Wednesday, 21 February 2018 11:01

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Samsung has launched a new training facility at the University of South Australia it says is one of the most technologically advanced teacher-training facilities in the country.

The new facility — dubbed the Samsung SMARTSchool — opened its doors at the UniSA’s ’s Magill campus for the first time today, combining what Samsung says is its innovative technologies with the university’s own world-class research into teaching practice.

The $4 million facility is designed to provide an enriched learning environment for students from reception to year 12.

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.  

The 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.

“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.”

“It is critical that we equip our students, teachers and wider community with the skills, knowledge and tools that are important to the workforce of the future,” said the ead of Corporate Social Responsibility at Samsung Electronics Australia, Tess Ariotti.

“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.

“We’re excited to continue working with UniSA to inspire the next generation of innovators, creators and community leaders in Australia.”

The Samsung SMARTSchool will be accepting bookings from 6 March.

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.”

The Federal Minister for Education and Training, Senator Simon Birmingham, said, "With technology evolving at a rapid pace, it’s important that our teaching methods and practices also evolve.This unique partnership between UniSA and Samsung is an excellent example of how universities and business can work together to boost STEM engagement through new ways of learning. It’s great to see firsthand a workspace that will provide South Australian students with an advanced learning environment promoting innovation, creative thinking and complex problem-solving."

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