Thailand’s ICT Ministry is
cooperating with Chulalongkorn University Demonstration School
(elementary level) to pilot IT applications that could improve
teaching effectiveness and education quality, under the national
Smart Education plan.
TOT, a State-owned telecom company, and
a team of programmers have developed applications have developed
educational software for the tablets. The Ministry is to pilot the
educational tablets at the Chulalongkorn University Demonstration
It seeks to promote information
technology as a medium of instruction in the school, improving
effectiveness of education delivery, and enabling teachers to track
the students’ progress and manage records efficiently.
Minister for ICT, Anudith Nakornthap,
said, “With the ‘One Tablet PC per Child’ programme, the
Ministry of ICT has accelerated the development of information
technology for the education sector to meet international standards”.
The educational software is compatible
with popular platforms, such as Windows, iOS and Android, in order to
increase educational opportunities and encourage students to make
extensive use of the tablets, the Minister added.
“Patterns of educational instruction
are changing, as modern IT applications are developed for the
education sector. This, combined with better connected government
agencies and cloud services, has changed the potential of innovation
in the education sector”, remarked the Minister.
In addition to IT infrastructure, he
highlighted the need for developing curriculum standards, developing
teachers’ IT skills and promoting research and evaluation in order
to create sustainable transformation in the education sector.
The Minister shared, “The Thailand
Smart Education programme is currently in pilot stage, and based on
the results, the tablets will be extended to other schools in the
future. The programme looks to transform the learning paradigm with a
learner-centred development model and one-to-one digital classrooms.
The programme aims to instil lifelong learning and allow students to
learn from anywhere, at any time”.