Doors open to the future of learning

UniSA's Samsung SMARTSchool at Magill. HUMANITIES
UniSA's Samsung SMARTSchool at Magill.

One of the most technologically advanced teacher-training facilities in the country, the Samsung SMARTSchool, has opened its doors at UniSA’s Magill campus.

The official opening of the Samsung SMARTSchool was attended by both the state and federal education ministers, the Governor of South Australia, and a range of other dignitaries.The official opening of the Samsung SMARTSchool was attended by both the state and federal education ministers, the Governor of South Australia, and a range of other dignitaries.

Powered by Samsung technology, the $4 million facility will equip Australian students and teachers with the skills and tools that are shaping Australia’s future.

Combining Samsung’s innovative technologies with UniSA’s own world-class research into teaching practice, the Samsung SMARTSchool will provide an enriched learning environment for students from Reception to Year 12.

The Samsung SMARTSchool will also be used as a facility for advanced teacher training, informed by practice-based learning and research into the future of learning.

The purpose-built facility incorporates Samsung technology including large-format display screens, interactive whiteboards, tablets, Galaxy S8 smartphones, Gear VR and Gear 360 virtual reality products.

Head of UniSA’s School of Education Professor Stephen Dobson says the new SMARTSchool is a boon for teacher education in South Australia and for the thousands of students who will have access to the facility.

Students can shoot a ‘virtual hoop’ as part of data collection for sports science.Students can shoot a ‘virtual hoop’ as part of data collection for sports science.

“The school will benefit teachers, education researchers, students studying to become teachers and school students from across Australia,” Prof Dobson says.

“Flexible in concept and design, while emphasising STEM, the Samsung SMARTSchool is all about teaching students to become problem-solvers and innovators.

“The Samsung SMARTSchool has been designed to encourage team-based learning and creativity. From data collection and analysis for sports science, to learning about radar and GPS technologies applicable for defence and civilian settings, or the future of manufacturing through 3D printing, the Samsung SMARTSchool will give school students access to practical, career-focused learning.”

Samsung Electronics Australia Head of Corporate Social Responsibility Tess Ariotti says it’s critical to equip our students, teachers and the wider community with the skills, knowledge and tools that are important to the workforce of the future.

Technology includes large-format display screens, interactive whiteboards, tablets and  virtual reality products.Technology includes large-format display screens, interactive whiteboards, tablets and virtual reality products.

“Our close collaboration with UniSA has helped us to create a purpose-built learning environment which will support teachers and encourage students to think creatively, work collaboratively and solve real-world problems,” she says.

UniSA Vice Chancellor Professor David Lloyd says the collaboration with Samsung is another example of how UniSA’s partnerships with industry are delivering important gains for the State.

“The Samsung SMARTSchool will support the development of new generations of experts in the sciences and engineering who can fill and create future jobs because they have the skills and passion to make a difference in society, but also, the ability to work creatively in teams,” Prof Lloyd says.

The Samsung SMARTSchool is now accepting bookings to bring students and their teachers from around the State into the new technology-rich spaces.

Federal Education and Training Minister Simon Birmingham says the partnership is an excellent example of how universities and business can work together to boost STEM engagement through new ways of learning.

State Education Minister Dr Susan Close says the facility will give teachers the hands-on experience needed to inspire students and help them develop the skills they’ll need to prosper.

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