Drew Hendry MP Opens New Samsung Digital Classroom in Inverness

Nov 16. 2015

The new Classroom will provide pupils at Merkinch Primary School with core digital skills

Drew Hendry MP for Inverness, Naim, Badenoch and Strathspey officially opened the new Samsung Digital Classroom today at Merkinch Primary School which will provide students at the school, crucial digital learning opportunities.

Samsung has equipped the new Digital Classroom with tablets, Chromebooks, laptops and an interactive whiteboard as well as providing key training for teachers and ongoing technical support. The resources will improve students’ digital literacy and help children become confident with technology, benefitting them in their current studies and future careers.

New Samsung digital classroom at Merkinch Primary School

At the opening, Drew Hendry MP met young students from Year P5 and P6 who gave him a tour of the new Classroom. The MP was impressed by their technological know-how as he participated in an interactive game that the young students had created for his visit.

Highland Council recommended Merkinch Primary school as the perfect location for the new Samsung Digital Classroom, as the school supports a high percentage of students with Special Educational Needs and additional support needs. The school is also recognised for its innovative work on learning through technology and its nurturing environment.

Recognising the growing demand for digital and STEM skills in Scotland, the opening follows the success of First Minister Nicola Sturgeon’s visit to the Samsung Digital Classroom at The Prince’s Trust Wolfson Centre in Glasgow in September. The centre acts as a lifeline for young people who are now able to access technology and acquire skills such as app building, graphic design and 3D printing.

Results from the wider Samsung Digital Classroom programme, which runs throughout the UK, show that bringing technology into the classroom improves students’ confidence, enhances their engagement and increases pupil collabouration.

Drew Hendry, MP said: “I am delighted to open the Samsung Digital Classroom at Merkinch Primary School today. It is so important that all of Scotland’s young people have access to a digital education to allow them to reach their full potential in their core STEM subjects, but also in future employment. This is one of many exciting digital learning projects already underway in Highland schools. Indeed, earlier this week I raised an Early Day Motion in parliament welcoming the Highland Councils continued commitment to promoting ICT in Learning. Here in Scotland, we are committed to improving digital literacy and programmes like this are helping us to achieve this goal.”

Jillian Kean, Head Teacher at Merkinch Primary School said: “We are delighted to have the Samsung Digital Classroom at Merkinch Primary School. As we progress through the year we are excited to see what impact the new technology will have on own young people's attainment. They really enjoy engaging with the tablets and resources and have been using apps across all curricular areas.”

Andy Griffiths, President of Samsung Electronics UK & Ireland, said: “We are so pleased to open the Samsung Digital Classroom in Merkinch Primary School in Inverness today. It is our vision to close the digital skills gap in the UK and to give all young people access to the resources and teaching they need to thrive in today’s digital world. Merkinch Primary School offers a fantastic environment to foster digital creativity and we look forward to seeing the enjoyment the pupils get from engaging with technology.

About Samsung’s Citizenship Programmes

Samsung is committed to help close the digital divide and skills gap in the UK. Samsung Digital Classrooms in schools, charities/non-profit organisations and cultural partners provide access to the latest technology. Samsung is also providing the training and maintenance support necessary to help make the transition and integration of the new technology as smooth as possible.  Samsung is also offering qualifications and training in technology for young people and teachers through its Digital Academies in London and Birmingham. These initiatives will inspire young people, staff and teachers to learn and teach in creative ways and to help encourage young people into careers using technology.

Samsung has officially committed to providing young people in Europe with access to smart technologies, skills and training and has worked with techUK to identify recommendations for how the UK can make the most of the estimated 134000 new jobs that are created in the tech sector alone per year with one initiative being the Digital Classroom programme.

Find out more: www.samsung.com/uk/citizenship