digital classrooms

Telecom Lead America: Samsung Electronics America has inked a partnership with Memphis City Schools to deliver an interactive learning environment.

The agreement enables the devices major to carry out a classroom pilot of Samsung’s Smart School Solution, an integrated 1:1 learning platform.

Samsung said the pilot is the first deployment of the Samsung Smart School Solution at a school in the U.S., and will serve to demonstrate the potential of the digital classroom platform that harnesses the latest Samsung technologies including the new GALAXY Note 10.1 tablet and interactive whiteboard displays.

Samsung is providing the 6th grade math class at Memphis’ Geeter Middle School with a Samsung Smart School Solution package consisting of 35 GALAXY Note 10.1 units, a 65-inch interactive whiteboard and a wireless printer.

The Smart School Solution provides teachers with the ability to lead interactive lessons and real-time group activities through its convenient screen and content sharing features. It also delivers learning management tools enabling students to access course materials and information, as well as school notices and forums, through their tablets.

“This innovative solution frees educators from the confines of standing at a chalkboard or projector and allows them to move about the classroom, conducting interactive lessons and activities through their touch screen tablet or notebook computer,” said Tod Pike, senior vice president of Samsung’s Enterprise Business Division.

“At Memphis City Schools, our students come first and we strive to provide them with a well-rounded education and all the necessary elements to thrive, both in school and in their future adult lives,” said Cleon Franklin, director of Instructional Technology, Memphis City School District.

Samsung’s Smart School Solution operates in conjunction with the GALAXY Note 10.1, Samsung’s latest Android-powered tablet device featuring the advanced S Pen technology. The S Pen provides the functionality and precision of a pen and paper on the tablet’s 10.1-inch display, opening up new opportunities for digital learning.

Students access the solution via WiFi with a single convenient log-in, while teachers can instruct the class using an interactive whiteboard display, or TV or projector wirelessly controlled by a tablet or notebook PC.

The solution has been deployed at schools in South Korea and elsewhere, with research showing improvements in class convenience, student engagement and lesson comprehension.

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