On 3 April 2012 at the meeting room of OBEC the Education Minister Prof. Dr. Suchart Thadathamrongvej and the Secretary-General of the Office of Basic Education Commission (OBEC) Dr. Chinnapat Bhumirat discussed adding additional content for primary students’ mobile tablets.
The Education Minister said that training would soon be provided to teachers and students at primary school level so that they had a good understanding about how to use the tablet and all contents inside. He added that the content would be installed in the internal storage before distributing them to students. They are to be categorized into two types: e-book and e-learning. The e-book, in the PDF format, covers 5 main courses of Thai, mathematics, general sciences, English and social sciences, whereas the e-learning consists of 336 learning items from those 5 main courses. Besides, there are additional useful applications for students of primary level, namely basic English dictionaries, Thai prayer and multiplication tables.
In terms of training, it is designed to be training for trainers in which intensive training will be provided this month to 100 core trainees. Subsequently, the core trainees will give training to 54,900 primary school teachers later with the ratio of 1 trainer for 100 trainees.
Maintenance of the mobile tablet is under the responsibility of the Shenzhen Scope Scientific Development Co. Ltd. from China. However, 77 vocational educational centers throughout the country will fix any minor problems or damage. After the Ministry of Education of Thailand signs an MOU with the Chinese company, the first 2,000 mobile tablets have to be delivered to the OBEC for close inspection. If things go well, 1 million more tablets will be ordered and distributed to Thai students later.
The Minister of Education also stressed how to use the mobile tablet at school effectively as students did not have to use it all the time. Teachers and parents should take care of their children and encourage them to take part in other useful activities that promote learning and critical thinking outside of the classroom. In so doing, the Ministry of Education expects that teaching and learning at school will be improved and knowledge of students, especially those at primary school level, will be developed.