1 Million Tablets for Thai Primary 1 Kids

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Thailand buys a million tablets for P1 kids

Postby TTLauPeh » Wed Apr 04, 2012 12:19 pm

More IT-savvy than Singapore:
http://www.asiaone.com/News/AsiaOne%2BN ... 7661.html# Someone please post this on our edu minister's Facebook (I'm not a member).

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1 Million Tablets for Thai Primary 1 Kids

Postby Chenonceau » Wed Apr 04, 2012 12:45 pm

Thailand didn't claim world class standards... but maybe that is what keeps them trying.

http://www.asiaone.com/News/AsiaOne%2BN ... 7661.html#

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Re: 1 Million Tablets for Thai Primary 1 Kids

Postby concern2 » Wed Apr 04, 2012 3:23 pm

I can't say whether I agree with having tablets or not, but if it is to replace the use of text books and the kids no longer need to carry the heavy bag to school everyday, then I'm for it. But perhaps then students will need to have lockers to keep away their tablet when at PE or CCA?

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Re: 1 Million Tablets for Thai Primary 1 Kids

Postby pinky » Wed Apr 04, 2012 3:28 pm

it does affect their eyesight, doesn't it?
1 million tablets ---> 1 million pairs of specs :yikes:

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Re: 1 Million Tablets for Thai Primary 1 Kids

Postby concern2 » Wed Apr 04, 2012 3:54 pm

pinky wrote:it does affect their eyesight, doesn't it?
1 million tablets ---> 1 million pairs of specs :yikes:


:rotflmao: So that's one against tablets? Actually if they are not 'glued' to it like if no installation of games other than school-approved ones are allowed, then maybe it won't be so bad. Myopia is often the result of long hours of usage without breaks - and that includes the use of books :wink:

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Re: 1 Million Tablets for Thai Primary 1 Kids

Postby Chenonceau » Wed Apr 04, 2012 3:59 pm

Just because Thailand does tablets doesn't mean we should... but at least there is an effort to use IT as a platform to ensure flowthrough of educational resources - and in a big way too. 1 million tablets in Thailand. And in Singapore we are told that we have too little resources.

Let's not get stuck just debating the use of tablets... but if people want to debate, they can, I suppose.

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Re: 1 Million Tablets for Thai Primary 1 Kids

Postby pinky » Wed Apr 04, 2012 4:04 pm

concern2 wrote:
pinky wrote:it does affect their eyesight, doesn't it?
1 million tablets ---> 1 million pairs of specs :yikes:


:rotflmao: So that's one against tablets? Actually if they are not 'glued' to it like if no installation of games other than school-approved ones are allowed, then maybe it won't be so bad. Myopia is often the result of long hours of usage without breaks - and that includes the use of books :wink:


maybe their homework load is lighter than ours so hopefully no need to 'glue' to it for long period of time :evil:

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Re: 1 Million Tablets for Thai Primary 1 Kids

Postby concern2 » Wed Apr 04, 2012 4:08 pm

Chenonceau wrote:Just because Thailand does tablets doesn't mean we should... but at least there is an effort to use IT as a platform to ensure flowthrough of educational resources - and in a big way too. 1 million tablets in Thailand. And in Singapore we are told that we have too little resources.

Let's not get stuck just debating the use of tablets... but if people want to debate, they can, I suppose.


Yes, that's a lot of resources. I believe at one time there had been consideration to use, but the thing about technology is that it changes so fast - although I have no idea if it is this reason that it hadn't been adopted. I thought I saw from news some time ago that one independent school has started using iPads - but that's subsidized or out of own pockets I did not follow up.

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Re: 1 Million Tablets for Thai Primary 1 Kids

Postby limlim » Thu Apr 05, 2012 9:00 am

Chenonceau wrote:Just because Thailand does tablets doesn't mean we should... but at least there is an effort to use IT as a platform to ensure flowthrough of educational resources - and in a big way too. 1 million tablets in Thailand. And in Singapore we are told that we have too little resources.


SAF can afford.. MOE can't..?

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Re: 1 Million Tablets for Thai Primary 1 Kids

Postby limlim » Thu Apr 05, 2012 9:04 am

pinky wrote:it does affect their eyesight, doesn't it?
1 million tablets ---> 1 million pairs of specs :yikes:


Many schools are selling "online enrichment programs" to students.. Like mconline, problemsums, AsknLearn etc..

If they expect students to use computers, what reason is there to shy from using iPads?

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