So when I got an invitation to the ribbon-cutting ceremony of Samsung's first smart classroom in the main campus of Philippine Science High School (PSHS), I did not hesitate to say yes. After all, PSHS is where you'd find some of the country's most gifted student-scientists who are well known for their skills in math, science and technology.
At the Advanced Science Technology Building, one of PSHS's main campus classrooms was renovated completely to house a fully digital and interactive learning environment filled with the latest in Samsung's technology solutions for learning. Not only did Samsung provide the hardware inside this classroom but they also provided the software platform upon which the learning tools ran.
|Plaque right outside the smart classroom|
The smart classroom was impressive! Here's a list of what was inside:
* Collaborative learning furniture - colorful upholstered stools, tables specifically outfitted with placeholders for the tablets, and tables that can be easily rearranged to suit the occasion
* Samsung tablets good for 30 students are wirelessly connected to the teacher's interactive board
|You can see here part of the tables and colored stools, Samsung tablets, as well as part of one video wall|
*Video walls that serve to mirror what is on the teacher's board (There are five 55-inch screens at the back of the classroom laid out side by side while on one side of the classroom, there are three 75-inch screens vertically mounted side by side)
|View of part of the back wall|
|Video wall with the three 75-inch screens|
as a plaque of appreciation is given to
Samsung Electronics Philippines Corp.’s president and CEO, Chung Lyong Lee
* Interactive, touch-enabled teacher screen - From this screen, the teacher can send a quiz to the students wirelessly, find out who isn't logged on yet, time the quiz, grade the tests, and produce the test results right away with the capability to do analyses like pie charts showing the percentage of students who got a particular question correctly. Lectures and slide presentations can likewise be projected from this screen.
Samsung also provided the software platform on which these all run as well as teacher training on the use of both the hardware and software.