Samsung Electronics America, Inc. announces it will provide a first look at the new Samsung Education Community Platform during the 2023 National Future of Education Technology® (FETC) Conference and Texas Computer Education Association (TCEA) Convention and Exposition. The free-to-join platform will offer educators an online discussion forum, access to peer and expert coaching, and free, self-paced professional development courses, enabling them to develop new strategies for leveraging technology that can enhance classroom engagement and learning outcomes for all students.
Building New Communities for Educators
“Nearly three years have passed since the COVID-19 pandemic upended classroom teaching and learning, yet educators are still addressing the impacts of prolonged remote learning, from declining test scores to rising rates of stress and burnout. In this challenging climate, educators need more support and professional development than ever before,” said Chris Mertens, Vice President of U.S. Sales, Displays, at Samsung Electronics America.
When conceiving the idea of Samsung’s Education Community Platform, Dr. Micah Shippee, Director of Education Technology Consulting and Solutions at Samsung, brought his 22 years of experience as an educator to the forefront. He and his team developed a collaborative, online hub that aims to meet the professional development needs of today’s educators by offering innovative lesson plans that embrace best-in-class technology.
“At Samsung, we strive to build community through technology. Educators and EdTech enthusiasts will be able to use the Samsung Education Community Platform as their go-to destination to convene and share bold ideas to reimagine the future of learning,” Dr. Shippee said. “Through our platform, educators can embrace more innovative teaching practices and technology that solve common pain points we’re seeing in classrooms across the country.”
Educators who join the platform can access professional development courses led by Samsung Education Coaches, all of whom are experts in curriculum development and instructional design. The courses will teach participants how to create an interactive, immersive learning environment through engaging lesson design. Platform members will gain access to continuing education certificates and monthly professional webinars where they can learn more tips and teaching practices from their Samsung Education Coach.
All monthly webinars will be recorded and made available in Samsung’s rich library of member resources, including blog posts, tutorials, lesson plan templates and self-paced online courses. As educators complete their coursework and engage in thoughtful discussion through the online forum, they can collect digital badges that demonstrate their progress and knowledge of EdTech strategies. Samsung will identify the most active power users to become Ambassadors to create their own content, serve as conference presenters and host Samsung-sponsored webinars to inspire their fellow educators.
To sign up for updates and become one of the first to join the Samsung Education Community Platform, please visit https://business.samsungusa.com/EDUPDC.