The government in Thailand is out to promote education in the country by putting more emphasis on digital learning via tablet devices. In its bid to impart quality education that matches the best in the world, the government has drawn up the national Smart Education Plan, which involves studying via tablets loaded with educational apps. Towards this end, the government is collaborating with the Chulalongkorn University Demonstration School to sort out all issues before the plan is rolled out in other centers of education.
“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,” said the Minister for ICT, Anudith Nakornthap.
The above move reflects the growing trend now evident worldwide where information technology, along with suitable mobile computing devices such as tablets, is seen playing a key role in the education segment. There has been a growing demand of late for tablets among the student community who otherwise would have opted for a notebook or a laptop device.
The Thai Smart Education Plan involves the development of education apps that are compliant with Windows, iOS, and Android in order to create suitable curriculum. With tablet devices as the primary means of imparting education, teachers will be better equipped to track students’ progress as well as effective record management.
“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,” said the minister.