Tuesday January 27, 2015
EdComs has been working with Samsung to pilot ‘Digital Classrooms’ in primary schools in the UK. This pilot forms part of Samsung’s corporate citizenship programme which aims to address the growing issues of digital divide and skills gap in the UK.
Last academic year, EdComs recruited six UK primary schools, located in areas of deprivation, with a passion for technology. They were each provided with a Samsung Digital Classroom package consisting of 30 Samsung Galaxy Note 10.1 Tablets, an E-Board with touch overlay, a teacher’s laptop, 5 digital cameras, a wireless colour printer and a charging cabinet for the tablets. The schools were also provided with training and access to support for the duration of the programme.
In order to evaluate the impact of the programme, EdComs developed a research evaluation framework which has enabled us to monitor progress and link our findings with current thinking in teaching, learning and ICT. We found that the Samsung Digital Classroom has enabled new teaching and learning styles to become embedded, which has led to a noticeable positive change in pupil’s attitudes to learning. Pupils are more engaged and more confident in their approach to learning.
At the end of last year’s pilot we created a series of case study films around best practice linked to the use of the Samsung Digital Classroom in each of the six schools involved. You can take a look at the Samsung Digital Classroom in action below.
EdComs is currently working with Samsung on the next evolution of the programme for the 2014/15 academic year. The initial pilot was so well received by the schools involved that all six signed up for another year and for 2014/15 we have recruited a further four schools onto the project, with each receiving an enhanced Samsung Digital Classroom package which now also includes a set of 10 Chromebooks (the existing schools have also received a set of additional Chromebooks for 2014/15). All 10 schools are being encouraged to take part in Apps for Good and Code Club activities, both organisations of which Samsung is a key a supporter.
Following the introduction of coding into the primary computing curriculum in September 2014 and the increasing body of research highlighting the digital skills gap that exists in the UK, we are delighted to be involved in a project which actively supports digital learning. We will continue to evaluate the impact of the Samsung Digital Classroom on teaching and learning and look forward to sharing our learnings with you.