Intel Microelectronics, Thailand is donating 3000 PCs to 60 government-based schools under its project 'ICT for Education' with the help from the Ministry of Education.
The delivery would be completed in two years by donating 1,125 desktop PCs and 195 notebook computers in 2007 and 1,680 PCs in 2008. A total of 150 mobile PCs are the Classmate model, designed to be rugged and durable and suitable for children's day-to-day use. The Classmate PCs are small with only 7-inch screen and a child-friendly form factor for classroom use. Meanwhile, the 2,850 PCs are equipped with Pentium M processors that reduce heat, with a thin 15-inch screen. All 3,000 notebook and desktop computers come with wireless features with 802.11g standard Wi-Fi that allows students to access the Internet wirelessly. All devices come to students with licences for learning software suites, Microsoft XP and an office suite that allows teachers and students to get the most benefit from using computers as a learning tool.
Intel has hired a third party to provide implementation and maintenance services for 60 schools for a year. Intel has already deployed 45 mobile computers in Satit Chula School as the first trial site for the project. The project is not only providing computers but also provides training for teachers to use computers and software as tools to improve learning methods.