Contributing to Society with Education Solutions
Casio listens to the needs of teachers in education settings worldwide, developing and supplying education tools that meet the needs of the classroom and support modern education.
GAKUHAN Activities — Supporting Math Education with Scientific Calculators
Casio supplies scientific calculators for use in education settings in some 100 countries and regions worldwide. The mission is not just to supply calculators, but to support teachers and students, who are the end users in education settings. In addition to fostering human resources who are needed by the governments of these countries, we hope to help children realize their dreams of attending university and becoming a doctor, engineer, or whatever else they want to be.
In Japan, scientific calculators are largely seen as tools for university students in science and mathematics, whereas many countries incorporate scientific calculators into their junior and senior high school education. In the U.S., Europe, Australia, and other countries, scientific calculators are used by nearly all students at those earlier levels. Their use is being driven by changes in mathematics education around the world. There is growing recognition that the power of technology is essential to the study of statistics and programming in an IT-driven world. For example, leveraging technology to perform complex calculations enables a greater focus on nurturing problem-solving and thinking skills.
It is one thing to purchase a scientific calculator, but teachers and students need to know how to use scientific calculators properly for classes and exams. For more than 30 years, Casio has been actively supporting teachers and students around the world with its GAKUHAN activities. In addition to providing training and teaching materials for educators, Casio is implementing a pilot project aimed at improving academic skills, as a way to support better education and build optimal learning environments.
Anchoring these activities is Casio product development, which provides customization according to government course guidelines, languages, and curricula in each region. With the aim of developing true educational tools that support learning, Casio engineers visit schools and join classes to grasp the needs in education settings, which are reflected in the product specifications. In this way, Casio develops localized models that are tailored to national and regional requirements, currently offering 61 models in 18 regions. Casio can customize scientific calculators in short cycles to rapidly reflect the needs of education settings, utilizing large-scale integration (LSI) and automated assembly suited for high-mix low-volume production.
GAKUHAN activities also facilitate product development that reflects the needs of education settings and support learning environments that foster thinking skills. In Europe and the U.S., students and teachers already know how to operate scientific calculators, and in recent years the axis has begun to shift to emerging economies including ASEAN countries.
GAKUHAN Activities outside Japan
│Striving to end educational inequalities in Thailand
ASEAN countries are making progress in reforming their education curriculums, pursuing national strategies that focus on fostering human resources for industry. It is critically important to improve science and mathematics skills upon a foundation built with advanced mathematics education.
In 2018, Thailand adopted an upper secondary school curriculum that utilizes technologies such as scientific calculators in lessons. However, as scientific calculators had not been used commonly, Casio helped by conducting teacher training on the use of scientific calculators.
In 2020, Casio launched a project in Bangkok to supply upper secondary schools with lesson plans that utilize scientific calculators. Thirty-two upper secondary schools in a western Bangkok district participated in the project, which ran through March 2021. The project’s intermediary report revealed that students who had taken classes or short tests utilizing scientific calculators displayed a 21% improvement in exam results compared with their past scores.
Thailand presently faces geographic inequalities in education between urban and rural areas. Expanding the project from Bangkok to other regions will increase scientific calculator utilization and reduce inequalities in education in Thailand.
Expanding GAKUHAN’s Reach Online
Casio Mathematics Education Activities in Indonesia and Thailand Selected as MEXT EDU-Port Japan Supported Project
In July 2021, Casio’s mathematics education activities in Indonesia and Thailand were selected by Japan’s Ministry of Education, Culture, Sports, Science and Technology as an EDU-Port Japan Supported Project implementing Japanese-style education overseas.
EDU-Port Japan is a public-private initiative to proactively introduce Japanese-style education in other countries. GAKUHAN activities were selected to serve as a model for improving education by developing class content, providing a template for implementation overseas.r
With its selection, Casio will receive assistance in coordinating with local institutions through the Japanese-Style Education Public-Private Collaborative Platform. Going forward, Casio will cooperate with local teachers and other stakeholders connected by the platform in Indonesia and Thailand. Casio will aim to develop inquiry-based lessons utilizing scientific calculators to foster proactive learning among upper secondary school students, establishing a model for implementation overseas.
EDU-Port Japan website: https://www.eduport.mext.go.jp/en/