EdComs is helping to implement, measure and evaluate the Samsung Digital Classroom pilot programme in primary schools.
Over the past year EdComs has been working with Samsung to introduce the ‘Digital Classroom’ into primary schools in the UK. This pilot programme forms part of Samsung’s corporate citizenship strategy which aims to provide access to and training in effective use of digital devices in the classroom.
Our work with Samsung has been multifaceted and has included: recruiting schools for piloting the programme; pilot schools’ management; research evaluation; and creating a series of case study films around best practice linked to the use of the Digital Classroom.
Last year EdComs recruited six UK primary schools for an initial six-month pilot. They were each provided with a Digital Classroom package1 along with initial training and access to support for the duration of the programme.
In order to evaluate the impact of the programme, EdComs developed a research evaluation framework which comprised key criteria relating to Bloom’s Taxonomy2, Ofsted and Digital Literacy. This approach has enabled us to monitor progress and link our findings with current thinking in teaching, learning and ICT. We found that the Samsung Digital Classroom has enabled new teaching and learning styles to become embedded, which has led to a noticeable positive change in pupil’s attitudes to learning. Pupils are more engaged and more confident in their approach to learning.
A Headteacher from a Samsung Digital Classroom pilot school said, ‘They’re not reading because they’ve been asked to, they’re reading because they want to. We’ve even had children wanting to stay behind after school to complete a task!’
EdComs is currently working with Samsung on the next evolution of the programme for the 2014/15 academic year. With the introduction of coding into the primary computing curriculum in September 2014 and the increasing body of research highlighting the digital skills gap that exists in the UK, we are delighted to be involved in a project which actively supports digital learning.
If you are interested in conducting a pilot programme for your education programme and would like to find out how research can help, please contact Liz Watts.
1 30 Samsung Galaxy Note 10.1 Tablets, an E-Board with touch overlay, a teacher’s notebook, 5 digital cameras, a colour printer and a tablet cabinet.
2 Bloom’s Taxonomy is a classification of learning objectives within education.