Bangkok Metropolitan Administration
(BMA) initiated a Smart Classroom Project to test the efficiency of
tablet PCs with different operating systems in teaching and learning
at four pilot schools in the capital.
“This program is
aimed at testing the effectiveness of tablet-PCs as learning devices
in the classroom”, said Bangkok Deputy Governor Taya Teepsuwan.
The program is as part of the BMA’s
strategic plan to enhance ICT management for education. The
fourth-grade classes in four different schools across Bangkok are
involved in this pilot project. The supplied tablets were equipped
with four different operating systems and were given to each of the
They are Android for the Prachaniwet
School, Window 7 for the Rittiyawannalai School, iOS for the Wat
Pathumwanaram School, and Window 8 for the Na Luang School. Na Luang
School is the first school in the world to pilot the Window 8-based
tablets, which is scheduled to be officially released by the last
week of October.
Department of Education and the BMA is
now hiring King Mongkut’s University of Technology Thonburi to
evaluate the four schools’ results after using the tablets to
expand the project in the future, according to her. She also said
that the evaluation result will come out by the end of this year and
the BMA will consider whether to continue the trial or expand the
Smart Classroom project.
“Technologies for education are an
important thing that we cannot avoid. The challenge is how to apply
technologies in education with the most efficiency”, said Taya.
The project is in partnership with
Microsoft who donated 43 Window-8-loaded Acer Iconia tablets to Na
Luang School. The Window 8 tablets comes with Window 8 apps from the
Windows Store, the Microsoft Learning Suite including Microsoft Math
and Math Worksheet Generator as well as other edutainment tools like
Kodu Game Lab, Microsoft AutoCollage, Window Live Movie Maker,
Interactive Classroom and etc.