The Bangkok Metropolitan Administration (BMA) plans to extend the implementation of the Google Classroom project to all schools under its jurisdiction within the next three years.
Deputy Bangkok Governor Sanon Wangsrangboon announced the successful trial of the project at Thainiyomsongkroa School in Bang Khen district over a full term and under this initiative, every student is provided with a refurbished laptop for both home and classroom use. The project places significant importance on “learning connectivity and data accessibility.”
The laptops are equipped with Google Classroom, a free application for schools that enables teachers and students to access and collaborate on documents and projects online. Google has been testing the system for several years, with 9 million students already enrolled in Japan. Google Classroom has already been adopted in Indonesia and is now being introduced in Thailand.
The deputy governor noted that the BMA had accepted the donation of the used notebooks, which were refurbished before being distributed to students. These notebooks are then installed with a new operating system that relies heavily on cloud computing, allowing old computers to perform a wider range of tasks while reducing hardware costs. He added that the project also includes teacher training.
According to Sanon, students have provided positive feedback and expressed a desire for the project to continue. Furthermore, he said the project is expected to be implemented for all 437 schools under the BMA’s administration by 2026, providing children with innovative educational possibilities while protecting them from inappropriate websites or online information. (NNT)