Last week I had the pleasure of heading to Oxford to attend an event run by Samsung to celebrate their Digital Classrooms project.
As part of this 3-year project, Samsung gave participating schools a suite of Samsung technology, including tablets, chromebooks and digital cameras. They also provided teacher training, connectivity and maintenance support. 15 schools are currently involved in the UK, and over 2400 globally.
The schools presenting on the day were just about to reach the end of the project, and were sharing their successes (and challenges) learned over the three years. Many of these schools are in deprived and challenging parts of the UK.
The schools involved included
- Springwell Park, Liverpool
- Oasis Academy Pinewood, Collier Row, Essex.
- IPACA, Portland, Hampshire.
- Baden Powell, Cardiff.
- Bede Primary, Gateshead
- Plymouth Grove, Manchester.
There was plenty of excellent examples of how the additional technology had transformed the education in the schools involved. We saw some great examples of how some schools were using Virtual Reality and 360 videos – either through Google Cardboard devices, or VR headsets, for immersive field trips and developing language skills.
The Isle of Portland Aldridge Community Academy (IPACA) used their Digital Classroom resources to underpin a larger initiative to incorporate the wider community into their Digital Families project to promote digital literacy at home. You can learn more about this at digitallyfamily.com.
If you’re interested in seeing what the schools have been doing, there’s some great videos on Samsung UK’s YouTube channel.
Samsung have also made available guides and teachers resources, you can download them here. This includes lesson themes and app suggestions for your own classroom. For example, here’s their science guide.
They’ve also gathered useful tips from teachers and experts and put together a Getting Started guide for teachers/headteachers and ICT leads who want to create a Digital Classroom in their own schools. View it here.
Thanks to Samsung and EdComs for inviting me along to share in the celebration. You can read more about the Digital Classrooms project here.