The last two years have brought dramatic transitions for K-12 teachers, students and administrators, who are in the midst of shifting from remote learning to hybrid and fully in-person classes. If there’s a silver lining, though, it’s the rapid adoption of new digital education technology, which can now enable a more connected classroom.
As K-12 schools move forward, students are benefiting from the new possibilities of digital learning and their growing familiarity with the technology — both advantages that will serve them well in the future.
A positive perspective on the next normal
Traditional classroom learning with paper-based materials has sufficed for many generations of students, but the pandemic has highlighted society’s wider shift toward digital solutions. Today’s students are growing up in a digital environment and need to be comfortable using this technology in the workplace. During the pandemic, 87 percent of schools and districts have issued personal computing devices to students. With the vast majority of students now holding a tablet or Chromebook, teachers are able to introduce them to digital learning tools and foster collaboration starting in early elementary school. With the right technology, teacher training and lesson plans, digital learning can be both flexible and effective — whether it’s done remotely or in the classroom.
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Modern videoconferencing and collaboration software makes it easier for students to work together on group projects and homework, as well as ask questions and make presentations. In the classroom, a combination of student devices and interactive displays can facilitate group work and help students become familiar with technologies they’re likely to use in the future. Student devices can connect to large interactive displays, allowing them to share presentations with audio and video elements. Teachers can deliver content to students’ devices simultaneously, creating a fluid transition between group discussion and individual work. Ultimately, the new classroom must seamlessly integrate technology with live interaction to enrich the learning experience.
How Samsung can help
Enhancing digital learning has been a focus for Samsung for the past decade. We’ve helped thousands of schools integrate new technology and achieve a 1:1 device ratio with Chromebooks and Galaxy tablets. We’ve seen how putting technology in the right hands can boost engagement, inspire active participation and improve learning outcomes.
The role of technology in students’ lives has continued to change in the last two years. Even those districts that had proactively adopted 1:1 computing still primarily used face-to-face instruction, with technology playing only a supporting role. That model has since flipped; these devices have become essential conduits of education.
Today’s K-12 students comprise a generation of digital natives. Students need technology that makes them feel empowered and excited to learn. We see that engagement with mobile devices like our new Galaxy Chromebook, Chromebook Plus LTE, Galaxy Tab S5e and Tab S6 Lite, which give students the ability to multitask effectively, to interact naturally with vivid, responsive touchscreens and to use the S Pen to get creative. These devices bring a digital curriculum to life.
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For group work, we offer 4K digital whiteboards with incredible collaborative capabilities, including tracking 20 concurrent touchpoints. Students can write on the interactive display with a stylus that feels just like pen on paper, or capture, crop and edit images right on the screen.
At the same time, schools’ IT leaders need technology that is reliable, easy to manage remotely and secure for learning. Thanks to the Chrome admin console, Chromebooks and Galaxy tablets — paired with our Knox device management and security capabilities — meet those needs and are a proven platform for scaling up to 1:1.
Every student should have the opportunity to learn in a connected, digital environment. At Samsung, we’ve got the technology, the ecosystem and the expertise to help. In partnership with a host of digital curriculum partners and education-focused integrators, we’re making sure students continue to learn effectively, every day.
As you decide on digital learning solutions for your K-12 schools, discover how Samsung’s breadth of innovative education technology offers unmatched flexibility. And find new ways to teach modern students with modern tools in our free pack of 17 innovative lesson ideas for remote learning.