Samsung has developed a fully integrated eco-system to support the connected classroom, including the world’s first Android-powered printers
Education is changing as schools, colleges and universities exploit the convergence of technologies to deliver a more engaging classroom experience based on the seamless exchange of information between teachers and pupils, the classroom and the cloud, personal tablets and interactive displays – and between the digital and paper-based worlds.
Samsung’s expertise in wireless networking, mobile computing/communications, information management and displays and digital signage puts it at the forefront of developments in education technology.
It has developed a fully integrated eco-system of devices and solutions, backed up by comprehensive support for teachers and IT departments, so that schools and colleges can bring classroom technology into the twentyfirst century and integrate it fully with virtual learning environments (VLEs) and other cloud-based resources, such as Google Docs.
In the connected classroom, wireless devices like pen-based Samsung Notes are already being used to provide easy access to learning resources, from e-books to lesson plans; to provide a messaging platform for communicating with teachers and school administrators; and as a means of creating, accessing and sharing multimedia content.
Seamless communication between personal devices, interactive whiteboards, digital displays and the cloud provides more opportunities for distancelearning, self-learning, customised pupil support and interaction with content; it enables easy sharing of information with an entire class or individual pupils; and it facilitates more stimulating lessons in which students can interact with content and participate in quizzes and voting systems.
Beyond the classroom
The benefits of wireless, cloudenabled technology extend beyond the classroom. In the future, it is likely that pupils and students will be given tablets on enrolment, providing instant access to coursework and essential school and university information.
Samsung has already supplied the University of East London (UEL) with 4,000 10.1in Samsung Galaxy Notes. Pre-loaded with a bespoke app, the tablets provide new students with advice on campus life and academic courses and a smart pen for notetaking in lectures, with time-saving hand-writing to text conversion.Samsung developed the UEL app with Koretext, which also turns curriculum content into eBooks that students can access on their devices.
Printing in the classroom
Despite the greater adoption of digital technology, there is still a need to print a range of material, from test papers and course material to homework, notes and worksheets. The Samsung eco-system described above includes printers and multifunction printers (MFPs) that effortlessly bridge the paperdigital divide and ensure that content is always accessible to those who need it, wherever it resides and in whatever format.
Samsung MFPs make it easy for students and teachers to turn digital content into hard copies that can be passed around, shared and written on or convert paper-based content into electronic files that can be edited, stored and distributed at the touch of a button.
The latest generation of devices like the wireless MultiXpress range is designed from the ground up to support modern methods of working, teaching and learning.
Powered by an Android operating system and with a Samsung touchscreen tablet as the control panel, these printers are the perfect complement to the mobile devices and cloud-enabled systems used in education today.
Meeting the needs of today’s students, the new MultiXpress range offers secure wireless printing from smartphones, tablets and other mobile devices. Integrated Near Field Communication (NFC) gives users of NFC-enabled smartphones the ability to authenticate themselves and print just by tapping their device on the MFP.
Integrated cloud connectivity enables users to scan to, print from and interact with cloud-based resources via an Android browser running on the MFP’s 10.1in colour touchscreen. This means that even if students don’t have a PC or tablet with them they can still work on, edit and print their documents.
High speed scanning:
The ability to digitise paper-based information for electronic storage and distribution is fundamental to both the connected classroom and school administration. With scanning speeds of up to 120 pages per minute (on a 35ppm print device) and automated workflows, the MultiXpress range is optimised for today’s paperless processes, helping schools to boost productivity and save money on filing and storage.
Samsung education specialist Ben Brown said: “In the new digital environment, the need for document management is key. Being able to get the physical to the digital is as important as the other way round. Samsung also looks to fully integrate into this cloud environment by allowing students to print direct from their account to the printer, with no need for any device to be involved. It is the true end of the ‘dog ate my homework’ excuse.”
Management and control
As well as making life easy for teachers, lecturers, students and admin staff, Samsung print devices provide all the monitoring and control expected by IT departments.
These include user authentication (by NFC, PIN, card or biometrics); pull printing to prevent waste and protect sensitive information; built-in network security; print tracking by user and device; and the ability to apply rules, such as automatic two-sided printing, to reduce running costs and carbon emissions.
Operating costs are reduced further by the embedded XOA solutions platform. This supports serverless apps that don’t require additional hardware and enables tighter integration with third party solutions, such as PaperCut.
Aftercare and support
Samsung hardware is just half the story. Just as important to the Samsung eco-system is the comprehensive aftercare programme that enables teachers to maximise the benefits of their employer’s investment in new technology.
The combination of Samsung hardware, solutions, content and support will help you stay at the forefront of classroom technology today and in the future.
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