Two government secondary schools in
Bangkok have piloted a Future Classroom Project to encourage the
students to enhance the latest innovative technologies as learning
tools and preparing for the government’s roll out of free tablet pc
for the seventh graders in2013.
Taweethapisek School and Wat
Rachathiwas School, in collaboration with the Office of the Basic
Education Commission and Intel Corp, are working on a trial project
for grade seven classrooms on adopting education IT solution as part
of supporting the government’s One Tablet Per Child (OTPC) policy.
The Future Classroom model is an
education IT solution tailored for one-to-one e-learning in
classrooms starting on the first of December 2012.
Under this pilot project, ICT
infrastructure including content distribution network, firewall,
content catching and classroom management is supported by Intel
together with its Learning Series 1-to-1 e-lLearning Professional
Development Programme to train teachers using Intel Teach. This is to
address the challenges of internet connectivity and content
accessibility at the two schools.
E-Learning hardware such as 10 units of
10-inch screen tablets have been provide to Wat Rachathiwas School’s
standard one class and a class of autistic students, and
Taweethapisek School’s standard one class during the pilot period
between December 2013 and January 2013. The evaluation of the outcome
will be in February.
The tablets are equipped with classroom
management software programme, which allows teachers to monitor on
the devices used during the class.
Using the content distribution
solution, a team of pedagogical experts select and create appropriate
content. The content gets automatically pushed from a central server
to the server appliance, which is located at each school. There the
content is accessible to the students and teacher via the local area
Wi-Fi network, which is fast and reliable regardless of the school
The server appliance also provides
firewall protection, caching, and other networking services that
every school requires. With one-time configuration, the server
appliance requires no further support to maintain its performance,
and is even remotely accessible should a problem arise.
Students can access learning content
from the Office of the Basic Education Commission and Intel’s
provided content from Skoool, Wikipedia, and Khan Academy through the
server appliance of the school.