31 Jul McGraw-Hill Teams Up with Samsung for Chromebook “Classroom in a Box”
Classroom in a Box streamlines the deployment process for schools that want fast, uncomplicated Chromebook integration.
Educational publishers are evolving to keep up with the growing trend of digitized classrooms, adapting learning resources to accommodate computing platforms, such as the Chrome OS. At a recent Philadelphia convention, Samsung Electronics America announced a highly anticipated collaboration with long-standing textbook publisher McGraw-Hill to produce a packaged deployment program, known as Classroom in a Box.
Based on feedback from teachers, Classroom in a Box is designed to eliminate many of the obstacles schools face when implementing poorly planned one-to-one initiatives. Rather than simply handing over a shipment of Samsung 2 Chromebooks, the company will provide onsite representatives to guide school administrators through the setup process.
Surveyed educators identified professional training as their highest concern, so Classroom in a Box includes professional development for teachers that is tailored to their specific curriculum needs. Partnering with McGraw-Hill enables Samsung to offer learning resources for teachers and students to make sure the technology enhances classroom productivity, instead of creating roadblocks for educators who are unsure of how to develop Chromebook-friendly lessons.
Of course, educational value comes first, and Classroom in a Box holds the promise of up-to-date learning resources from one of the country’s leading publishers. The packages comes with multiple one-year licenses for THRIVE, the McGraw-Hill Education suite for grade 3-8 language arts and math. Purchases also receive 30-day licenses for the ALEKS math software for grades 3-12. Teachers also have the option of finding other apps using Google Play for Education.
The Google Chrome Management Console is preinstalled on the Chromebooks, making it easy for technology administrators to configure thousands of devices simultaneously, activate features for specific user groups and monitor student access to applications.
While it doesn’t cover everything, Classroom in a Box provides the foundation for a sustainable Chromebook program. School administrators who are seriously considering a deployment must also evaluate the efficiency of district network infrastructures and pursue partnerships with reliable companies, such as Volume Cases, that design student-oriented Chromebook covers.
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