The economic and social impacts of COVID-19 continue to unfold worldwide, leaving an indelible mark on some industries more than others. Education is one such sector. When the pandemic first hit, the education of our children and students was almost immediately halted. Precious time was lost and learning was stunted due to an overnight move to virtual learning. This created a massive disruption for thousands of educators and schoolboard personnel, not to mention students and their families.
Technology fueling education
Thanks to the incredible power of technology, schoolboards across western Canada were given an option to keep students and teachers connected during these uncertain times. Through innovative technology solutions and devices, students were able to pivot their learning to digital methods and to salvage parts of the school year that would have otherwise been squandered.
Now, as we finally turn the corner on the pandemic, the demand for technology to support e-learning is at an all-time high. Students gearing up to return to the classroom in the fall, whether virtually or in-person, have grown accustomed to using digital tools for lesson instruction, to submit assignments, or work collaboratively with their peers. For that reason, schoolboards are tasked with increasing the number of digital tools made available to students in order to optimize performance in this new e-learning landscape.
As a global leader in technology and devices, Samsung has crafted durable and affordable technology solutions that students can use both in-person and virtually in order to succeed in all aspects of academia.
Smart devices make smart students
Solutions like the Samsung Galaxy Tab A7 Lite and the Samsung Chromebook 4 | 4+ offer students excellent access to the web with long-lasting battery life 1 and easy-to-use functionality. The 8.7-inch Samsung Galaxy Tab A7 Lite is an ideal tablet for the student on the go, that is durable, sleek, and portable for use in and outside the classroom. Whether used for note taking, collaborating with peers or doing research, the Galaxy Tab A7 Lite is the device students need to stay agile, informed and on top of all subjects.
What’s more, students across Canada are thriving in the digital learning sphere thanks to the Samsung Chromebook 4 | 4+. These highly capable laptops are equipped with a built-in Google experience, making both editions of the Chromebook remarkably easy for students to get online and dive head-first into learning from home, in class or elsewhere. The devices allow for fast access to the web and popular apps on the Google Play Store, as well as Google applications including Docs, Sheets and Slides. This comprehensive offering makes collaboration with peers and remote assignment submission simple.
These devices are equipped with up to 10 plus hours of battery life, making them capable of lasting through an entire day of lessons without the need for a wired charge.2 Weighing 2.6 pounds and 3.75 pounds, respectively, the Chromebook 4 and 4+ are easy to pack and ideal for students of all ages. The Chromebook lineup also features child-friendly design elements such as pick-proof keys and no screws.
Connection builds community
One such company that recently experienced the value of Galaxy innovation was Quebec-based education application Planitou.
Planitou facilitates information sharing between staff and parents at summer camps, preschools and daycares. Before the pandemic, the app had over 500 organizations communicating important data to the families of over 60,000 children, and demand was steadily increasing – that’s when COVID-19 hit.
In order to survive, Planitou needed scalable solutions to enhance client capabilities while offering cloud-based controls and seamless app deployment. In the nick of time, Samsung deployed some of its most useful products to assist in the continuation of Planitou’s vital business operations. Armed with the Galaxy Tab A7 Lite, Planitou was able to make communication easier to parents and guardians during the early transitional months of the pandemic, providing an invaluable link between the educator and the parent.
In order for students to succeed in this new world, the reality is that technology is now intertwined with education and thus vital for success. Education is the bedrock of a progressive, transformative society that provides young people with the right tools lead the industries of tomorrow.
School boards can learn more about the Chromebook 4 and Chromebook 4+ here.
For more information about the Galaxy Tab A7 Lite, click here.
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1 Based on average battery life under typical usage conditions. Average expected performance based on typical use. Actual battery life depends on factors such as network, features selected, frequency of calls and voice, data and other application usage patterns. Results may vary.
2 Measured according to Google Scenario (Power Load Test) criteria. (Tested Product Specifications: Intel® Celeron™ Processor N4000 / 4GB Memory / 32GB eMMC). Based on average battery life under typical usage conditions. Average expected performance based on typical use. Actual battery life depends on factors such as network, features selected, frequency of calls and voice, data and other application usage patterns. Results may vary. Weights vary depending on manufacturing process.