Samsung’s Head of Public Affairs and Corporate Citizenship, Pitso Kekana, says that Samsung’s Smart Classroom technology will ensure that educators improve learner engagement and most importantly, make learning fun.
The Smart Classroom is a solution with three components: an interactive management solution, a learning management system and a student information system.
The Smart Classroom came as a surprise to the school, because it believed that its request had not been approved.
“We wrote to Samsung Smart Classroom last year and they came and looked at the school. We did not hear from them again until this year, when they surprised us. I thought they forgot about us,” says Principal Lindiwe Vilakazi.
Michael Zulu Primary School, which is based in Tsakane, Gauteng, received 31 tablets and one smartboard.
Vilakazi says: “The tablets and the smartboard work together to help the teachers monitor what the learners are doing at all times.”
The hi-tech Smart Classroom initiative has assisted 32 schools in eight provinces
The school is currently formulating a Smart Classroom timetable to accommodate learners in Grades 4-7 in every subject.
Kekana states that aside from appropriate technologies being given to the school, Samsung also wants to ensure that the teachers at Michael Zulu take ownership of the Smart Classroom and receive adequate training to optimise the use of the facilities.
The Samsung Smart Classroom initiative has helped over 3 000 schools globally, influencing over 1,4 million young minds to learn in fun and interactive environments.
The initiative was brought to South Africa in 2011 and has been able to assist 32 schools, other than Michael Zulu Primary, in eight of the nine provinces.
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