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Samsung highlights educational solutions at BETT

Interactive tables, visualisers, cloud computing and its involvement with the British Museum are the focal points of Samsung's presence at BETT.

At BETT 2012 (London Olympia, January 11 – 14), Samsung is showcasing its SUR40 for Microsoft Surface as part of its full 2012 IT education portfolio for schools.

The Samsung SUR40, which is distributed exclusively by Midwich in the UK, is an interactive table using Microsoft Surface software. The interactive display features PixelSense technology, which gives LCD panels the power to ‘see’ without the use of cameras. Its thin, large, display recognises fingers and hands placed on the screen enabling people to share, collaborate and explore together.

Also being showcased is the SDP-860 Visualiser. Reproducing colour images of three-dimensional objects, the SDP-860 provides a tool to help students absorb and retain information. Still frame animation is one of a number of presentation options provided by the SDP-860. It also offers the ability to freeze an image or to compare images side by side.

Also on show at BETT 2012 is the NC220 cloud display, with Cisco UPOE, which powers and connects individual monitors via Ethernet to a virtualised central server, offering schools a cloud computing alternative to the traditional workstation setup. Other cloud monitors featured at BETT include the TC220 and NC240 monitors.

“Samsung is leading the market in cloud displays, and with its broad range of products for the education sector will open up virtualised learning for classrooms all over the UK,” said Graham Long, vice president of IT, Samsung UK. “Imagine schools without books, but with 3D displays, connected devices for every student in the classroom, and homework submitted online via the cloud. This can be a reality with Samsung’s range of AV and computing products.”

The Samsung Digital Discovery Centre at London’s British Museum is an interactive learning space for schools to find innovative and exciting ways of experiencing and learning about the museum’s artefacts. At BETT, members of the British Museum team will be demonstrating how Samsung products can help learning outside the classroom flourish and aid traditional teaching in schools.

“The Samsung Digital Discovery Centre has had a radical impact on young people’s engagement with the Museum’s collection, linking museum to classroom, motivating teenagers, offering unique learning experiences to the under 5s and fostering new sorts of interaction in our galleries,” said Xerxes Mazda, head of learning, volunteers and audiences at the British Museum. “Both school students and children in family groups are now able to access innovative ways of exploring world cultures and create responses to the collection which they can share with others outside the museum”