Smart School, Samsung’s educational environments today
Learning through technology implies changes to the traditional educational model
Panama, – April 7, 2016. If we look at a picture of a classroom from a century ago and compare it to the average classroom nowadays, we’ll see that not much has changed. Maybe the blackboard has been updated, or we’ve switched from chalk to markers. But the arrangement of tables and chairs, and the setting and relationships between teachers and students or among students have all remained relatively unchanged. Additionally, it’s natural that teachers teach the way they themselves have learnt – with the blackboard.
Technological advances and modern progress are driving the world forward extremely quickly. The world demands immediacy and requires people to be willing to face changes and challenges with the right attitude, and to be prepared to solve problems beyond their specific knowledge as well.
Different knowledge areas such as medicine, architecture, or art have been permeated by technology and have changed drastically as a result. However, advancements are barely visible in education – the main engine for development. Today, technology’s reach is truly breathtaking. It took 75 years for the telephone to reach 50 million users, but it only took Facebook 2 years.
At present, we are educating children who will have to face significant changes and challenges in their jobs that don’t yet exist, where they will employ technologies that haven’t been invented, and solve problems still unknown.
Therefore, we need to start thinking about the classroom of the future now. This implies the need to teach students to learn, as creativity will be one of the most appreciated skills by companies and many future changes will be directed or accompanied by technology.
In response to these needs, Samsung created the Smart School programme, the first digital research classroom in Latin America for the incorporation of tablets into the educational environment.
“Among the most desirable changes of the future classroom, it should be a space that transcends the four walls we all normally experience. In this sense, technology plays a fundamental role, as it allows us to take knowledge to unimaginable places such as the middle of the country or settlements deep in the jungle”, points out César Muñoz, Corporate Citizenship Manager for Samsung Electronics Colombia.
Educational processes can be radically improved through the use of mobile technologies. Moreover, they can generate new areas for change and learning opportunities, and multiply and amplify effects at the family, school, and communal levels.
Smart School: more than just technological tools
Samsung Smart School offers technology-equipped learning environments where research is conducted jointly with universities on tablet incorporation to improve public education. The aim is to document the impact of the inclusion and correct incorporation of mobile devices in the classroom and in teaching-learning processes, as well as to generate replicable models that benefit all children in Colombia.
“Our effort is targeted at designing programs grounded on the actual context of public education in Colombia and contributing to it”, says César Muñoz.
In general, through technology, teachers face better conditions to deal with different styles of learning, involve students – whether inside or outside the classroom – and encourage greater participation and collaboration among students. It is important to highlight the changes observed in the dynamics of learning upon the incorporation of technology:
Changes to methodology practices in the classroom of the future:
Roles and dynamics
· It is necessary to modify the roles played by teachers, students, and parents. It is important that children and adults enjoy the learning process and are all on the same team when it comes to learning. Children become teachers and teachers become apprentices
· Technological devices used pedagogically have changed the dynamics of the traditional classroom. Formal, simultaneous, and homogeneous training are not compatible with the new structure, which requires teachers to develop a much more flexible methodology, with more individual attention paid to students.
· The classroom of the future adopts and incorporates the motivations of children (games, curiosity, and research) into the learning process to transform it into a fun challenge.
· With the aid of technological learning tools, children have access to any world they wish: games, curiosities, and flashy objects; opening doors to the unknown; becoming fascinated with knowledge; making room for the autonomous development of interests, and mobilise creativity and the capacity for reinventing.
Encourages collaborative learning
· In both the present and future, teamwork is essential. Solely with the presence of technology, the Classroom of the Future invites collaboration and interaction. When a child finds a game he likes, the first thing he does is share it with his friends, teach them to use it, and invite them to play, among others.
· The classroom of the future must not be limited to one group of people. It must be a facility where everybody can have access to education and the tools they need to contribute to social change, where all actors are involved in a comprehensive learning process.
Respects the rhythms of individual learning
· Tablets are useful tools for processing audio-visual information, as you’re able to play a video as many times as is required for the student to understand.
Enables exploration without the fear of making mistakes
· The exploration of lines, drawings, and writing is very attractive for children because it gives them the possibility of learning through playing, erasing, and making mistakes without restrictions until they reach their goals. So, aspects such as recognition of shapes, colours, dimension, proportions, writing, etc. all help to eliminate frustration.
· Learning does not only occur inside the classroom infrastructure – it can happen anywhere. Learning can extend beyond the classroom, becoming more mobile and constant.
Smart Schools in Panama
In our country, Smart School classrooms are operating in six schools with around 2,500 students learning through technology under the supervision of 154 teachers, and, in the last months, 85% of classes taught in these spaces have been held within the regular school curricula.
The schools using the Smart School system in Panama are Centro Escolar Básico General Juan E. Jiménez, CE República de Corea, Centro de Atención Educativa En Busca de un Mañana, Escuela Primer Ciclo Panamá, and Movimiento Nueva Generación. Moreover, Panamá has the only Smart School fully devoted to the arts within the Olga Sinclair Foundation.
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