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Update May 26, 2016

CMU launches smart classroom at Faculty of Business Administration

Assoc. Prof. Dr.Siriwuth Buranapira, Dean of Faculty of Business Administration, Chiang Mai University and Monton Mungkornkarn, Director of B2B (Business to Business) of Thai Samsung Electronics Co., Ltd is joined by lecturers and Samsung staff at the launch of the new Smart Classroom.

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The Faculty of Business Administration at Chiang Mai University launched the first Smart Classroom in Northern Thailand on May 23, 2016. The new Smart Classroom allows for smarter learning with the latest technology from Samsung.

Assoc. Prof. Dr.Siriwuth Buranapira, Dean of Faculty of Business Administration, Chiang Mai University and Monton Mungkornkarn, Director of B2B (Business to Business) of Thai Samsung Electronics Co., Ltd. chaired the press conference and launch of the new digital learning system at CMU’s Faculty of Business Administration.

Samsung’s new Smart Classroom was launched at the Faculty of Business Administration at Chiang Mai University to enable new digital learning experiences for CMU students.

Assoc. Prof. Dr. Siriwuth Buranapira, Dean of Faculty of Business Administration, Chiang Mai University, said “The Faculty has been interested in Smart Classroom solutions because we have been aware that the leading-edge technology and innovation are useful and would be an important part to support effectiveness of interaction between teachers and students. As a result, students will be able to provide learning exchange with others in Realtime leading to more learning development.”

He added, “Our students will be able to work and meet requirements of various organizations. We believe that atmosphere of the Smart Classroom would improve education of the Faculty and will be a prototype for other universities in provinces in the North.”

The Faculty of Business Administration, Chiang Mai University brought Samsung VDO Wall, Samsung E-board, and other Learning Solutions to be installed in two classrooms that have a capacity for more than 200 people.

Dr. Siriwuth said, “As a result, the solutions will lead to learning and teaching in large and middle-sized classrooms, and the Auditorium for more effective cooperation. Apart from modern technology attracting students’ interest, the technology in the Smart Classroom can record lectures and convert to electronic media to easily link with eLearning system. This will increase the ability of the Faculty to make a variety of learning media with more convenience and faster time required. The Faculty of Business Administration, Chiang Mai University has been interested in long term cooperation with Samsung to develop education innovation in the future,” he concluded.

Monton Mungkornkarn, Director of B2B (Business to Business) of Thai Samsung Electronics Co.,Ltd., said that Samsung was trend leader in bringing Smart Classroom into schools, adding that is starting to be widely used in many countries, although it is still in early stages in Thailand. Samsung purposed solutions for education called “Samsung Smart Classroom” which was installed for education development in many schools and universities, such as Assumption School Rama II Campus for English program, Rangsit University, and others. He said that the Faculty of Business Administration, Chiang Mai University has been the first important alliance in the North and will be prototype for other universities in provinces nearby.

Smart Classroom’s outstanding feature is a new style of interactive learning between lecturer and student allowing for efficient communication via Samsung products like the Samsung VDO Wall, Samsung E-board, Samsung Galaxy Tab S2. The system offers special solutions designed for simultaneous communication and learning between lecturer and learners. For example, students can show their works and opinion via Samsung Galaxy Tab S2 to the E-board in front of classroom. The lecturer can examine students’ learning in the classroom to make sure that students understand the lecture. He added that it will be another channel to capture students’ interest during class.

Monton concluded that apart from cooperation with Faculty of Business Administration, Chiang Mai University, Samsung plans to expand the Smart Classroom Solution to other leading schools and universities in North to support learning and teaching and to develop education through innovation and technology from Samsung.


Update May 20, 2016

APIS kids raise funds for Mae Tao Clinic

American Pacific International School students raised funds for the Mae Tao Clinic in Mae Sot and present the funds to Chiang Mai International Rotary Club secretary Jerry Nelson.

By Jerry Nelson
They set the intention, they planned the steps, they carried out the work, and the rewards were amazing. I’m humbled to have been a small part of this story. Let’s start from the very beginning. I am a member of the Chiang Mai International Rotary Club, the only English speaking club in Chiang Mai.

The APIS students with their teachers and the Tree Of Life that was presented to Rotarian Jerry Nelson.

A few months ago, Rotarian Cindy Johnson introduced me to a charming young teacher named Mrs. Loren. Mrs. Loren, who teaches a class of middle school children at American Pacific International School (APIS), had developed a program designed to teach the children social responsibility through community service. Having learned about my work with the Mae Tao Clinic, she asked me if I’d be willing to come to APIS and talk to their seventh and eighth graders about the clinic and the situation along the Thai / Burma border. I was delighted to accept but also a bit intimidated, because middle school children, at least in the United States, can be very challenging.

The APIS kids were welcomed by the Chiang Mai International Rotary Club members to their regular meeting, held Tuesdays at 7:30 PM at Hong Kong Lucky Restaurant on Ratchadamnoen Road.

As it turns out, the students are amazing young people. At first they were a bit shy, even reserved. However, as the short time allotted went by, they relaxed and allowed their inquisitive selves to engage in conversation and even a bit of banter. The students surprised me by bringing a list of prepared questions. These seventh and eighth graders wanted to know all about what life is like for children on the border. An hour and a half of questions and answers went by all too quickly, and I left feeling like I’d made some small contribution, which I didn’t realize until later was an understatement.

After the class, Mrs. Loren and Ms. Jen (APIS English Language Acquisition teacher) shared with me their surprise at how I had managed to keep the interest of all the students, especially two who apparently are well known for their inattentiveness. It wasn’t me, it wasn’t my presentation skill, and it certainly wasn’t charisma. Clearly it was the material. I was talking about the Mae Tao Clinic, and my love for the people and the mission shone through! I went home feeling like I’d had a great day, but once again, I underestimated the effect.

It wasn’t until a few days later, when I learned that the children had requested to start a fundraiser for the Mae Tao Clinic, that I truly understood the impact my talk had on them. They worked diligently and carried out a variety of responsibilities: they hosted a movie night, they sold snacks and drinks during their break time, they made posters to promote the event, they collected donated items from all the grades, and they sold “Hope Bands,” colorful band-aids which contained written message of hope. At the same time, Mrs. Muyassar, the school’s art teacher, helped the children create a beautiful 3 panel painting called the “The Tree of Hope.” All the students contributed to this communal work of art by individually designing a paper circle with a message of hope and gluing it to the tree. All this and more they presented to Chiang Mai International Rotary on 17 May. The money they raised was a very significant 15,000 baht, which has already been donated to the Child Protection Training Program. The “Tree of Hope” will be presented at the Grand Opening of the new clinic on 28 May.


Update May 4, 2016

Two CMU students win regional GMS-ASEAN awards

Anuwat Jeeboonmee, a postgraduate student in the field of Southeast Asian Studies and Suthinant Duangphummet, a 3rd year undergraduate student studying International Organization, both at Chiang Mai University, took home awards at the GMS – ASEAN Student Network 2016 Project Contest held in Vietnam last month. In all ten students from Chiang Mai University attended the contest.

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Two students from Chiang Mai University took home awards from the GMS – ASEAN Student Network 2016 Project Contest held in Vietnam last month, one in public speaking and the other for a research project.

The Study Center of the Greater Mekong Sub region (GMSS Center) in conjunction with the Student Quality Development Department, Faculty of Political Science and Public Administration at Chiang Mai University led ten undergraduate and post graduate students to take part in the contest held in Hanoi from March 24 – 27, 2016.

Chiang Mai University students Anuwat Jeeboonmee and Suthinant Duangphummet took home awards from the GMS – ASEAN Student Network 2016 Project Contest.

Anuwat Jeeboonmee, a postgraduate student in the field of Southeast Asian Studies, Faculty of Political Science and Public Administration won the Best Research award for his research paper entitled “Thailand's Policy on Education for Migrant Children " in poster form and presentation.

Suthinant Duangphummet, a 3rd year undergraduate student studying International Organization at the Faculty of Political Science and Public Administration won the best Speech Contest Award, under the topic entitled, "Youth's Perspectives on ASEAN Community".


HEADLINES [click on headline to view story] :

CMU launches smart classroom at Faculty of Business Administration

APIS kids raise funds for Mae Tao Clinic

Two CMU students win regional GMS-ASEAN awards

 


 



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