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Lavington Primary pupils during a Smart School class session at the Samsung Electronics Engineering Academy in Westlands in Nairobi on December 10, 2012. Photo/DIANA NGILA

Lavington Primary pupils during a Smart School class session at the Samsung Electronics Engineering Academy in Westlands in Nairobi on December 10, 2012. Photo/DIANA NGILA   Nation Media Group

By David Herbling

Posted  Wednesday, December 12  2012 at  18:34

In Summary

  • The Samsung Smart School solution is the latest mobile-powered education application to be rolled out in Kenyan schools, as learning moves to virtual platforms.
  • The Korean electronics giant is testing the application at its Samsung Electronics Engineering Academy in Nairobi where a select class of 15 has been taking part in the trial runs.

Helga Ndinda, 11, swipes to turn the pages on her Samsung Galaxy tablet during a Social Studies lesson at school.

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The tech savvy Standard Five pupil at Lavington Primary School taps and pinches the touch screen of her device to flip through the teacher’s presentation, view photos and answer quizzes.

Mr Edward Njoroge, the subject teacher, uses a felt pen-like stylus to input commands, make notes and share content with learners through the giant 65-inch computer screen located at the right corner in front of the classroom.

Welcome to learning in the digital age which trades the traditional dusty blackboard for an LCD electronic board with optical touch capacity which allows teachers can share content with their students.

“I find classes really interesting when we use these tablets,” says Helga who is part of the pioneer class where Samsung is piloting its e-learning solution dubbed Smart School.

The ease with which the radiant learner navigates through the mobile device betrays the fact that she first came face to face with a tablet computer less than a week ago.

“The pupils are very excited by this technology because through multimedia resources, the learning is experiential,” Mr Njoroge told the Business Daily.

The Samsung Smart School solution is the latest mobile-powered education application to be rolled out in Kenyan schools, as learning moves to virtual platforms.

The Korean electronics giant is testing the application at its Samsung Electronics Engineering Academy in Nairobi where a select class of 15 has been taking part in the trial runs.

“The platform enhances learning in a personalised, interactive environment which increases enthusiasm for learning,” says Mr John Kamonde, the lead technical support at the research hub.

Local technology experts have also developed multiple education applications designed to digitise text books and quizzes, offer interactive lesson podcasts and allow for sharing of learning content.

Continued uptake of digital learning may condemn ‘analogue’ tools such as exercise books, text books, chalk and blackboards to history as learning acquires an electronic face characterised by interactive multimedia.

Safaricom is currently piloting its e-learning platform Safaricom Blackboard at Starehe Boys Centre and School.

The programme launched in July allows teachers to record their lessons and store the digital content on the Safaricom Cloud. Students and teachers from any part of the country then access this material online through the Safaricom Blackboard at a fee.

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