“I used to be a mediocre student,” remarks Akshay, a 19-year-old student from Chandigarh. “But I was drawn toward my studies when Samsung Smart Class was introduced in our school.”
Samsung Electronics launched its Smart Class program in collaboration with schools in Chandigarh in 2013 to help improve the education of underprivileged children in India. Classes are equipped with an interactive Samsung Smartboard, laptops/tablets, Wi-Fi connectivity and power generators.The digital environment helps students learn new concepts easily and encourages active participation.
Akshay became a role model among his classmates when he topped the 10th board examination in 2015—a feat he hopes to repeat in upcoming examinations. He says his transformation from a “backbencher” at Jawahar Navodaya Vidyalaya (JNV) school in Chandigarh to a high performer is thanks to the introduction of digital learning tools in his school three years ago.
“I used to be a mediocre student,” Akshay explains, “but the smart class is beautiful and well-maintained. There’s a big LED screen and I had a laptop. I loved it.”
In 2015, JNV school in Chandigarh achieved its best examination performance with five students getting a perfect score.
“We want classes to be interesting, where we can watch, listen and understand different concepts, explains Simran, one of the five students who achieved the perfect grade. “The class made studying easier and helped us understand concepts and get answers through video conferencing.”
Teachers find the technology useful as well. “Students are always curious and interested to come to class. It makes teaching easier because there is a great deal of interest in learning new things,” says Anup Kumar who teaches math at the school.
Santosh Sharma, the Principal of the school, says student concentration has improved and confidence has increased. “My students are showing more interest in academics and asking more questions,” she added.
It’s not only in academics where the program is making a difference. The digital environment has helped students develop a keen interest in extra-curricular activities, teacher say.
“Samsung Smart Class helps me think beyond the box and expand my thinking,” said Utkarsh, a JNV student who wants to become an astrophysicist.
The smart class also doubles as a computer lab because of its strong internet connectivity and state-of-the-art equipment, teachers say.
Samsung Smart Class runs in over 373 JNV schools in India and has benefited some 200,000 students. Today, over 7,400 teachers have also been trained in how to use interactive technology to teach their students.
Source: Samsung Newsroom