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Samsung's first Malaysian Smart Classroom points to digital learning future

AvantiKumar | March 5, 2015
Students in a Kelantan school break the confines of static textbook information.

Samsung Malaysia Smart Classroom 

Photo - (From right) YB Dato' Mustapa Mohamed, Minister of International Trade & Industry; and YBhg Dato' Roh Jae Yeol, Director of Corporate Affairs, Samsung Malaysia Electronics watching a student get familiar with the customised content available at the Samsung SMART Classroom.


Samsung Malaysia Electronics is continuing its programme of installing Smart environments with the launch of a first-of-its kind Malaysian Smart Classroom at the Sekolah Kebangsaan Ayer (SK Lanas) school in Jeli, Kelantan, which points the way forward in digital education, said the South Korean electronics giant.

Officiating the launch was YB Dato' Sri Mustapa bin Mohamed, minister of International Trade and Industry, who was accompanied by Tuan Haji Hussain bin Awang, director of Kelantan State Education Department and YBhg Dato' Roh Jae Yeol, director of Corporate Affairs, Samsung Malaysia Electronics.

The launch of Samsung Smart Classroom at Sekolah Kebangsaan Ayer Lanas is in tandem with the Malaysia Education Blueprint 2013-2025, to help scale up the quality of learning and pave the way for more effective and customised learning in schools. The advent of 21st-century smart classrooms such as the Samsung initiative will help schools meet the technological demands and create a unique interactive learning environment and bridge the gap between Malaysia's rural and urban schools.

"The benefits to be gained from the Samsung Smart Classroom are immense," said Mustapa. "Students will be able to tap into a richer network of resources and have the opportunity to engage more with their teachers and peers."

"It will be a stepping stone for the future generation to be exposed to a competitive global environment and digital learning," he said. "The students will be equipped with essential knowledge and innovation so they can contribute and help towards developing Malaysia to a world-class standard and have a successful future in the 21st century.'"

"The launch of Samsung Smart Classroom could not be timelier as digital learning is truly the way forward in education," said Tuan Haji Hussain bin Awang, director of Kelantan State Education Department. "The Samsung Smart Classroom is an ideal platform for our students to learn in an interactive digital environment. Especially with the capability to monitor students' individual progress, we look forward to see great improvement and positive academic performance in this school."

Also present were Tuan Haji Abdul Kadir bin Sulaiman, head of Jeli District Education Office and Wan Hanafi Wan Yusoff, headmaster of Sekolah Kebangsaan Ayer Lanas.

 Technology-enabled learning

YBhg Dato' Roh Jae Yeol, director of corporate affairs, Samsung Malaysia Electronics, said, "We believe [this initiative] will open doors to more opportunities for growth, for everyone involved, from the students and teachers at this school, to the larger community in Jeli and beyond."

"We selected this school as the first location of choice to help minimise the digital divide between urban schools and those in underserved areas," said Roh. "We look forward to work with more schools in other areas to further extend the reach of technology in the nation's classrooms."

He said students will no longer be confined to static textbook information, but will be able to source information from customised content and applications for better interaction.

Targeting the four core subjects of English, Bahasa Malaysia, Mathematics and Science, students from Standard 1 - 6 will be divided into groups and dedicated sessions. They will gain easy access to digitised learning materials and obtain information from secured and monitored sources through the Samsung devices.

Sekolah Kebangsaan Ayer Lanas was established in 1957 and has a total number of 631 students and 62 teachers.

The Samsung Smart Classroom is part of the Samsung Global Corporate Citizenship initiative that employs Samsung technology and expertise for the betterment of local communities.


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