ISTE Standard 3: Classroom in a Box

ISTE Standard 3: Classroom in a Box

Question: How can the use of a digital learning environment be used to create personalized, interactive and engaging learning?

Article: Samsung’s Classroom in a Box lets Schools Test Drive 1:1

I love the idea of incorporating technology into the classroom. My positive experience with the Google Classroom has helped me to become comfortable with the idea of integrating online classrooms into our traditional classroom. I have found that students are more open to contributing ideas to online discussions, use additional creativity to formulate and execute their ideas and projects, and show an excitement for online learning. According to Peter Cookson Jr., a principal researcher for Education Sector, ‘Technology for instruction, if done well, allows students to reach out to a much broader world. Students today are comfortable with turning on a computer for learning. It’s not novel or unusual for them. The challenge is to use the technology creatively to meet learning goals” (Wong, 2014). Cookson makes an excellent point. Students today are tech-savvy. They have iPhones and tablets that they bring to school each day. It only makes sense to utilize the technology they are already using to enhance their education. Wylie Wong wrote, “Admittedly, new technology helps meet Common Core State Standards and online standardized testing requirements. But educators say their ultimate goal is to prepare students for success by helping them develop modern skills” (Wong, 2014).

The new Classroom in a Box goes beyond the integrated idea of the Google classroom. In the ‘box’ are all of the components needed to convert classrooms into one-to-one learning environments. The package includes 30 devices — either Galaxy Tab 4 Education tablets or Chromebook 2 notebooks — along with professional development solutions, and subscriptions and licenses for curriculums. Samsung partnered with McGraw-Hill to bulk up on digital curriculum offerings. The textbook publisher will provide 30 one-year subscriptions to its Thrive digital curriculum, which covers Common Core State Standards for English Language Arts (ELA) and math for grades 3-8 (Smith, 2015). This is a great opportunity for teachers to try out the program for a year before their district makes a financial commitment. The idea behind this technology is to integrate online classrooms into the traditional classroom thus creating a personalized, interactive and engaging learning experience.

Smith, D. Frank. (2015). Samsung’s classroom in a box lets schools test-drive 1:1. EdTech Focus on K-23. Retrieved from

Wong, W. (2014). How technology enables blended learning. EdTech Focus on K-12. Retrieved from

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4 thoughts on “ISTE Standard 3: Classroom in a Box

  1. allymariec

    Hi Katie,

    I really enjoyed reading your article and thought classroom in a box was a very interesting concept. It will be interesting to see how instructors will use the technology to meet student learning goals.
    Thanks again for the post!



  2. ahoffner

    Hi Katie, Samsung’s “Classroom in a Box” sounds like a useful resource for teachers! Would it be used in a hybrid (blended) learning environment or would it be used solely for online instruction? What were some of your positive experiences with Google Classroom?


  3. ryderd1

    Hi Katie,

    I love how Classroom in a Box provides teachers and students with opportunities for 1:1 learning. Each student’s education should be tailored to meet their needs in order for them to truly succeed and understand the concepts. My one concern, which I couldn’t find online is the cost of Classroom in a Box. I realize that piloting the program has a low cost associated with it, but after the first year of piloting the program, does the price increase? I would love to find out because it would be a great resource to use in the classroom, but may be financially inaccessible to some districts.

    Thanks for the great post and resource!



  4. andersone11

    Hi Katie,
    Thanks for the post! I think that since students are inclined to be plugged in, we might as well use that inclination to our advantage. There are so many amazing tech tools that make integrating technology so easy. But students also want to be social; in does classroom in a box still allow for class discussion?



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