Fujitsu Supports Thailand’s Chulalongkorn University Demonstration Primary and Secondary Schools’ Efforts to Implement Education Support System with Tablets
Providing a collaborative learning environment where each student’s way of thinking can be visualized
Tokyo and Bangkok, February 2, 2015 – Fujitsu Limited and Fujitsu Systems Business Thailand today announced their joint development of an education support system for the Kingdom of Thailand’s Chulalongkorn University Demonstration Primary and Secondary Schools. The full-scale operation of this system will commence on February 3 for the secondary school and on April 1 for the primary school.
Classes that utilize this system will benefit from “Opinion Sharing System,” which enables students to input their ideas or answers to questions onto a tablet, which can then be immediately displayed by the instructor on an electronic blackboard to be shared with the entire class. It can also simultaneously display multiple answers and a comparative display of specific answers, enabling effective collaborative learning.
By using the “Learning Management System” instructors can significantly improve the efficiency of managing learning materials, usage logs of assignments or materials used, and the attendance records, work submitted, and test results of each student, making it easy to provide support tailored to the tendencies and educational progress of individual students based on the analysis results of each student’s learning behavior.
Fujitsu and Fujitsu Systems Business Thailand will upon completion of the system’s development manage system operations and provide operation support. They will also train and deploy ICT support personnel in Thailand, who will plan effective curricula and provide advice on system utilization, thereby comprehensively supporting classes using this system.
By utilizing this system, Chulalongkorn University Demonstration Primary and Secondary Schools will work to drive further use of ICT in primary and secondary education in the ASEAN region.
Chulalongkorn University Demonstration Primary and Secondary Schools (established: 1958; total number of students: 2780), along with Thailand’s highest institution of learning, Chulalongkorn University, are leaders in advanced education and in fostering the development of students in the ASEAN region.
Fujitsu started a student performance management system field trial (*1) with Chulalongkorn University in June of 2013, and has been providing operational know-how in the effective use of ICT in education. Chulalongkorn University Demonstration Primary and Secondary Schools highly rated the efficacy of this trial, along with Fujitsu’s experience and know-how in Japan, and participated in the “learning project of tomorrow” (*2) which Fujitsu started in September of 2014, and will now implement this system. Also Chulalongkorn University Demonstration Primary School has made the decision to implement this system as well, apart from the “learning project of tomorrow,” to provide a consistent educational environment to children through elementary, middle and high school.
Features and Effects of the Educational Support System for Chulalongkorn University Demonstration Primary and Secondary Schools
This system utilizes Fujitsu’s tablet for enterprise customers, FUJITSU Tablet STYLISTIC Q555, FUJITSU Tablet ARROWS Tab Q704/H, FUJITSU Tablet ARROWS TabTab Q584/H, the FUJITSU Server PRIMERGY TX120 S3 PC server, the Fujitsu’s Opinion Sharing System for classroom, and Fujitsu’s Learning Management System for course management.
In developing this system, Fujitsu and Fujitsu Systems Business Thailand have for the first time translated Fujitsu’s Opinion Sharing System into Thai. In addition, they have adapted Fujitsu’s Learning Management System, which is provided to universities in Japan, for lesson support in elementary and middle schools, and developed an educational support system specifically for use by Chulalongkorn University Demonstration Primary and Secondary Schools.
- Starting with equipment installation for one class
For one class each for both elementary school and secondary school the system will provide around 40 tablets for students and approximately 20 tablets for instructors, and one server for the maintenance of learning history and teaching materials. Moving forward, as students and instructors become more familiar with using ICT, the scale of the system can be expanded, reducing the burden of initial introduction for the school.
Scale of the system
Chulalongkorn University Demonstration Primary School: 1 server, 43 tablets for pupils, 15 tablets for instructors
Chulalongkorn University Demonstration Secondary School: 1 server, 40 tablets for students, 20 tablets for instructors
- Activation of collaborative learning with Opinion Sharing System
Fujitsu’s Opinion Sharing System is a solution that streamlines effective collaborative learning, which enables the instructor to instantly display on an electronic blackboard opinions and answers to questions that have been input into tablets by students so that the information can be shared by the entire class. With this solution, student ideas displayed on an electronic blackboard can be selected and enlarged, and while aggregates or charts are displayed, text or figures can be added with a pen, enabling active and effective collaborative learning. In addition, with the ability to conduct individualized communication between instructors and each student the system can be adapted to the characteristics of each student.
- Management of learning history with Learning Management System
Recording teaching resources and materials, assignments, tests, reports, and attendance records into Learning Management System is useful in promoting operational efficiency and enhancing learning results for both instructors and students.
Instructors will be able to manage lessons according to subject and chronological order, significantly raising efficiency and reducing the time needed for lesson preparation, recording, and archiving. Also, because of the “Learning Chart” features, whether or not a student studied beforehand or if the student properly handed in a certain assignment can be indicated on a chart through each student’s learning activity history, so that this information can be utilized for lesson improvements and detailed instruction.
Moreover, students can refer to teaching materials and submit tests and assignments from their tablets. In addition, as their own learning activity histories can be referenced, students can go back and look at test and report results and comments from instructors.
- Future Feature Enhancements
By March 2015, Fujitsu’s Learning Repository System l, which is being used by schools participating in the “learning project of tomorrow” in Japan, is scheduled to be translated into Thai and incorporated into this system. When using this solution and repeating the process of preparing and implementing class instruction, instruction data, such as dates and course subjections, are stored, with all learning materials and images of blackboards used are automatically attached. To create an educational environment that offers students a rich learning experience, Fujitsu will promote the use of this data in instruction research and in information exchanges among schools participating in the “learning project of tomorrow.”
Fujitsu intends to use the development of this system for the Chulalongkorn University Demonstration Primary and Secondary Schools as an opportunity to further expand its initiatives in the field of education in Asia.
Glossary and Notes
- Student performance management system field trial:
A field trial commenced in June 2013 at Chulalongkorn University of a student performance management system based on FUJITSU Education Solution Campusmate-J/Student series of student support systems. By integrating a wide variety of data relating student activities, including student grades and extracurricular activities, it unifies information needed by instructors and advisors for student support. It is used by faculty members and other school staff to provide advice and counseling to students and improve education and other services provided to students.
- Learning project of tomorrow:
A project designed to support the creation of a learning environments suitable for the 21st Century, in which Fujitsu provides software and equipment necessary for lessons utilizing ICT in the classroom to a total of six elementary schools and middle schools, comprising five schools in different regions across Japan, and one secondary school in the ASEAN region.
“Fujitsu Initiates ‘Learning Project of Tomorrow’ for an Era in Which Every Student Has a Tablet” (Press release dated October 16, 2014):
“Fujitsu and Chulalongkorn University Launch Field Trials for Student Performance Management System to Enhance Student Support” (Press release dated June 19, 2013):
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