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Utilising digital displays to create a connected campus

From outdoor digital signage to classroom interactive whiteboards, displays are powerful tools which help educators teach, engage, inform, guide, promote and connect with students.

St Joseph’s College, a boys’ secondary school in the outer-eastern suburb of Ferntree Gully, Melbourne, has transformed its classroom experience for teachers and students.

The College, which has approximately 1,000 students and 120 staff, has partnered with Samsung to equip its new cutting-edge building with reliable displays that enhance engagement and elevate digital communication throughout the entire school.

St Joseph’s IT Manager, Mr Phil Skiller, says the project with Samsung was about what sort of infrastructure they were going to put into the newly-built classrooms.

Interactive whiteboards allow teachers to add notes in real-time. Image: Samsung

“Part of the challenge was to have a device that we could use to interact with a computer screen. With the Flip Interactive Displays, we can have the computer screen visible in any part of the display, we can use part of it as a whiteboard, or we can annotate over the top. It all works seamlessly,” Mr Skiller says.

“What sold us on the Samsung Flip was the high resolution of the display and the math tools that we can use. It’s easy to write on the display, erase it, write more, or save it so we can go back to it later without having to recreate it again.”

Interactive Displays, Mr Skiller says, streamline the way staff produce content.

“Every teacher in the new buildings know how they work. We have three Flip Interactive Displays in some of the classrooms and we link them together, which is another great feature,” he says.

Mr Andrew Cooper, Deputy Principal and teacher at St Joseph’s College, said Samsung’s Flip Interactive Display has quickly become part of the fabric of teaching and learning at St Joseph’s College.

“It has also allowed us to do something that seems to be quite obvious in teaching but isn’t done enough, and that is to allow students to be part of that teaching, to have them at the front of the classroom leading discussion as well,” Mr Cooper says.

He believes a true measure of the success of Flip Interactive Displays has been the uptake by students.

“We’ve got students who are tutoring each other after school and teaching the way that they’ve seen teachers teaching with the Flip. They’re using all the different tools to help their peers, which is game-changing,” he says.

Mr Skiller says the school felt confident in choosing Samsung.

“Their display does everything that we want to do. The support that we’ve had from Samsung overall has been fantastic. If I’ve got any technical problems, I make a phone call, I get an answer or someone’s here to help us.”

Unlimited options

Whether inside the classroom, or around the campus, Samsung’s education line-up gives teachers the tools they need to deliver an enhanced experience, while maintaining student engagement, collaboration and confidence.

Samsung’s Head of Display and Brand Memory in Australia, Mr Phil Gaut, says teachers can use Samsung’s displays to create light bulb learning moments in the classroom.

“In-classroom interactive displays redefine what interaction looks like. While they help teachers create a more engaging classroom environment, they also foster collaboration for students, by facilitating peer-to-peer learning,” Mr Gaut says.

Outside the classroom, Samsung’s LED Displays ensure that communal spaces like the hall can be the hub of the school, helping to keep the social fabric of the school feel more connected.

“By delivering vibrant content, LED Displays engage students across multiple purposes. They can act as a sports board, a tool for showing educative content, presentations and more. Samsung’s LED Displays deliver an impactful viewing experience on a large scale,” he says.

Schools can also use LED Displays to make a strong first impression as students first enter the campus, with digital signage that delivers important information with great visibility, even in bright sunlight.

But it’s not only students and teachers who stand to benefit from Samsung’s displays, as St Joseph’s College has demonstrated.

Administrative staff within a school can also improve workflow with Samsung’s business monitors. With ultra-wide screens, there is more real estate than ever for staff to multi-task. Productivity is also supported with ergonomic design and eye comfort features – such as FlickerFree and EyeSaver Mode.

Samsung’s range of display solutions can also integrate with other Samsung products, including mobile phones and televisions, and agnostic technology that works with other brands.

“We have an ecosystem of products that are built to allow for a seamless learning experience. With Samsung’s MagicINFO all-in-one content management system, the administration has control of all the devices so they can communicate with students and teachers no matter where they are. This is our vision of a connected campus,” Samsung says.

For more information about Samsung’s display solutions, visit www.samsung.com/au/business/display-solutions/education-schools/

Interactive displays foster collaboration and facilitate peer-to-peer learning. Image: Samsung

Displays help create a connected campus in multiple ways

Former daily newspaper journalist Mr Dave Haynes is a well-known veteran in the digital signage industry. He says digital signage technology has dozens of uses in education.

Canadian-based, Mr Haynes is the founder and editor of Sixteen: Nine, an online magazine that has been following the digital signage industry for more than a decade.

The following applications are some of the most popular for displays in classrooms and on campuses, according to Mr Haynes.

Collaboration: The Samsung Interactive Display, available in 55, 65, 75 and 85-inch models, comes with built-in annotation tools that can preserve notes and share them easily. Educators and students can open documents, take notes and then save, archive, retrieve or email them — right from the screen. Because the interactive whiteboard connects seamlessly to videoconferencing solutions, remote learners can feel like they’re in the classroom even when learning from a remote location, be it at home or another classroom within the school.

Creativity: Interactive whiteboards allow students to create digital works of art, with brushstroke modes that support watercolour and oil painting styles. With the embedded InGlass technology in the Samsung Interactive Display, students can draw without any lag. Their work can be easily archived and retrieved on the school network, and it can be emailed or saved to USB.

On-campus announcements: Outdoor LED signage can communicate upcoming events or other campus-wide news to parents and students as they arrive or leave campus. In lobbies, hallways and other gathering points on campus, wall- mounted, flat-panel displays can easily reach the entire school population.

Automated alerts: Paired with management software, digital signage displays operating on a school’s network can be preconfigured to share alert messaging based on real-time data from internal or external systems. Samsung interconnects school building safety systems and sensors so if, for instance, a smoke alarm goes off, it automatically sends a predesigned alert message to on-campus screens, letting everyone know the safety protocol.

Hybrid learning: Facilitating an engaging, interactive classroom is uniquely challenging, especially on campuses where there are hybrid learners or students who are attending classes virtually. By using a webcam monitor with built-in speakers, educators can reach those students who are learning remotely. A 178-degree viewing angle paired with crisp, clear video and audio ensures teachers can see and hear all their students so everyone can focus on the lesson rather than troubleshooting technology issues.

Source: https://insights.samsung.com/2024/01/30/8-ways-displays-create-a-connected-campus/

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