Back in 2011, Thai Government leading by PM. Yingluck, decided to make a deal to bring an estimated one million tablets to student at the ages of 6 to 8 to all the school students in Thailand.
The purpose of this campaign is not just an e-book for students but a tablet. They can use it to surf the internet, play interactive educational games while at the same time using it in art and writing skills. In addition, to remove the gap of education opportunities. And the campaign lunched it first distribution in 2012.
At that time, we do not know if it is the right decision or not. There are many factor involved, control of use, teacher skills, how to train the teachers.
But there is a Thai Research on the outcome of the students using computers/technologies:
The finding shows that using computers for educational purposes has small, but it also has positive effects on student performance (between one to two points for sciences and math subjects).
There is evidence similar to the Thai one in Peru, where they give the tablets to student as well. They have the research result in two group of students:
The researchers compared and analyzed the data and discovered that there was not a significant difference between the test and control groups.
The outcome of the research tends to have the positive result, but it does not seem to be significant. There is also a further research for a long term use of tablet, they suggests on developing contextualized content, ensuring usability, providing teacher support, and assessing learning outcomes.
In my opinion, I, myself as a Thai, do not agree with the campaign of giving over the tablet to a school students especially at their early age, 6-8 years old. Because they are not capable enough to what they should use for, they should have used it under the parent control or have limit use. In addition, giving over the tablet to school also becomes the responsibility to the teachers which does not seem to be enough for the number of children in Thailand. Also, the issues of technologies skills of the teacher are problem itself. Then, it becomes the cycles of if students has been under control of the purpose of the use.
Moreover, there is still discussion with the outcome of the campaign if it is the students or it is actually a politics game to win the vote. What are you thinking?