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'Smart' classrooms to replace tablet project

A committee, comprised of 10 agencies, yesterday agreed to build "smart" classrooms that will be equipped with iPad-standard devices and will cost between Bt300,000 and Bt600,000. The project will replace the previous government's "One Tablet Per Child" policy.

After a meeting with the panel yesterday, Office of Basic Education Commission (Obec) deputy chief Kamol Rodklai said the first step would be to rename the project to "IT Development for Education" as the Bt4 billion earmarked for the tablets would be spent on the 'smart classroom' project.

He explained that agencies would build smart classrooms for schools under their supervision, adding that an Obec-proposed model would be used as the minimum standard. Under the Obec model, schools would be equipped with portable computers of equivalent to iPads, he said.

Smart classrooms would come in three sizes: a 20-device room (costing Bt300,000), a 40-device room requiring Bt400,000 and a 50-device room requiring Bt600,000. Based on this, funds earmarked for the tablet project could be used to build smart classrooms in 15,000 schools.

Details would be submitted to the Social Psychology Group and the National Council for Peace and Order for consideration this week, he said.




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