The Apple iPad certainly boosted the profile of tablets worldwide – and this time around, the Thai Ministry of Education is said to be distributing the first batch of 600 tablet PCs to selected schools. A study will be performed to get an idea on the kind of impact that they will have in the classroom in the long run, and whether it is viable to continue implementing tablet use in classrooms throughout the country after that. Of course, this undertaking is going to cost a whole lot, which is why Sahaviriya OA Public Company stood behind the Thai government by donating the tablets as part of their one-tablet-per-child policy.
According to Education Minister Woravat Au-apinyakul, his ministry will distribute the computers to pre-selected groups of Prathom 1 and 4 students (Grades 1 and 4) from a grand total of five pilot schools the moment these tablets arrive from the ICT Ministry. Said study will also take the opportunity to figure out just what kind of impact it will make on children’s eyesight, writing and reading skills.