Microsoft recognizes talented Thai teachers using technology to build youth 21st-century skills

Bangkok –
November 2014
Microsoft (Thailand) Limited, led by Haresh Khoobchandani, Managing Director, celebrated the winners of the Thailand Innovative Teachers Leadership Awards 2014. The winners were graciously granted an audience to receive their trophies from Her Royal Highness Princess Maha Chakri Sirindhorn at Dusit Palace.

10 Innovative Teachers
10 Innovative Teachers

November 09, 2014
Haresh Khoobchandani, Managing Director, Microsoft (Thailand) Limited, together with Somsak Mukdavannakorn, Public Director Sector and Supoet Srinutapong, Public Sector Program Lead, congratulate to the winners of Thailand Innovative Teachers Leadership Awards 2014.

The Thailand Innovative Teachers Leadership Awards has been running in Thailand for ten years, aiming to encourage teachers nationwide to use technology to enhance students’ learning experiences in their classroom. This local initiative is part of Microsoft’s Partners in Learning program (PiL). Through PiL, Microsoft collaborates with partners around the world to build a global network and community of teachers to help them take new approaches to teaching and learning, using technology to help students develop 21st-century skills.

“Microsoft’s PiL Program demonstrated how easy-to-use Microsoft technology can benefit students. By joining the program, we have also been connected to a network of innovative teachers around Thailand and the world to share experience and knowledge,” said Chao Suwanchon, Kanlayanee Si Thammarat School, Nakhon Si Thammarat, one of this year winners. “The integration of technology into the classroom not only leads to improved grades. By transforming classes with digitally connected activities, we open up opportunities to practice new ways of thinking and working. Students can improve their social and communication skill while also building the basic technical skills that will create greater employability down the road.”

Ms. Samon Tarapan, a Thailand Innovative Teacher in technology and vocational skills at Loeianukulwittaya School in Loei Province, commented that, “Bringing technology into the classroom, beyond stimulating interest among students, also builds critical thinking and problem-solving skills. They begin to think outside the box and be better to innovate on behalf of their communities and society, not to mention becoming more employable in future.”

Mr. Khoobchandani said, “We are proud to empower teachers and students around the world to make a positive change in society while embracing 21st-century skills. Microsoft is a passionate believer in the power of education and technology, in alignment with our mission to make 70 million lives better in Thailand.

“Technology is an enabler not a solution. We believe that the effective infusion of technology into the learning process requires a holistic vision with great effort from teachers. That’s why we place so much importance on the Partners in Learning program. Microsoft’s PiL has been running in Thailand for over ten years. With support from Ministry of Education, we have already trained 164,000 teachers nationwide from 9,000 schools to date.”

Microsoft Corporation also holds annual event called ‘Microsoft in Education Global Forum’ to showcase projects undertaken by PiL teachers around the world and allow them to exchange ideas and share insights among themselves. Earlier this year, Khadiyah Armanakun, English teacher at the Anuban Betong (Suphap anusorn) School in Yala, was selected as a representative from Thailand to join the global forum in Barcelona, Spain, during 11-14 March 2014. Out of more than 22,000 entries worldwide, she was selected to represent Thailand as one of 250 teachers at this global forum for innovative educators.

Internationally, Microsoft has invested USD 10 billion (THB 300 billion) in education in the last five years with Microsoft Thailand’s contribution to education standing at USD 5.2 million (THB 156 million). Through these efforts Microsoft Thailand has trained 560,000 teachers and school leaders since 2003.

10 winners of

Thailand Innovative Teachers Leadership Awards 2014

  • Chakrabongse Chandrawongsa, Bodindecha (Sing Singhaseni) school, Bangkok

  • Chao Suwanchon, Kanlayanee Si Thammarat School, Nakhon Si Thammarat

  • Nawin Kawee, Thumpin Wittayakom School, Phayao

  • Mana Intarasawang, Suksanari School, Bangkok

  • Samorn Tarapun, Loeianukulwittaya School, Loei

  • Sitthisak Chindawong, Sisaket Wittayalai School, Sisaket

  • Sukunya Mungsong, Fangchanupathum School, Chiang Mai

  • Apiwat Wongkanha, Hok Sib Pansa Wittayakom School, Ubon Ratchathani

  • Awattha Klinthien, Satri Angthong School, Ang Thong

  • I-yu Mudchudchoo, Ban To School, Yala

10 Innovative Teachers
10 Innovative Teachers

November 09, 2014



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