Published on Nov 13, 2002
Thamonwan Rummaneeyanon, or
“Cherry”, 12, a Grade 7 student at Satri Sri Suriyothai
School, is trying to understand her on-screen computer course.
Not quite comprehending how application software differs from
operating systems, she clicks on the “chat mode” function and
poses her quandary directly to her teacher.
teacher, in this case, happens to be on the other side of the
Later, Cherry needs some additional help in
completing the assignment, so she switches to “chat” again and
discusses it with her fellow students.
They, too, are
many kilometres away.
Welcome to the new realm of
online study, in which students and teachers at different
schools can “meet”, discuss and study in the same virtual
Students are cybernetically linked to
undertake the same course of study at the same
The “School on the Net” was set up two years ago
by the Institute for the Promotion of Science and Technology
Its aim is to encourage eight schools nationwide
to pool resources and abilities via the World Wide
Already equipped with basic knowledge about
computers and software, these students learn to write software
programs and design graphics, Web pages and multimedia
The project has been sufficiently
successful that it is being extended to include junior
secondary students this year.
Once logged on, the
participants can simultaneously or individually access their
assigned subject content at http://oho.ipst.ac.th, says
Poonsak Sakkatatiyakul, a teacher at Satri Si Suriyothai
They’re encouraged to interact, electronically
discussing and sharing ideas with classmates and teachers near
Teachers at each school together developed the
course curriculum for the virtual classroom.
says the content of the Basic Information Technology and
Computer course is divided into nine parts, with each school
tackling the nine components and the IPST covering other
Timetables for each subject are set in advance
to give teachers adequate opportunity to prepare.
when it comes to study time, students have at least nine
teachers they can call on for help,” Poonsak
“Since the student and the teacher aren’t
necessarily in the same location, the ‘chat room’ is there for
them to communicate promptly.”
Geared to self-learning,
the project gives students the chance to study and practise on
their own, finish and submit their assignments, including
homework, and take tests.
As one of some 9,600 students
at the eight schools linked to the project, Cherry says it’s
been quite helpful and has made her more familiar with
computers and the Internet.
“Apart from the studies, it
shows me how to search for information on the Internet, so it
becomes easier for me to complete a report to submit to the