‘SMART school’ opening on Magill campus

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Artist's impression of the new SMARTSchool.

Australia’s most technologically advanced teacher training facility is planned for UniSA’s Magill campus and is expected to open its doors in time for the 2018 teaching year.

The high-tech Samsung SMARTSchool will support advanced teacher education and research from reception through to secondary school, with a focus on science, technology, engineering, and mathematics (STEM).

Artist's impression of the new SMARTSchool.It’s thanks to a new partnership between Samsung Electronics Australia and UniSA. Plans include a suite of Samsung technology such as visual display technology, smartphones, tablets, wearables and virtual reality headsets.

The initiative is part of the development of the education precinct at Magill – home to one of the largest cohorts of teaching students in South Australia.

UniSA Vice Chancellor Professor David Lloyd says the SMARTSchool will be a state-of-the-art, student-focused, learning facility; inspired by the award-winning Jeffrey Smart building at UniSA’s City West campus.

“The SMARTSchool will help transform the way in which we educate teachers,” Prof Lloyd says.

“It will be a flexible and inclusive education space, designed to support our teaching students to become leaders in new technologies and enhance their application in teaching and learning.

“We are delighted that this partnership with Samsung will deliver to South Australia one of the nation’s most advanced facilities for the development of best practice education, where technology not only enhances learning, but also informs the ‘what and how’ of what we teach.”

Samsung Australia Head of Corporate Social Responsibility Tess Ariotti says the school demonstrates co-creation at its finest; bringing together the best of Samsung digital technologies and the University’s innovative teacher training programs to enhance STEM practice and foster educators of the future.

“As Australia’s workforce continues to evolve, it is essential that educators are equipped with the tools and knowledge to support students develop the skills they will need to succeed,” Ariotti says.

“The SMARTSchool aims to be Australia’s most technologically advanced training facility; a significant milestone, not only for the education sector, but for our country’s progress in addressing Australia’s burgeoning STEM skills shortage.”

Visiting school students will be able to use the facilities for classes. Researchers will also be able to use the school for research projects designed to develop an evidence-base for teaching.

“Through the use and provision of technology, we hope to contribute to the professional development of teachers and advance creative and innovative learning opportunities for future generations,” Ariotti says.