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'Smart classrooms' not for all schools: Thailand

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Don't get me started! Often, it's a missing audio cable(@ 65 Baht). Or they let 7th grade students use the teachers' PC => then viruses will infect the teacher's memory stick. Or the PC's USB ports are all "dead". Or ... The upkeep and repair of existing tech doesn't bode well.

"No budget" is the usual excuse. The school has dozens of unpaid final year students from the university. Many have IT skills. Alas,no one cares at a government school. ermm.gif.pagespeed.ce.7f2Kr9k8HC.png

The administration is Byzanthine. (Voucher for gassing up worth all of 400 Baht and endless meetings to pay for a WP. Only to claim the 3,100 back from the hapless foreigner "because the director hasn't signed the approval". Yeah, right. Someone paid for that WP weeks ago!

Now they say they want some kind of a "loan" from the employee, promising to reimburse the amount later on. Why not schedule 2 more meetings of halfan hour to talk this through?!?

Thai teachers should attend a "Culture Course" by Americans on efficient time management!

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Don't get me started! Often, it's a missing audio cable(@ 65 Baht). Or they let 7th grade students use the teachers' PC => then viruses will infect the teacher's memory stick. Or the PC's USB ports are all "dead". Or ... The upkeep and repair of existing tech doesn't bode well.

"No budget" is the usual excuse. The school has dozens of unpaid final year students from the university. Many have IT skills. Alas,no one cares at a government school. ermm.gif.pagespeed.ce.7f2Kr9k8HC.png

The administration is Byzanthine. (Voucher for gassing up worth all of 400 Baht and endless meetings to pay for a WP. Only to claim the 3,100 back from the hapless foreigner "because the director hasn't signed the approval". Yeah, right. Someone paid for that WP weeks ago!

Now they say they want some kind of a "loan" from the employee, promising to reimburse the amount later on. Why not schedule 2 more meetings of halfan hour to talk this through?!?

Thai teachers should attend a "Culture Course" by Americans on efficient time management!

Thai teachers should attend a "Culture Course" by Americans on efficient time management!

The only problem would be that they'll still live in "their Thai time." after such a course about fast food chain management.

Edited by lostinisaan

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I'd like to see educators get away from the all or none approach to technology.

I just saw a study (but can't find it now) that showed how students are willing to take more learning risks with a machine than with a teacher.

Many Thai students are reluctant to ask questions or make mistakes when interacting with a teacher. Not so with a learning app.

I don't know what the hell a smart classroom is. But, I'm all for providing learners with a bunch of learning apps for their smart phone.

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I am sure that we in our school have the most smart classrooms from Thailand because those "free" tablets are still in the box in the corner from the class.

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