Singapore Serious Games Company, Rockmoon Pte Ltd, Gets a Foot-In-the-Door, Brings Its Mobile Application to Chiang Mai

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On 30 November 2012, 100 primary school students immersed in authentic learning in Chiang Mai Zoo using the Trail Shuttle mobile application developed by Singapore's serious games company, Rockmoon Pte Ltd. This Chiang Mai Zoo iTrail Competition served as a platform to kick-start the partnership between Rockmoon and Chiang Mai University’s Knowledge & Innovation Center to set up a learning hub.

Singapore’s serious games company Rockmoon Pte Ltd has gained a foot-in-the-door in Thailand through its partnership with Chiang Mai University’s Knowledge & Innovation Center (KIC) to set up a learning hub.

Named T.H.I.N.K., which is the acronym for Technology Hub for Innovation & Knowledge, the learning hub aims to be a leading educational technology center where educators can explore and experiment the latest ICT tools for classroom of the future-style teaching.

T.H.I.N.K. aims to:

  •     Encourage schools to explore new infocomm technologies (ICT) to make lessons more interactive and exciting for students;
  •     Enable schools to pilot ICT solutions in their classrooms before actual implementation;
  •     Bridge the digital divide through education, and vice versa;
  •     Work with technologists to research and implement new learning solutions.

To kick start this initiative, we conducted a mobile learning seminar cum Chiang Mai Zoo iTrail Competition on 30 November 2012 at the Chiang Mai Zoo.

The mobile learning seminar, attended by educators, provided a platform for exchange of information and sharing of ideas on the use of technology in Thailand and Singapore.

Dr Pradorn, who is Managing Director of Knowledge and Innovation Center at Chiang Mai University, also shared on the preliminary research findings from a Chiang Mai Zoo Trail, which took place on 4 September 2012.
And over at the Chiang Mai Zoo iTrail Competition, 100 primary school students immersed in authentic learning using the Trail Shuttle mobile application on iPads, which allows students to answer quizzes, take photos and videos at various checkpoint within the Chiang Mai Zoo, such as the Panda House, Zoo Aquarium, Koala Zone and Orang Utan Enclosure. The students were intrigued by the Augmented Reality (AR) way-finder and compass, which showed them the direction (and distance) of each checkpoint. This is the first time that so many Chiang Mai students are using InfoComm Technology (ICT) for a field trip.

More importantly, feedback from some of the teachers was that their students were more engaged and enthusiastic about learning with the Trail Shuttle application (as compared to the use of worksheets).

The location-based Chiang Mai Zoo trail will be made available to the general public in a few weeks’ time. Those interested to explore the trail in Chiang Mai Zoo can download the Trail Shuttle mobile application from Apple’s AppStore and Windows Marketplace* and register for a public account on the application’s landing page.

After this event, the next step for T.H.I.N.K. is for KIC to leverage Trail Shuttle as a content delivery platform, to design learning trails around Chiang Mai. And plans are under way to roll out the Chiang Mai Zoo Trail to more schools in Chiang Mai.

Enclosed are the other resources relating to the seminar and zoo trail:
1)    List of schools that participated in the Chiang Mai Zoo iTrail Competition;
2)    Information about Trail Shuttle, the mobile application used by the students during the Chiang Mai Zoo iTrail Competition.

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