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  • TECH

    HOTSTUFF

    Published on 02/01/2010

    » What' up in the world of gadgets and trends for the coming year!

  • LEARNING

    Wild goose chase

    Learningpost, Edward Roy Krishnan, PHD, Published on 05/01/2010

    » According to Peter Airasian, the author of education assessment textbooks, "assessment is the process of collecting, synthesizing and interpreting information to aid classroom decision-making. It includes information gathered about pupils, instruction and classroom climate". I particularly like this definition because it is comprehensive. When taken seriously and applied in schools, this approach to assessment produces a significant difference in the way students learn and continue learning.

  • LEARNING

    Children on the margins

    Outlook, Vasana Chinvarakorn, Published on 07/01/2010

    » There is light in the eyes of these children as they laugh. It shines out of the darkness that surrounds them. Under the fluorescent glare, the youngsters are giggling or convulsing with laughter at the performances of their peers. One by one, they take turns staging one-of-a-kind shows - shadow and hand puppetry, a live theatre and singing skit, and even traditional ethnic Shan dances during which some appreciative audience members present the amateur performers with small cash gifts. The memorable night will no doubt be cherished by the youths for years to come. It's a rare opportunity for the 30 stateless children in Chiang Mai to spend three days learning the basics of art and producing this unique "festival" together.

  • LEARNING

    The Healing power of a horse

    Mylife, Anjira Assavanonda, Published on 07/01/2010

    » It was Tuesday morning and a group of parents and children were gathering, as usual, around the horse training stable within the Mounted Police Division 4 on Ekachai Road in Bang Bon district.

  • TECH

    Talk is cheap

    Database, Published on 13/01/2010

    » Technology monitor Fast Market Research of America reported that domestic Thai consumers and companies bought $2.7 billion worth of computers in 2009 - almost 89 billion baht in real money; the research firm said this was "slight growth" from 2008; the report said personal computers still had only about 14 percent market penetration, leaving lots of room for future growth; phone sales will continue to be dominated by lower-priced handsets, the report confirmed (see later item in this summary); the last full report showed overall electronics sales in Thailand around $4.9 billion in 2008 - 163 billion baht in today's currency.

  • TECH

    Thunderbird gets more improvements

    Database, Wanda Sloan, Published on 13/01/2010

    » Many computer users, including Database readers, prefer - or are leaning towards - handling all their email in the cloud. But I know that many wouldn't think of taking their regular email duties away from their desktops.

  • TECH

    Cracking good time

    Database, Published on 13/01/2010

    » German tech nerd Karsten Nohl showed off at the Chaos Communication Conference in Berlin how he cracked the encryption that you were trusting to keep your phone calls un-tappable throughout Thailand; the researcher proved it would be pretty simple to crack any GSM encryption; he said the 20-year-old encryption algorithm used by most GSM companies is simply too weak, and can be cracked by anyone who really cares; he released all the data, cracking tables and instructions, but did not give away an actual cracking program, because that might be illegal.

  • LEARNING

    What's in a name? Plenty in this country

    Brunch, Andrew Biggs, Published on 17/01/2010

    » There is a building not far from my home in salubrious Samut Prakan that I happen to pass whenever I take a shortcut to Sukhumvit Road. It's a boring, designless concrete factory or shop or something or other. And out the very front, in very big letters, is the name of the business: "NEWISH GERMS".

  • LEARNING

    Somwung opens up on enhancing teacher quality

    Learningpost, Published on 19/01/2010

    » 'Quality of education is the only thing that is going to move Thailand to a better position,'' said Prof Emeritus Somwung Pitiyanuwat, PhD. Before leaving his position as acting director of the Office for National Education Standards and Quality Assessment (Onesqa), he gave an exclusive interview to ''Education'' on his vision on improving the quality of teachers in Thailand. Below are edited excerpts.

  • LEARNING

    Classroom procedures

    Learningpost, Edward Roy Krishnan, PHD, Published on 19/01/2010

    » Teaching entails preparing and delivering course content, as well as setting up and sustaining the effective context for learning. While the former is easily accomplished, the latter can cause significant stress.

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