Samsung has launched a Smart School Solution at the Starehe Boys’ Centre and School in a move to promote the use of technology to enhance learning in schools.
The Samsung Smart School Solution is 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 to allow teachers to share syllabus-approved content and keep track of learners’ screens.
Speaking during the launch of the pilot project Samsung Electronics Vice President and MD, Mr. Jung Hyung Park, said, “The Samsung Smart School Solution is our vision of the classroom of the future, where students receive instruction in a manner that not only makes it easier for them to digest information, but that earns their attention and therefore raises the retention rate.”
The learning solution has 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 and 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.
In a statement Mr. Mathew Kithyaka, the Starehe Boys Centre Director said, “As a centre of excellence since our inception in 1959, Starehe Boys’ Centre and School is proud be the first to pilot this project, which we intend to use to expose our students to ICT and technology.”
The solution will provide 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. Samsung Galaxy Note 10.1 and the E-board are some of the devices used.
“We are pleased to be partnering with Samsung to bring technology to schools, an initiative that is in line with Government efforts to promote the use of learning technology,” said Cabinet Secretary, Ministry of ICT, Dr. Fred Matiang’i. “By modernizing education in collaboration with the private sector, we expect to develop well-rounded individuals by equipping them with the basic skills required to thrive in the modern world.”
Last year, Samsung launched the country’s first Solar Powered Internet School at Arap Moi Primary School in Kajiado County.