Anyone entering the workforce today must have at the very least a basic knowledge of technology and how to navigate a digital world. Depending on the industry or type of job, the level of knowledge required differs. Digital learning thrusts students into a world of improved educational opportunities, exposing them to a wealth of information at the click of a button. Digital learning allows for more dynamic content as well as higher engagement levels.
Another advantage of digital learning is the move towards a paperless space, whether the high cost of printing textbooks will fall away, allowing all information required for learners to be digitally produced. In addition to the textbook content, learners can also access supplementary information via the internet. The right tool for the job is essential to enhance the digital education drive, giving learners the very best chance of upping their skills in the classroom and into the future.
Samsung Electronics South Africa has addressed the challenge of finding the right technology to support children’s education with the School in a Box (SIB) solution, which is an educational tool built around a Samsung tablet that packages all the hardware needed to support learning in a single, comprehensive kit for students and schools.
Mike van Lier, Director of Consumer Electronics, Samsung South Africa, says, “To ensure that education in South Africa embraces the future and to give our youth the best opportunity to enter the workplace with confidence, we’ve created a solution that integrates all the tools they’ll need to get the most out of digital learning programmes.”
The SIB components were selected after evaluation of schools’ needs, learner preferences and the most effective tools uncovered during Samsung South Africa’s previous collaborations with schools across South Africa and Africa. Samsung has been bridging the digital divide in Africa for several years, through its support of individual schools and learning initiatives, as well as through the launch of innovative digital learning solutions such as the highly successful Samsung Solar Powered Internet Schools.
There are three different SIB packages available: Essential: A Samsung Galaxy Tablet 3 Lite (T116), a Bluetooth Universal Keyboard Cover, 16GB mSD card, in-ear earphones, screen protector and a tablet carry case; Classic: A Samsung Tab E (T561), bluetooth keyboard case, Samsung 16GB mSD card, in-ear headphones, screen protector and tablet carry case; Advanced: with a Samsung Tab A (P555), bluetooth keyboard case, Samsung 16GB mSD card, in-ear headphones, screen protector, and tablet carry case. The SIB is backed by a one-year Tech Insurance Policy, which delivers 12 months accidental damage insurance and one free screen replacement for the tablet device. All are available through online retailers Loot, Telkom,Nexus Hub, Pc Link Computers, Young Tech Solutions, Geewiz and Buyanything. van schaiks book store.
“Ideally, schools that are eager to implement digital tools to support learning, shouldn’t have to worry about the tools required – their role should be limited to teacher professional development, creating an enabling environment in the classroom, through the installation of Wi-Fi infrastructure, servers and smart boards. Digital learning strategies would be best supported if students use standardised education technology in the class.
“As technology becomes even more integrated into everyday life and learning, Samsung will continue to create innovative, robust and relevant tools to enhance digital education,” concludes van Lier.