First tablets distributed

First tablets distributed

PM Yingluck began the distribution of tablet computers to a small group of children at Government House yesterday, saying that their use should be carefully assessed.

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Prime Minister Yingluck and children at the official launch of the One Tablet PC Per Child scheme at Government House yesterday. Photos by CHANAT KATANYU

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Yingluck wants tablet use tracked

Lamphai Intathep

It didn’t take the children long to get started with their new “toys”.

Prime Minister Yingluck Shinawatra wants teachers to assess how much first-grade students who have received tablet computers from the government have learned from using the PCs.

"Teachers should collect data on the students' learning development when they have studied using the computers," Ms Yingluck said during the official launch of the One Tablet PC Per Child scheme at Government House yesterday.

The government plans to distribute the Chinese-made computers to all Prathom 1 (Grade 1) students in this academic year and then extend distribution to Mathayom 1 (Grade 6) students.

"This scheme is not only about handing out tablet computers to children. We would like to increase knowledge beyond textbooks for our children. That is our goal," the premier said, adding that she believed Prathom 1 students could swiftly adjust to the technology.

She said children would not be able to access improper online content, saying all inappropriate websites will be blocked.

She said the scheme would benefit pupils in remote areas who lack access to learning resources, especially textbooks.

The tablets contain all the content for Prathom 1 students that is required by the Education Ministry, she said.

Information and Communication Technology Minister Anudith Nakornthap yesterday said the testing of 2,000 tablets sent for trials found no problems.

The devices were manufactured by Shenzhen Scope Scientific Development.

"We have already told the company to start production," Mr Anudith said.

Pratom 1 educational content has been pre-installed on the tablets.

The minister also affirmed that the company can manufacture about 25,000 tablets a day and the next batch of 400,000 tablets would reach Thailand by the end of next month.

A second procurement agreement will be made to buy more tablets for the remaining Prathom 1 students across the country. Education Minister Suchart Thada-Thamrongvech yesterday said the ministry would hold training on tablet use for about 50,000 teachers.

launch – an event to celebrate or introduce something new การเริ่มปฏิบัติการ, การออกตัวของสินค้า
scheme – a plan that is developed by a government or large organisation in order to provide a particular service for people  แผนการ โครงการ
track – to follow the development or progress of something  ติดตาม
assess – to carefully consider a situation, person, or problem in order to make a judgment ประเมิณสถานการณ์
data – facts or information used for making calculations or decisions ข้อมูล
distribute – to give something to a group of people แจกจ่าย
academic year – school year ปีการศึกษา
extend – to include something more   ขยายออกไป
textbook – a book that teaches a particular subject and that is used especially in schools and colleges  หนังสือเรียน, ตำรับตำรา
goal – aim; purpose เป้าหมาย จุดมุ่งหมาย
swiftly – happening quickly อย่างรวดเร็ว  โดยด่วน
adjust – to get used to a new situation by changing your ideas or the way you do things ปรับตัว
access – having the opportunity to have or use something มีโอกาสในการใช้
improper – not suited or appropriate to the situation ไม่เหมาะสม ไม่สมควร
content – the subject, ideas, or story that a piece of writing, radio or television programme, etc., deals with เนื้อหา,สาระ
inappropriate – unsuitable ซึ่งไม่เหมาะสม
block – to stop something from being done or from succeeding ปิดกั้น,  กีดขวาง
benefit – to help someone มีประโยชน์ต่อ
remote – far away from other cities, towns, or people ที่ห่างไกล
lack – to not have something needed  ขาด
resources – things that you need to achieve something ทรัพยากรที่มีอยู่
trial – a test, usually over a limited period of time, to discover how effective or suitable something or someone is การทดลอง, การทดสอบ
device – a machine or piece of equipment that does a particular job อุปกรณ์ เครื่องมือ เครื่องจักร
manufacture – to make and produce a product ผลิต
affirm – to say or show that something is true ยืนยัน, รับรอง
batch – a group of things or people dealt with at the same time or considered similar in type ชุด, กลุ่ม
procurement – the process of buying supplies or equipment for a government department or company การจัดซื้อวัสดุ เครื่องมือสำหรับบริษัท หรือหน่วยงานของรัฐ

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