Look at 4 schools. Examples of using Google for Education for hybrid learning

Google Announces Partnership with Schools in Thailand to Prepare Students and Teachers for the Hybrid Era, where technology will be combined with traditional teaching such that learning and teaching will occur both online and in physical classrooms. This supports the company’s mission to “leave no Thai behind”, which ensures that everyone has access to a great learning experience, and every student can realize their full learning potential no matter where they are.

Today, Google shared inspiring stories of how four local Thai schools have transformed teaching and learning by using Google for Education tools, which comprise both hardware and software products that help educators and students collaborate easily and enrich their learning experiences.

Mattayom Watnairong School

Matthayom Watnairong School is the first of such schools. Ms. Thippaporn Sadao, Deputy Head of Science and Technology Department, said: “As part of its language and technological integration, Matthayom Watnairong School since 2013 have implemented Google for Education as part of the quality development for teaching and learning. Together with the use of Google Classroom, the school efficiently enhanced the learning and teaching experiences among students and teachers. Furthermore, the school has promoted the use of Chromebooks where teachers and students are allowed to borrow the device which enables them to learn wherever they are.”

Rittiyawannalai School

Ms. Sumana Tigulwong, School Director, Rittiyawannalai School, said that her school wanted to “reinvent classroom activities” by using technology to create interactive learning experiences that promote collaboration and creativity. “At the same time, we were looking for tools that would help our teachers save time and do their work more efficiently,” she recalled. “So we started a project with a small group of students and teachers, where we incorporated Google for Education tools and Chromebooks into their classroom activities. Based on scoring rubrics used under the supervision of Chulalongkorn University researchers, the students’ average score for creativity, collaboration, and critical thinking rose from 50/100 to 68/100 after a three-month period. In addition, 85% of the teachers noticed improvement in the collaborative skills of their students, while 62% of them also strongly agreed that learning became more efficient, and that the students engaged in classroom activities more enthusiastically.”

Panyarat High School

The third school that Google works with is Panyarat High School. Ms. Orrawee Rattanapian, School Manager, pointed out that the school had already begun using Google for Education tools since 2011 and Chromebooks before the COVID-19 pandemic happened. However, when the school switched to remote learning during the pandemic, it wanted to further improve the online learning experience for their students and teachers. She said: “We adopted Chrome Education Upgrade, which has helped to boost our teachers’ capabilities and performance by equipping them with more useful features like advanced administrative and security tools. Moreover, we have seen our students acquire additional skills from learning virtually – particularly around communication and collaboration.”

Princess Chulabhorn Science High School Loei

Finally, at Princess Chulabhorn Science High School Loei, students actively collaborate on science activities with Japanese peers and other Princess Chulabhorn affiliate schools, as part of project-based learning. Mr. Pradchayakorn Hodmalee, Deputy Director, said: “Google for Education tools like Google Docs enable our students to connect and work with students from all over the world, which have helped them learn from others who may not be similar to them, and develop a world view. These tools have also enabled our teachers to work with other teachers within our affiliate school network to co-create the syllabus and lesson plans”

At present, Google for Education is used by more than 170 million students and educators all over the world. Google Classroom, a core service of Google for Education, is an all-in-one tool where educators, students and even parents can work together on lessons and coursework. As of 2021, Google Classroom has helped more than 150 million students, educators, and school leaders around the world in teaching and learning. Other services offered by Google by Education include collaboration tools like Google Docs, Google Sheets, Google Slides, and Google Forms, which help students and teachers work together on assignments and projects, as well as communication tools like Google Meet, Gmail, and Chat, which help teachers and students stay connected and engaged.

Ms. Saranee Boonritthongchai, Country Marketing Manager of Google Thailand, said: “The future of education is hybrid. This means that in the event of future pandemics or any scenarios that could impact teaching and learning in physical classrooms, we must be prepared to adapt our ways of teaching to ensure that learning can continue. As Thailand embarks on this new, important era of hybrid learning, we will continue to evolve Google for Education tools to provide even greater flexibility for schools to deliver high-quality online and on-site lessons, so that students and teachers can access a great learning experience no matter where they are.”

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