Samsung Electronics America Inc. has announced the launch of Samsung School, an integrated classroom technology solution, in 15 classrooms in the Eloy Elementary School District in Eloy, Arizona. This is the first school-wide deployment of Samsung School in the U.S, and it’s helping to provide greater access to technology for Eloy district students. The schools are reporting increased student engagement and nearly 100 percent student attendance since implementing the technology.
Samsung School is a digital classroom package that combines the Galaxy Note 10.1 tablets, interactive whiteboards, wireless printers and classroom management software. The Galaxy Note 10.1 Android tablet features the S Pen, which provides similar precision and accuracy to what students are used to experiencing with pen and paper.
In a prepared statement, Eloy superintendent Ruby James said, “As a rural school district in Arizona, Eloy students historically have not had access to the latest technology and our teachers have been challenged with raising student engagement and attendance with limited resources.” According to a report by the non-profit Rural School and Community Trust, Arizona’s rural districts have the second lowest funding per a pupil and fewer than seven in 10 students graduating. This was detailed in a report called “Why Rural Matters 2011-2012.” A federal School Improvement Grant enabled Eloy to deploy Samsung School.
Tod Pike, the senior vice president at Samsung Electronics Enterprise Business Division said, “Samsung School brings together all the technology components needed to create a dynamic learning environment that raises student engagement, fosters collaboration and enables personalized learning, addressing several of the challenges that Eloy’s teachers and leadership were facing.”