In a quest to promote the use of technology to enhance learning in schools, Samsung has partnered with Starehe Boy’s Centre and school to launch the Samsung smart school solution an integrated platform consisting of learning software and real-time content sharing features that provide an opportunity for interactive engagement for both teachers and students.
The technology allows teachers to share syllabus-approved content as well as keep track of a wide variety of information on the learners’ screens, while each student is able to enjoy a rich digital learning experience by accessing the same information that is being communicated by the teacher or other learners.
Besides, promoting the use of technology in the school, the solution is also aimed at increasing leaner engagement by making learning both interactive and fun. “By bringing interactive technology to the classroom we are creating a fun and exciting learning environment, which has been proven to make learners perform better in and out of class.” Said Samsung Electronics Vice President and MD, Mr. Jung Hyung Park.
The learning solution comprises of three components:
- An interactive management tool that delivers content to students and allows for the sharing of screens inside the classroom as well as allowing teachers to monitor student progress and conduct group activities, in real time
- A learning management system that provides e-textbooks and learning apps
- A student information system that enables teachers to track learners’ attendance and performance,
eKitabu, a premier eBook store in East Africa which distributes eBooks and interactive content, has donated eBooks towards the Smart School Solution.
Thanks to the wide spread use of mobile phones and computers, the learning solution fits teachers and students in urban areas and already tech-savvy. They will therefore enjoy real time access to information while reducing the need to carry multiple books and writing materials to class.
First introduced to Africa in 2012, the Smart School Solution has been credited with limiting distractions in class, enhancing learner engagement, promoting higher learning retention, as well as creating a more stimulating academic environment by combining easy-to-use devices – such as the Samsung Galaxy Note 10.1 and the E-board – with dynamic content.
Using digital instruction in classrooms has emerged as a solution to dwindling learner engagement, as traditional methods of teaching are slowly replaced by modern technology such as computers, laptops, tablets and smart electronic boards. By rolling out modernized education in collaboration with the private sector, it is expected that the initiative will develop well-rounded individuals by equipping them with basic skills required to thrive in the modern world.
The launch of the Samsung Smart School Solution comes a year after Samsung launched the country’s first Solar Powered Internet School at Arap Moi Primary School in Kajiado County, as part of a wider initiative to support Kenya’s education system by providing sustainable learning technology.