"This programme is aimed at testing the effectiveness of tablet-PCs as learning devices in the classroom,” said Bangkok Deputy Governor Taya Teepsuwan
The programme 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 four schools.
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.