[CSR] 67 Samsung Smart Schools successfully complete inaugural school year with e-Learning resources supported by Samsung and education partners
96% surveyed participating teachers report enhanced student engagement and learning-teaching experience as more than 3,500 e-learning classes were enabled by Samsung Smart School Citizenship Program
Hong Kong – July 6, 2015 – Samsung Electronics H.K. Co., Ltd. (“Samsung”) today announced the completion of Samsung Smart School Citizenship Program 2014/15, having facilitated over 3,500 e-learning classes for more than 21,700 students of 67 selected schools (34 primary, 30 secondary and 3 special schools). Launched in partnership with Hong Kong Education City (HKEdCity) and Association of I.T. Leaders in Education (AiTLE), with full support from eLearning Consortium (eLC) and Hong Kong Institute of Family Education (HKIFE), the Program supports the Government’s Fourth Strategy on IT in Education (ITE4) by creating new learning possibilities: 96% of surveyed participating teachers reported stronger student engagement and better learning-teaching experience as a result of additional e-learning tools. During the 2014/15 school year, the Program also promoted e-learning to more than 5,600 educators and parents through a series of outreach activities.
Samsung today also reaffirmed its commitment to fostering e-learning in Hong Kong by announcing the Program’s strategic direction for the 2015-16 school year, which will continue to focus on support for ITE4 and collaboration with partners to promote a better understanding and wider adoption of e-learning across local schools.
Samsung Smart School Citizenship Program in April 2015 initiated an Award Scheme to encourage Samsung Smart Schools toshare their e-learning experience with other educators and parents, particularly those belonging to “WiFi 900” schools.In only two months, more than 100 initiatives such as open classrooms, workshops and seminars were hosted by selected schools. Highly committed schools were awarded with additional e-learning tools, such as Samsung eBoard and Notebook to further enhance their classrooms’ digital resources.
One of the winners, TWGHs Wong Fung Ling College was recognized as “Most Engaging Samsung Smart School” and “Samsung Smart School Master” for their school’s strong involvement in promoting e-learning. The school reached more than 700 schools and 1,000 educators from Hong Kong and the region – the largest audience amongst Award Scheme initiatives – through a host of activities including 11 seminars.
In September 2014, 67 schools that were passionate about e-learning but limited by resources were selected for the Samsung Smart School Citizenship Program’s initial launch in Hong Kong. Altogether, they were equipped with Samsung e-Learning Sets worth over HKD10 million , which includes 2,400 tablets, other products and resources. To date, more than 3,500 e-learning classes have been conducted for a wide range of subjects, with Mathematics, Computer Studies, Science, English and Chinese most frequently adopting e-learning tools. According to a survey by Samsung, 96% of surveyed participating teachers indicated that e-learning improved student engagement (average improvement rate of 52%), while 96% of them believed that e-learning technology resulted in a better classroom experience for both students and teachers (average improvement rate of 44%).
To better equip teachers with technical skills and pedagogical best practices, training was provided to approximately 700 teachers; in addition, a platform was established for teachers to support one another and exchange ideas in e-learning. Moreover, teachers were required to complete a series of Giving Back Activities such as attending Monthly Teachers’ Sharing Sessions and submitting monthly e-learning tips. 100% of schools have completed all Giving Back Activities and are eligible to keep their Samsung e-Learning Sets in the years to come.
“Samsung believes in the power of technology and has always strived to create positive change for people everywhere, helping them live a better life full of possibilities,” said Mr. J W Choi, Managing Director, Samsung Electronics H.K. Co., Ltd. “Launched in South Korea in 2012, Samsung Smart School is a global initiative that has already benefited more than 1,000 schools in more than 90 countries. We are pleased to have empowered Hong Kong’s schools with much-needed resources, and it is extremely rewarding to see the tangible, positive impact of technology on not only students, but also teachers. We look forward to working with our partners to create new learning opportunities for more students in the coming school year.”
“Technology has always been an important element of the overall teaching and learning experience,” said Mr. Victor Cheng, Executive Director of Hong Kong Education City. “For schools to truly adopt and maximize the potential of e-learning, adequate resources and support are crucial. In this joint project with Samsung, we are delighted to equip schools with extra resources and establish the e-learning peer sharing community.”
“Many teachers are interested in using technology to enhance their lessons but lack confidence or experience to do so,” said Mr. Albert Wong,Chairman of Association of I.T. Leaders in Education. “This Program has given teachers the opportunity to learn about e-learning and try out this approach within a supportive environment. Participating schools saw an increase in not only subjects taught using e-learning tools, but also the number of teachers involved – this is a strong testament to the Program’s success in empowering teachers with the tools, skills and experience to implement e-learning. The Program has also nurtured a new generation of ‘new power’ for e-learning, leading to a great atmosphere of e-learning and enhanced effectiveness.”
For more information about the Samsung Smart School Citizenship Program, please visit: www.samsung.com/hk_en/smartschoolproject.
To view the Program video, please visit: www.samsung.com/hk_en/smartschoolproject/e-learning-videos/.
Samsung Smart School Award Scheme Winners
|1. Most Engaging Samsung Smart School||TWGHs Wong Fung Ling College|
|2. Most Social Samsung Smart School||CCC Yenching College|
|3. Most Dicersified Samsung Smart School||HKSKH Bishop Hall Secondary School|
|4. Most Techie Samsung Smart School||TWGHs Tang Shiu Kin Primary School|
|5. Most inspiring Samsung Smart School||AD & FD POHL Leung Sing Tak School|
|6. Most Involved Samsung Smart School||HKFEW Wong Cho Bau School|
|7. Samsung Smart School Advocate|| 1. HKSKH Bishop Hall Secondary School
2. TWGHs Tang Shiu Kin Primary School
|8. Samsung Smart School Master|| 1. TWGHs Wong Fung Lin College
2. Jordan Valey St. Joseph's Catholic Primary School
3. SKH Kei Oi Primary School
4. Precious Blood Primary School (Wah Fu Estate)
|9. Samsung Samrt School Rising Star|| 1. Cumberland Presbyterian Church Yao Dao Primary School
2. SSNA Lau Pun CHeung School
3. Choi Wan St. Joseph's Primary School
4. AD & FD POHL Leung Sing Tak School
5. Ho Lap Primary School (Sponsored by Sik Sik Yuen)
6. CCC Yenching College
7. CCC Ming Yin College
|10. Award of Merit|| 1. HHCKLA Buddhist Ching Kok Secondary School
2. HKFEW Wong ChoBau School
3. Tsuen Wan Public Ho Chuen Yiu Memorial Primary School
4. Christ College
5. Kwun Tong Kun Lok Government Secondary School
6. TWS St Bonaventure Catholic Primary School
7. Hong Kong Red Cross Margaret Trench School
Photo of guests (from left to right): Ms. Ellen Fu, Head of Enterprise Business, Samsung Electronics H.K. Co., Ltd.; Mr. Victor Cheng, Executive Director, Hong Kong Education City; Mr. YT Lau, Chief Curriculum Development Officer (Information Technology in Education), Education Bureau; Mr. Lawrence Chow, Chief Marketing Officer, Samsung Electronics H.K. Co., Ltd.; Mr. JW Choi, Managing Director of Samsung Electronics H.K. Co., Ltd.; Mr. Albert Wong, Chairman of Association of I.T. Leaders in Education; Ms. Jackio Kwok, Project Manager of eLearning Consortium.
Representatives from one of the winners, TWGHs Wong Fung Ling College (left and right) with Mr. YT Lau, Chief Curriculum Development Officer (Information Technology in Education), Education Bureau, was recognized as “Most Engaging Samsung Smart School” and “Samsung Smart School Master”.
 Based on survey of 54 Samsung Smart Schools, May 2015.
 Samsung e-Learning Sets comprise 22 to 40 Samsung GALAXY Note 10.1 tablets (exact number as per schools’ request), with Samsung School Solution pre-installed, and one multi-function printer.Samsung School Solution is a total education solution that shapes a more engaging, manageable and collaborative class. For more information, please visit: http://www.samsung.com/hk_en/business/solutions/mobile-solutions/education/samsung-school-v1-5.
 Based on recommended retail prices (in Hong Kong dollars).
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