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Upstate NY Middle School Rolls Out New Digital Learning Technology

A private middle school in Corning, NY is the site of the first full rollout of the Samsung School Digital Learning Initiative.

Beginning with the recently opened school year, the Alternative School for Math and Science (ASMS) is the recipient of Galaxy tablets for its 110 students, interactive whiteboards, wireless printers and other hardware and educational software from Samsung.
Whiteboards and Galaxy tablets are part of the new digital learning initiative at the Alternative School for Math and Science in Corning, NY.

"In seeing the highly innovative educational program offered by ASMS, we found clear alignment with Samsung's commitment to dynamic learning environments that raise student engagement, foster collaboration and enable personalized learning," said Tod Pike, senior vice president at Samsung's Enterprise Business Division.

The new system allows students to share their work with other students on tablets or with the whole class on the whiteboards, allows teachers to track student progress and deadlines easily and even reminds students that they have to turn in permission slips they should have had their parents sign the night before.

Kim Frock, a founder of the school, which opened in 2004, and its non-paid administrative head, called the new system "the most comprehensive digital solution available in education today."

Corning, the major corporate employer in the upstate New York area, and Samsung shared the cost of the implementation, according to school officials.

Frock is married to Wendell P. Weeks, Corning's chairman and CEO. More than half the 10- to 14-year-olds who attend the school are the children of Corning employees.

Corning Inc. has made substantial contributions to the school in the past, including $6.7 million in 2012 for renovations and upgrades.

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