Bangkok – September 19, 2018: Google Thailand has partnered with the U.S. Mission in Thailand to offer digital literacy training to university teachers and students as well as schools in the vicinity at the American Corners at Chiang Mai University, Mahasarakham University, Yala Rajabhat University, and Prince of Songkla University (Pattani Campus) under the theme of “Digital Literacy for Education Equality.” Digital literacy courses will offer both theoretical and practical training for a better understanding of technology and its uses. Training sessions will run from June 2018 through 2019.
The objectives of the training program are to narrow the digital divide and to promote equal educational opportunities. The training serves to better equip students with technological literacy and skills to prepare them to enter the workforce.
The training program will cover digital citizenship skills, digital etiquette, and cybersecurity. The training program covers four main topics; 50 students and 20 teachers will attend sessions on each of four main topics:
1. G–Suite for Education: The use of Google services for education purposes including Google Docs, Sheets, Slides and Form
2. Google for Digital Economy including AdWords, Google My Business, etc.
3. Google Maps and Earth: Learning how to use and explore the Earth to help increase critical thinking skills
4. YouTube: Using YouTube to create video content and draw attention from followers and audiences
Ben King, Country Director, Google Thailand, said “Our partnership with the U.S. Embassy’s American Corners are part of our efforts to provide Thais – including those in rural areas – with the opportunity to learn about digital literacy and citizenship skills. We hope that the training course will help students realize the importance of technology in their classrooms and everyday life, become familiar with the digital world, and prepare themselves for their future jobs in the real world.”
U.S. Ambassador to Thailand Glyn T. Davies, said “The U.S. Embassy in Bangkok is proud to partner with Google to teach students the technology skills they will need as citizens, young professionals, and business leaders in Thailand. Hosting these sessions on university campuses at our American Corner in four of Thailand’s provinces ensures that this cutting–edge skills training is widespread throughout the Kingdom.”
Our American Corners serve as American cultural centers that promote science, technology, engineering and mathematics (STEM) education, English teaching and promote study in the United States.