Loreto girls pioneer new interactive classroom

Loreto Secondary School in Kilkenny last week became the first school in Europe to begin a classroom pilot of Samsung’s Smart School Solution – a fully-integrated learning platform that empowers teachers to deliver an interactive learning environment.

Loreto Secondary School in Kilkenny last week became the first school in Europe to begin a classroom pilot of Samsung’s Smart School Solution – a fully-integrated learning platform that empowers teachers to deliver an interactive learning environment.

The pilot will serve to demonstrate the potential of the digital classroom platform that harnesses the latest Samsung technologies.

It provides teachers with the ability to lead interactive lessons and real-time group activities through its convenient touch screen and content sharing features. It also delivers learning management tools enabling students to access course materials and information, as well as school notices and forums, through their tablets.

During class, teachers can easily deliver content to students, share their own or an individual student’s screen with the class, and monitor student progress in real-time. Instructors can conduct group activities, Q&As, tests or instant polls, and then call the class to attention by locking student screens via voice command.

It also allows teachers to provide course materials including e-textbooks, learning apps and timetables, as well as delivering school notices and forums for extracurricular activities, which can be accessed by students at any time.

A built-in management tool enables teachers to track student attendance, general information, grade history and prizes or demerit points.

“Finding new and relevant ways to engage students is very important to the learning environment,” said Colm Keher, principal at Loreto.

“We must go beyond the blackboard and adopt new technologies into our teaching environments, and give our students easy access to technologies. We’re delighted to have partnered with Samsung to tap into the potential of its Smart School Solution which will give our students the opportunity to be involved in a fully interactive learning environment.”

Gary Twohig, general manager of Samsung Telecommunications and Network Ireland said the technology would give teachers freedom from the confines of a blackboard or projector.

“Loreto Kilkenny is the first school in Europe to trial this pilot scheme and we’re confident that teachers will find it to be an effective platform for engaging their students and developing an interactive classroom learning environment,” he said.