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« Reply #30 on: August 30, 2012, 03:59:00 PM »
That's a bit harsh, really. How can people who order thousands of tablets without knowing how they could be used be expected to know that it's a simple job for someone who knows what he's doing?

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Re: TABLETS learning - disrupted by the devices' short battery life
« Reply #31 on: September 03, 2012, 11:47:52 AM »
Tablet batteries barely included

Pupils, teachers, working with free PCs given out by the government say they are struggling to keep them switched on
First-graders who have been given tablet computers have complained their learning has been disrupted by the devices' short battery life.

Children at Wat Donthong School in Chachoengsao focus intently on their tablet computers provided by the government.

Teachers and education administrators at two schools in this province have also raised concerns over the issue during a visit by the Bangkok Post.


"Teacher! My tablet is showing an orange sign," a Prathom 1, or first grade, pupil at Wat Donthong School said as he raised his hand to alert his teacher to the problem.

The teacher, Thipparat Polsen, told her 40 students to always pay attention to the battery level icon at the bottom right of the tablet's screen.

When the icon turns orange, it means there is about 10% of the battery power left. The students then have to turn off the computers and ask to share with fellow students whose devices still have battery life.

The batteries tend to last no more than three hours, although the manual said they should last for at least six hours of continous use, Ms Thipparat said.

At the school, the tablet curriculum is designated as an additional tool to help students learn five core subjects _ social studies, mathematics, Thai, English and science.

There are about 400 first-graders studying in 10 classrooms at Wat Donthong School.

Eighty of them are waiting to receive the Chinese-made devices.

Ms Thipparat said she could not charge all the tablets at the same time because the school did not have adequate power outlets. Each of the tablets take as long as five hours to be fully charged.

"It is a big burden for teachers and we have to stay at school longer in the evening to charge them as we cannot let our young students do it themselves," she said.

She said the use of tablets for the children's learning had both pros and cons.

The biggest benefit was that students concentrated more in class, with some students calling for more learning hours with the devices.

In the past, one of her pupils would often cry when being dropped off at school by his parents, but the teacher said the tablets have helped him to enjoy and look forward to his classes.

Wat Nakhon Nueang Khet School in the same province is also experiencing the same problem of the tablets' limited battery life.

The school has 49 first-graders who have already received tablet computers.

"They can be used for only a few hours and need five hours to be fully charged," Prathom 1 teacher Pattaya Laipradit said.

As a result, teaching through the tablets has been restricted to only one hour a day.

Another problem the school has faced since receiving the tablets is that the devices have no mechanism to automatically cut the power supply once they are fully charged.

The Chachoengsao primary education service area office realised the problem and plans to invest in battery charger sets which include breakers and timers.

Without an auto cut-off system, the tablets would get very hot if they were left charging for a long time. This could shorten their working life, said Narong Junjaroenvongsa, the office's education supervisor.

Once acquired, the teachers could set a time for the breakers to automatically cut off the power supply to ensure safety, he said.

Kawinkiat Nonthapala, the office director, said that the idea could be a model for other schools.

He said the office also planned to create its own lessons about Asean and about the province, such as the history of the famous Sothorn Buddha Image and Bang Prokong River.

"The tablets are being bought with taxpayers' money, so the students should be getting the most out of them," he said, adding the tablet programme should be allowed to run for at least three months before any evaluation was made.

Chachoengsao has about 5,000 first-graders and 1,959 tablets have already been distributed to students at 40 schools under the Office of the Basic Education Commission.
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« Reply #32 on: September 03, 2012, 12:55:54 PM »
Was it not the short battery life that caused the first consignment to be be rejected?

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Re: TABLETS Govt brushes off tablet PC battery critics
« Reply #33 on: September 04, 2012, 07:37:00 PM »
The Information and Communication Technology (ICT) Ministry has shrugged off complaints from some teachers about the short battery life of the tablet PCs issued under the one-tablet-per-child project, saying it has yet to receive any reports on the issue.

"Let's say, if we find about 8,600 units, tablets, or 1% of the total 860,000 units, have gone bad, we can then raise the issue for an urgent replacement," said ICT Minister Anudith Nakornthap.

The ICT Ministry expects to deliver a total of 860,000 tablets to Prathom 1 (Grade 1) students through the Education Ministry by next month.

The first batch of 430,000 tablets passed a quality test last month.

The second lot of another 430,000 tablets will be shipped to the ICT Ministry for quality inspection by the end of this month.

Gp Capt Anudith said the tablets are required under official specifications to carry a battery power supply of 3,000 mAh (milliampere-hour), enabling users to use the devices for about six hours.

The battery life, however, also depends on the way the device is used and the content downloaded.

He said Shenzhen Scope Scientific Development is in the process of checking with battery suppliers to get an assurance that their product can supply power for the tablets for six hours.

Nuttawut Piriyageranan, deputy managing director of The System Co, the operator of service centres for Scope, admitted that the tablets take as long as five hours to charge fully and they have no auto cut-off system. He insisted, however, that over-charging the battery is safe.

An electronic engineer, who tested the tablet, said charging devices without the auto cut-off system does not harm users, but will shorten the battery life.

He said the short battery life that has given rise to the complaints may be caused by multimedia content or learning programmes preloaded in the tablets.

The source suggested that the Education Ministry convert Flash animation files to Adobe Air files to reduce the power used up by the programmes.

He said use of the devices should be reduced to three hours a day in order to prolong the tablets' lifespan.

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Re: Expert: Tablet PCs slow brain development in children
« Reply #34 on: September 06, 2012, 04:27:16 PM »
BANGKOK, 6 September 2012 (NNT) – An expert in children brain and development has revealed that tablet computers for first grade students can slow down their brain development.

Dr Chanpen Chooprapawan, an expert in children brain and development commented that tablets may create negative effects to the society. She said that by using tablets, children under 12 will not use their upper brain, as they are not learning from the real environment.

According to her, a magnetic resonance imaging (MRI) scan shows three parts of human brain. The first part is for survival such as breathing. The second part makes human a social creature by loving their families and friends, and the third part is the upper brain, which builds creativity and imaginations. Dr Chanpen stated that by being in the virtual reality when using the tablet, the upper brain stops functioning, leading to a slowdown in brain growth.

The expert stated that children under 12 have to be exposed to as many different environments as possible so they can use all of their six senses. She pointed out that human cannot skip development, especially at young age. She implied that teenagers, who already have strong foundation with natural steps of brain development, can then choose to learn through tablets.

The government has launched the one tablet per child policy in the middle of this year as part of its populist policy. The tablets are being distributed to schools in an alphabetical order of provincial names.
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« Reply #35 on: September 06, 2012, 05:20:41 PM »
I wonder what poor standards of education do to upper brain development.

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Re: Self-Luminous Tablet Can Affect Evening Melatonin, Delaying Sleep
« Reply #36 on: September 06, 2012, 05:46:09 PM »
I removed the smiley dont want john mackinroe upset

Light From Self-Luminous Tablet Computers Can Affect Evening Melatonin, Delaying Sleep

A new study from the Lighting Research Center (LRC) at Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute shows that a two-hour exposure to electronic devices with self-luminous “backlit” displays causes melatonin suppression, which might lead to delayed bedtimes, especially in teens.

The research team, led by Mariana Figueiro, associate professor at Rensselaer and director of the LRC’s Light and Health Program, tested the effects of self-luminous tablets on melatonin suppression. In order to simulate typical usage of these devices, 13 individuals used self-luminous tablets to read, play games, and watch movies. Results of the study, titled “Light level and duration of exposure determine the impact of self-luminous tablets on melatonin suppression,” were recently published in the journal Applied Ergonomics.

“Our study shows that a two-hour exposure to light from self-luminous electronic displays can suppress melatonin by about 22 percent. Stimulating the human circadian system to this level may affect sleep in those using the devices prior to bedtime,” said Figueiro.

The actual melatonin suppression values after 60 minutes were very similar to those estimated using a predictive model of human circadian phototransduction for one-hour light exposures. “Based on these results, display manufacturers can use our model to determine how their products could affect circadian system regulation,” said Figueiro.

The results of this study, together with the LRC predictive model of human circadian phototransduction, could urge manufacturers to design more “circadian-friendly” electronic devices that could either increase or decrease circadian stimulation depending on the time of day—reducing circadian stimulation in the evening for a better night’s sleep, and increasing in the morning to encourage alertness. In the future, manufacturers might be able to use data and predictive models to design tablets for tailored daytime light exposures that minimize symptoms of seasonal affective disorder, and sleep disorders in seniors. Individuals would be able to receive light treatments while playing games or watching movies, making light therapy much more enjoyable than just sitting in front of a light box.   

Along with Figueiro, co-authors of the study are LRC Director and Professor Mark S. Rea, LRC Research Specialist Brittany Wood, and LRC Research Nurse Barbara Plitnick.

Melatonin is a hormone produced by the pineal gland at night and under conditions of darkness in both diurnal and nocturnal species. It is a “timing messenger,” signaling nighttime information throughout the body. Exposure to light at night, especially short-wavelength light, can slow or even cease nocturnal melatonin production. Suppression of melatonin by light at night resulting in circadian disruption has been implicated in sleep disturbances, increased risk for diabetes and obesity, as well as increased risk for more serious diseases, such as breast cancer, if circadian disruption occurs for many consecutive years, such as in nightshift workers.

“Technology developments have led to bigger and brighter televisions, computer screens, and cell phones,” said Wood, who used the study as the basis for her master’s thesis. “To produce white light, these electronic devices must emit light at short wavelengths, which makes them potential sources for suppressing or delaying the onset of melatonin in the evening, reducing sleep duration and disrupting sleep. This is particularly worrisome in populations such as young adults and adolescents, who already tend to be night owls.” 

In the study, the participants were divided into three groups. The first group viewed their tablets through a pair of clear goggles fitted with 470-nm (blue) light from light emitting diodes (LEDs). This was a “true positive” condition because the blue light is known to be a strong stimulus for suppressing melatonin. The second group viewed their tablets through orange-tinted glasses, capable of filtering out the short-wavelength radiation that can suppress melatonin; this was the “dark control” condition. The third group did not wear glasses or goggles. Each tablet was set to full brightness.

In order to accurately record personal light exposures during the experiment, each subject wore a Dimesimeter close to the eye. The Dimesimeter is a small calibrated light meter device developed by the LRC that continuously records circadian light and activity levels. Last year, international magazine The Scientist named the LRC’s Dimesimeter as one of the “Top 10 Innovations of 2011.”

The research team established that duration of exposure and the distance between the eye and the display, which determines the amount of light reaching the back of the eye, affects melatonin levels. Melatonin suppression after a one-hour exposure to the tablet was not significantly affected. However, after a two-hour exposure there was significant suppression.

The type of task being performed on the tablets also determines how much light is delivered to the cornea and, therefore, the impact on evening melatonin levels. As shown by the team’s Dimesimeter measurements, the range of photopic illuminance levels at the cornea from the tablets alone varied from 5 lux, which is not likely to affect melatonin, to over 50 lux, which would result in measurable melatonin suppression after a two-hour exposure. Therefore, before any generalizations can be made, it is important to measure how much light one is receiving from these self-luminous devices.

Until manufacturers develop more “circadian-friendly” electronic devices that increase or decrease light exposure based on time of day, Figueiro has several recommendations to reduce their effects on sleep. “We recommended dimming these devices at night as much as possible in order to minimize melatonin suppression, and limiting the amount of time spent using these devices prior to bedtime.”

The study was funded by Sharp Laboratories of America.

Published August 27, 2012
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Re: TABLETS "We are ready for service,"
« Reply #37 on: September 17, 2012, 11:15:46 AM »
Local company to service school tablets

CHACHOENGSAO : Computer maintenance outlets stand ready to provide after-sales service for tablet computers provided to schools under the government's One Tablet PC Per Child scheme.

The Chinese tablet manufacturer, Shenzhen Scope Scientific Development, has signed an agreement with local firm Advice Distribution to run tablet maintenance and repair centres.

Scope offered a two-year warranty for the devices it has made under the scheme, and 114 maintenance outlets have been opened nationwide so far.

About half the 800,000 tablets which the company is making under the scheme have been delivered.

The Bangkok Post visited the repair centre in Chachoengsao, in a shophouse on Mahachakkapat Road.

"We are ready for service," technician supervisor Nattarue-takorn Chantana said. The centre has two technicians trained by Scope.

He said if defects arise as a result of normal use within 15 days of delivery, the company will replace tablets with a new device within five working days.

"Each centre can fix tablet software problems immediately, but if a hardware problem is found and we cannot fix it, the device will be sent to our headquarters in Bangkok," he said.

Advice's website says the warranty covers damage incurred from normal use, excluding accidents and incorrect use.

Sumalee Raksakij, a teacher at Wat Donthong School in Chachoengsao province, said she did not know where the tablet maintenance centre is located.

"I just have heard that a tablet repair centre is located in the province, but I don't know where. So when I have a problem with it, I will ask the school's IT staff to fix it," said Ms Sumalee, who supervises use of the tablet computer.

Teachers at the school said they were concerned about the Education Ministry's policy allowing schools to decide whether students can take home the tablets.

"Personally, I think Prathom 1 students are too young to take care of the devices, so they should not let them take the tablets home," she said.

Nuttawut Piriyageranan, deputy managing director of Thai Joint Venture System, parent company of Advice Distribution, said defects had been reported in about 200 tablets nationwide.

Nattarue-takorn Chantana, a computer technician supervisor at a maintenance outlet in Chachoengsao set up to provide after-sales service for tablet computers under the government’s One Tablet PC Per Child scheme.
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Re: Govt moves to e-auctions for tablets
« Reply #38 on: October 06, 2012, 12:24:11 PM »
The government has changed the future procurement method for tablet computers for Prathom 1 (Grade 1) and Mathayom 1 (Grade 7) students.

A meeting of the tablet management committee was held yesterday at the Education Ministry to discuss their approach to procurement.

The government plans to buy 550,000 more tablets for Prathom 1 students under the Office of the Basic Education Commission (Obec) in the next academic year.

They will also buy 637,000 more for Mathayom 1 students in the second semester of the current academic year.

However, procurement will now be done by e-auctions rather than by government-to-government (G-to-G) agreements.

The government earlier procured more than 800,000 tablet computers for Prathom 1 pupils from Chinese supplier Shenzhen Scope Scientific Development Co, which successfully won the bid under a Thai-Chinese G-to-G deal.

"In the e-auctions, suppliers in this country and overseas will be allowed to compete equally," Education Minister Suchart Thada-Thamrongvech said.

Mr Suchart said the committee planned to set a reference price for the tablets and then choose the suppliers who offered the best prices and specifications.

ICT Minister Anudith Nakornthap yesterday said there would be several e-auction rounds.

He added that about 30,000 schools countrywide would have access to 100Mbps high-speed internet connections by next year in order to further support education using tablet computers.

Obec secretary-general Chinnapat Bhumirat said problems were found in only 0.05% of the first batch of around 400,000 tablets that have already been distributed to students.

Most of these problems, he said, arose from incorrect usage such as overcharging batteries

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« Reply #39 on: October 10, 2012, 08:48:23 AM »
Obec probes blank tablet claims

It's not possible that computer tablets issued under the “One Tablet Per Child's initiative for Prathom 1 pupils would have no content at all, the Office of the Basic Education Commis-sion (Obec) said yesterday.
 The manufacturer, Shen-zhen Scope Scientific Development, is required to load the tablets, and the Information and Communi-cations Technology Ministry inspects the devices upon receipt, Obec chief Chinna-pat Bhumirat explained.

 Obec has prescribed four types of content - e-books, learning objects, multimedia and applications - to be installed on the devices.

 Tablets without any content were reported by educational-zone offices in Nakhon Ratchasima and Amnat Charoen, but those devices might have been procured by the schools themselves, Chinnapat said, adding that Obec officials were investigating.

 Chinnapat yesterday presided over an Obec executives' meeting about the Prathom 1 and Mathayom 1 tablet procurement in the fiscal year 2013. They discussed whether the bidding might be divided into zones to ensure efficiency and competitive bidding, as well as reducing risks, he said

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« Reply #40 on: October 12, 2012, 11:13:56 AM »
MPs are told of troubles with tablets

BANGKOK: -- The are many problems with the government's "One Tablet Per Student" initiative for Prathom 1 students, a Democrat member of the House's ICT committee said yesterday.

Songkhla MP Sirichok Sopa said only 700 out of 30,000 schools have wireless Internet connections for the tablets. Students aren't allowed to take the tablets home and they are only allowed to use them two hours a day. The panel was also told that the battery-charging cords are sub-standard and pose a risk of power leakage and electric shock.

The TOT spent Bt200 million to hire a private company to make software to prevent the children from accessing to pornographic sites, the panel was told.

Some tablets were broken, mainly due to incomplete operating systems. They were sent for repairs, but the exact number of broken tablets was not known.

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Re: School tablets to get B120m internet filter
« Reply #41 on: October 17, 2012, 12:18:03 PM »
The government has decided to install an internet access control system in all tablet computers distributed to Prathom 1 students, or first graders.

Information and Communication Technology (ICT) Minister Anudith Nakornthap said the system, technically called the authentication system, aimed to prevent young users from opening inappropriate websites.

Installing the system will cost about 120 million baht and the state telecom enterprise TOT Plc will be responsible for it. Once installed, students will be unable to open websites blacklisted by the ICT Ministry.

Gp Capt Anudith said the system would be installed in all tablet computers before the next academic year opens.

Surapol Nawamawat, adviser to ICT minister, said the installation cost was small compared to a vaccine which children take to keep them safe from harm.

"But personally, I do not believe first graders will intentionally open porn sites," he added.

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« Reply #42 on: October 17, 2012, 12:19:49 PM »
There wasn't much thinking ahead, was there?

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« Reply #43 on: October 17, 2012, 05:38:51 PM »
Wait till they discover what a proxy is.

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Re: TABLETS ♦ Chinese offer promises tablets for all Thai students
« Reply #44 on: October 30, 2012, 08:56:14 PM »
China has offered to provide a massive loan for the full implementation of Thailand's One Tablet Per Child scheme.

Prime Minister Yingluck Shinawatra Tuesday informed the Education Ministry of the offer.

"The loan will be huge enough to procure tablets for all school students," the ministry's permanent-secretary Panita Kamphu na Ayutthaya said.

This year, the Thai government ordered 900,000 tablets from a Chinese supplier via the government-to-government arrangement.

Currently, the projected number of tablets is high enough to supply Pathom 1 students only.

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Re: TABLETS ♦ Thai govt to buy 1.69m computers at 4 auctions
« Reply #45 on: November 16, 2012, 11:56:16 AM »
1.69M devices to be bought at 4 auctions

Olarn to head panel drafting terms; Thai firms look to bid

BANGKOK: -- The government will purchase 1.69 million computer tablets for first graders and first-year high school students in four lots through e-auctions.

Education Minister Pongthep Thepkanjana said Dr Olarn Chaiprawat has been appointed chairman of a panel tasked with writing the terms of reference for the e-auctions. He said that since the purchase involves a large number of tablets, the government had decided to hold four e-auctions to be held on the same day. Both Thai and foreign companies will be allowed to take part.

"Dividing the auction into four lots will encourage more companies to bid, making the auction more competitive and enabling the government to get the lowest price,'' Pongthep said.

The Education Ministry's reference price in last year's purchase of tablets was Bt2,470, and it hopes that this year it can get a lower price. The Basic Education Department (BED) has been instructed to draft a time frame for tablet procurement that will ensure that students receive the devices before the opening of the 2013 school year.

Pongthep dismissed as impossible a report that the government might this year provide all students in every grade with computer tablets, by seeking foreign loans and grants. If there was such a plan, he said, it would have to be implemented in 2014 because such a mega-project requires much planning. Pongthep nevertheless said if there was any change in the government's existing policy, the plan could be scrapped in order to cater to the new policy.

BED secretary-general Chinnapatr Phummirat said the tablets would mostly be supplied to students of schools under the jurisdiction of the Education and Interior ministries. Of the 1.69 million tablets, his department will purchase 1.2 million for schools under the jurisdiction of the Education Ministry, of which 574,826 are for first graders and 656,884 are for first-year high-school students. The department has been allocated Bt4.4 billion to be used not only for purchases but also operational expenses.

Of the funds to be used in purchasing 1.69 million tablets, Bt933 million is allocated from the Interior Ministry, Bt5.4 billion from the Education Ministry and Bt72 million from other government agencies.

Anek Ratpiyapaporn, adviser to the BED, said the department has identified the specifications of the computer tablets for both grades with a mean price of Bt2,800, which is higher than last year because of higher specifications. The department wants the tablets to have both back and front cameras. Although the department did not require a camera function in the tablets last year, all tablets had front cameras but they did not function effectively.

Anek reasoned that having cameras is useful for some activities, for instance allowing students to scan bar codes. The department also wants to increase RAM from 512MB to 1 gigabyte and increase the speed from 1.2GHz to 1.5GHz. The size of the screen remains the same. The specifications however are yet to pass public hearing procedures.

Meanwhile, D Com Group executive Wikorn Wiwitthakunaporn said his company was waiting for clarity on the bidding for the new lot of tablets, which was likely to give an opportunity to Thai firms. He said the company had marketed tablet products including Bt3,000 tablets, and was confident that post-sales service was an area in which Thai companies had the upper hand over competitors because most already had post-sales service centres.

The bidding model that would most benefit Thai operators was bidding by educational zone or by school, as used in the Office of Basic Education Commission (Obec)'s computer procurement method, Wikorn said. "We're not worried about hardware because, at this price range, the products would come mainly from China, but the difference is the post-sales service, in which local brands would have the upper hand over foreign companies," he said. He expected the new tablet lot would require a budget of Bt2 billion, like the previous tablet lot - but still a lot cheaper than the Bt4 billion required for the Obec computer procurement two years ago.

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« Reply #46 on: December 11, 2012, 09:35:02 AM »

Second tablet auction planned

Plans by the government to move ahead with a second tablet auction looks likely by next month with a budget of 4.48 billion baht.

Prathom 1 students at Sukha Naree school in Nakhon Ratchasima province get a chance to use free tablet computers at school for the first time on Sept 11 this year. PRASIT TANGPRASERT

An additional 1.6 million tablets are expected to be distributed in May under the One Tablet per Child project.

Another 848,817 units are to be delivered to Prathom 1 students, with the remaining supply to Mathayom 1 students, said a source close to the deal.

"The draft specification for the tender document is expected to be published on the Office of the Basic Education Commission's (Obec) website next week," he added.

The source said the government intends to use an e-auction this time, dividing the country into four zones by region. The auction will be held on one day.

Last year the government signed a government-to-government contract to purchase 860,000 tablets worth 2.4 billion baht from Shenzhen Scope Scientific Development, the maker of Scopad.

The Chinese maker won the initial contract to supply tablets with a price of US$81 per unit, or 2,470 baht.

The source said the median price of a tablet for Prathom 1 students is set at 2,720 baht.

The tablet will have government specifications of a seven-inch display with a camera resolution of 1024x600 pixels, a minimum 1.5-gigahertz dual-core processor unit, one gigabyte of RAM, eight gigabytes of storage memory, 3,600 milliampere hours of lithium polymer battery life, and continuous Wi-Fi internet access for at least three hours.

The source added the median tablet price for Mathayom 1 students is 2,820 baht.

The tender document will require bidders to have experience manufacturing tablets for at least two years. Their tablets must pass a drop test from 50 centimetres and carry a one-year warranty.

The winner must commit to deliver the products in four batches within 105 days after the contract is signed.

Lei Xue Zhou, general manager of Scope (Thailand), confirmed the company will bid in the second tablet auction.

Watchai Vilailuck, president of Samart Corporation, told the Bangkok Post Samart will also join the auction as it has some Chinese partners making tablets. Samart also has service shops nationwide.

Sawat Erbchokchai, research and development director at Forth Corporation, a local tablet maker, confirmed his company will also bid next year. But he asked the government to scrap the condition requiring bidders to have two years of experience in making tablets as it is likely to impede the entry of local companies to join.

Jeerawut Wongpimonporn, the country general manager of Lenovo (Thailand), the world's largest computer maker, said the tablet specifications and low prices are not convincing international brand computer makers to participate.

Harry Yang, managing director of Acer (Thailand), the world's fourth-largest PC maker, said the company needs to see final bidding terms, prices and conditions before deciding whether to bid.

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Re: 2m tablet deliveries delayed ♦ suprise suprise
« Reply #47 on: March 07, 2013, 10:14:20 AM »
The delivery of the second batch of nearly 2 million tablet computers to students across the country will be delayed for several months

The tablets were originally scheduled to be distributed to students and their teachers by the start of the new semester on May 16.

The devices, however, will not be delivered on time, said Education Deputy Minister Sermsak Pongpanich, who chaired the subcommittee overseeing the tablet programme.

The subpanel responsible for drafting the terms of reference for the e-auction failed to complete its draft on time, which has caused the delay.

The plan calls for more than 1.8 million tablet computers to be handed out to Prathom 1 (Grade 1) and Mathayom 1 (Grade 7) students as part of the government's "one tablet per child policy".

The terms of reference for the electronic auctions to buy the devices were to be finalised before March 13 and the date of the e-auction was set for April 25. "The procurement contract will now be signed in May and the tablets delivered within 90 days of that," he said. The tablets will be handed out no later than September.

Once the cabinet approves the terms of reference for the auction, the Office of the Basic Education Commission (Obec) will announce bidding as open.

Chinnapat Bhumirat, secretary-general of Obec, said each education jurisdiction is required to sign its own procurement contract with the tablet companies. The organisations are the Department of Local Administration; Bangkok Metropolitan Administration; Pattaya Administration; the Bunditpatanasilpa Institute; the Office of the Permanent Secretary; the Office of Higher Education Commission; the National Office of Buddhism; the Royal Thai Police Office; and the Institute of Physical Education.

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Re: Experts: Child Tablet may be gateway to online gambling
« Reply #48 on: May 07, 2013, 07:23:10 PM »
Bangkok, 7 May 2013, (NNT)
 Academics have urged government agencies to come up with policies to prevent students from falling victim to online gambling.

Mr. Paisan Limsatit (ไพศาล ลิ้มสถิต), an academic from Health Laws and Ethics Center ,Thammasat University, stated during a meeting on gambling prevention among youths, that, according to records, 16.7 million people regularly visit online casino related websites; more than half of that figure are youths aged between 15-19 year-old.

Mr. Paisan said even though the activities of the youngsters mainly involve listening to streaming music, watching online VDO, using social network, or emails, the word 'casino' appears in 1,548 items from app store search engines.

App store can easily be accessed from any tablet connected to the internet.

He urged the government and other related agencies to establish clear policies regarding online gambling, showing concerns that children can access these online casino effortlessly via the tablets from the government's One Child One Tablet scheme.

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Re: Tablets thrust Thai classrooms into digital era
« Reply #49 on: June 18, 2013, 11:14:15 AM »
MAE CHAN, June 18, 2013 (AFP) -
In a rural classroom in the Thai highlands, hill tribe children energetically slide their fingertips over tablet computer screens practicing everything from English to mathematics and music.

The disadvantaged students are part of an ambitious scheme by the kingdom to distribute millions of the handheld devices in its schools in a move supporters hope will boost national education standards.

For opponents of the plan, however, it is an expensive gimmick designed to boost the popularity of the ruling party among parents -- and the next generation of voters.

At Ban San Kong school in Mae Chan in the northern province of Chiang Rai, 90 children received a tablet computer last year as part of the "One Tablet Per Child" policy that was part of the government's election campaign in 2011.

Previously the school had only a few desktop computers with limited Internet access.

Now, with headphones over their ears for one hour a day during class, the students use the devices for activities including singing English songs, watching cartoons about the life of Thailand's revered King Bhumibol and playing math games.

With the school year just beginning, and the new tablet content yet to arrive, they are left to revise their lessons of the previous year as their teacher Siriporn Wichaipanid sits and watches.

She has received no specific training for using the tablets and seems at a bit of a loss.

"I have some knowledge. At home, I use an iPad," she said. But "if I don't understand, I don't know how to teach the children".

For the students -- mostly from ethnic minority Akha hill tribe communities for whom Thai is not their mother tongue -- using the tablets has been a positive experience, according to the school.

"The students cannot speak Thai very well but they can hear sounds more clearly from the tablets and repeat them," said their teacher from the previous year, Wannawadee Somdang.

"Some of them dare not ask questions. It's easier when they listen to the tablets."

For now only two of the 90 students are allowed to take the computers with them after class to use in their homes, which often lack electricity.

"They don't have Wi-Fi and it's not convenient for them to charge the batteries. And most importantly their parents have no knowledge about the tablets," said school principal Uthai Moonmueangkham.

But using devices that would normally be out of reach for the kingdom's poorest children is progress, even if it is only just one hour a day, he said.

"They have the same opportunities as those in the city," Uthai said.

Reducing the "education gap" between the urban rich and rural poor is one aim of the project, said Surapol Navamavadhand, an advisor to the minister of information and communication technology.

By the end of 2014, the government plans to distribute handheld computers to 13 million school children at a cost of about $100 each -- a total of $1.3 billion -- and then replace them every two years.

About 850,000 Chinese-made devices have already been given out, and the government says it will soon launch a tender offer for another batch of about 1.7 million tablets, in what it has described as the world's largest handout of the devices for education.

Experts warn that the computers offer no guarantee of an increase in education standards.

The tablets are "just another tool" like a pencil, according to Jonghwi Park, an education technology specialist at UNESCO in Bangkok.

"It's not about what to use, it's about how to use it," she said, urging governments considering introducing new technology for learning to think hard about whether it will really help them achieve their goals.

Critics of the Thai education system say much more radical changes are needed.

"If you want to deal with the education in Thailand, I can tell you that the whole system must be demolished," said Somphong Chitradub, an associate professor specialised in child education at Bangkok's Chulalongkorn University.

"Our classrooms are passive, tiring and boring," he said.

Most Thai children are encouraged to memorise information and "lack courage to express opinions", he added.

As a result, while other Asian nations fared well in the most recent global education survey by the Organisation for Economic Co-operation and Development in 2009, Thailand came about 50th out of 65 countries in the rankings for reading, maths and science.

A mediocre performance compared with other nations that "focus a lot on process of thinking", admitted Rangsan Maneelek, an advisor to the education ministry.

While the Thai education system places importance on whether the answer is right or wrong, other nations look at how students reached their conclusion, he said.

But he added that the tablets would help by enabling students to "surf the world for knowledge".

And if some people worry about the possibility of children using the computers to look at pornography or play violent video games, others stress the need to prepare students for the digital era.

"For the kids these days, one of the most important capacities... for them to live in the 21st century is to know how to integrate those devices into their life," UNESCO's Park said.

"Without those skills, they cannot get a job."

Anyone who goes to a psychiatrist should have his head examined.

Offline Johnnie F.

Re: Tablets thrust Thai classrooms into digital era
« Reply #50 on: June 18, 2013, 01:07:06 PM »
"Without those skills, they cannot get a job."

...and people believing themselves to be overly-skilled won't try an easier job, will "rather keep waiting for an adequate job".
Fun is the one thing that money can't buy

Offline thaiga

Re: Obec considers cash-coupon plan for tablets
« Reply #51 on: October 01, 2013, 11:42:20 AM »
The Office of Basic Education Commission (Obec) is considering the idea of handing out Bt3,000 cash coupons to parents so they can purchase tablet PCs for their children in the upcoming academic year, Anek Ratpiyapaporn, director of Obec's Technology for Teaching and Learning Office, said yesterday.

The idea - under which parents can buy their child a China-made tablet or a better brand if they cover the difference - was raised at a seminar on September 22 and is not yet finalised, he said. The seminar was held to discuss the policy of distributing tablet computers to Prathom 1 and Mathayom 1 students.

Aim to 'help the government'

Anek went on to say that the cash-coupon plan was seen as a way of helping with the state agency's procurement problems as some people thought the |procurement of tablets for |this academic year was rather slow.

An informed source reported that the government signed a contract with two bid-winning companies last week and the first batch of tablet computers should be delivered to Prathom 1 students in the Central, South, North and Northeast regions in 35 days after the signing of the deal. Tablet computers should also be delivered to Mathayom 1 pupils in the North and Northeast during the same period.

Bids for delivering tablet computers in the Central and South were previously cancelled and the company involved has now filed an appeal with the Comptroller-General's Department.

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Anyone who goes to a psychiatrist should have his head examined.


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« Reply #52 on: October 01, 2013, 11:47:36 AM »
These people really are clueless beyond yet another cash flow scheme.