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
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
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
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
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.
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.
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".