CEL­E­BRAT­ING

Hon­our­ing teach­ers who in­te­grate tech­nol­ogy in their class­rooms

New Straits Times - - News -

THARANYA ARU­MUGAM KUALA LUMPUR tharanya@nst.com.my

TEACH­ERS are en­cour­aged to in­te­grate mod­ern tech­nol­ogy in class­room teach­ing for the 21st cen­tury learn­ers to equip them with the skill-sets needed to keep up with the world’s de­mand.

FrogAsia ex­ec­u­tive di­rec­tor Lou Yeoh said teach­ers were the peo­ple who would shape mil­len­ni­als into lead­ers of the fu­ture.

She said teach­ers were en­cour­aged to adopt and prac­tise a 21st cen­tury teach­ing and learn­ing method based on the 5Cs, which were crit­i­cal think­ing, cre­ativ­ity, col­lab­o­ra­tion, char­ac­ter and com­mu­ni­ca­tion.

In line with this, Lou Yeoh said FrogAsia had al­ways worked hand-in-hand with the Ed­u­ca­tion Min­istry to pro­vide a learn­ing en­vi­ron­ment that would in­still cre­ativ­ity and nur­ture in­no­va­tion in ev­ery stu­dent.

In con­junc­tion with the re­cently held Teach­ers Day cel­e­bra­tion, FrogAsia had cel­e­brated teach­ers who had suc­cess­fully in­te­grated tech­nol­ogy in their lessons.

“The cer­e­mony cel­e­brated teach­ers who had suc­cess­fully em­pow­ered the next gen­er­a­tion of Malaysians through the use of tech­nol­ogy in the class­room.

“They (the teach­ers) have gone the ex­tra mile to en­sure their stu­dents re­ceive the best qual­ity of ed­u­ca­tion pos­si­ble with the help of tech­nol­ogy,” she said in a state­ment re­cently.

At the 2017 Na­tional Teach­ers Day cel­e­bra­tion, the 1Bes­tarinet Teacher Awards (1BNTA) cer­e­mony was also held to cel­e­brate and recog­nise teach­ers with out­stand­ing achieve­ment in adopt­ing tech­nol­ogy.

Ed­u­ca­tion Min­is­ter Datuk Seri Mahdzir Khalid pre­sented the awards to five de­serv­ing teach­ers.

Lou Yeoh said the 1BNTA was a na­tional-level award pro­gramme or­gan­ised by FrogAsia, a sub­sidiary of YTL, since 2014 to ap­pre­ci­ate teach­ers all over Malaysia.

The win­ner se­lec­tion process was done through two stages, namely a vot­ing stage and a ju­ry­ing stage, with the win­ners iden­ti­fied based on a ju­ry­ing process which as­sessed re­ports and pre­sen­ta­tions by the fi­nal­ists.

Ad­di­tion­ally, this year’s awards in­cluded two spe­cial cat­e­gories for In­spi­ra­tional Teacher as the can­di­date with the high­est num­ber of votes and a spe­cial ap­pre­ci­a­tion award.

Sai­ful­nizan Che Is­mail of SK Raja Ba­har bagged the grand prize for us­ing var­i­ous tech­nol­ogy tools to im­prove ef­fi­ciency in the class­room.

He had highly max­imised the wid­gets in the Frog Vir­tual Learn­ing En­vi­ron­ment (VLE), an award-win­ning cloud-based VLE, by us­ing func­tions such as videos and file down­loads to make his lessons more fun and mem­o­rable.

“Teach­ers to­day need to move as fast as the world’s devel­op­ments and de­mands, es­pe­cially in the field of ed­u­ca­tion, which is also in line with devel­op­ments in science and tech­nol­ogy,” said Sai­ful­nizan.

First run­ner-up Kamisah Khamis of SMK Ta­man Ria Tuaran de­scribed her­self as some­one who pri­ori­tised fun in the class­room.

She be­lieved teach­ers should be gen­er­ous in prais­ing their stu­dents, as such acts in­stilled con­fi­dence in stu­dents to suc­ceed in school.

“Space and op­por­tu­nity are es­sen­tial in order for stu­dents to learn new skills.

“I also be­lieve that the Frog VLE, mod­ern class­rooms, e-fo­lios and other ex­cit­ing learn­ing and fa­cil­i­tat­ing meth­ods help stu­dents en­joy learn­ing.”

Mean­while, sec­ond run­ner-up Mo­hamad Jalil Yunus of SMK Jalan Reko had adopted five roles as a fa­cil­i­ta­tor, which was to teach in a pro­fes­sional and sys­tem­atic man­ner and to pre­pare his daily les­son plans ac­cord­ing to the unique needs of his stu­dents, de­cid­ing on the as­sess­ment meth­ods ac­cord­ing to their abil­i­ties.

He also pre­pared ad­e­quate re­sources for his stu­dents so they could eas­ily make notes to share, and chose mo­ti­va­tional learn­ing spa­ces for his stu­dents.

Mean­while, Husza­udin Hussin from SK Felda Lok Heng Se­la­tan, who re­ceived the high­est num­ber of votes on the of­fi­cial 1BNTA web­site, walked away with the In­spi­ra­tional Teacher Award.

He said one pos­i­tive im­pact that tech­nol­ogy in the class­room had was that stu­dents were more con­fi­dent to take part in any learn­ing ac­tiv­ity that took­place be­cause it in­volved all stu­dents and left none out.

The win­ners also re­ceived a 1BNTA tro­phy, a Chrome­book, IT gad­gets, and tick­ets to Pet­ro­sains.

A spe­cial ap­pre­ci­a­tion award was given to Nori­dah Ham­dan from SK Kayang for her ef­forts in cham­pi­oning 21st cen­tury learn­ing and fa­cil­i­tat­ing.

The 1Bes­tariNet project is an ef­fort to con­nect all gov­ern­ment schools across Malaysia with a YES 4G In­ter­net con­nec­tion and an on­line learn­ing plat­form, the Frog VLE.

The Frog VLE was in­tro­duced by FrogAsia, an ed­u­ca­tion tech­nol­ogy com­pany with the mis­sion to trans­form ed­u­ca­tion through 21st cen­tury learn­ing ini­tia­tives.

FrogAsia is the first or­gan­i­sa­tion in the world to con­nect an en­tire na­tion of 10,000 schools through a sin­gle cloud-based learn­ing plat­form, cre­at­ing a learn­ing com­mu­nity of 10 mil­lion stu­dents, teach­ers and par­ents.

FrogAsia lever­ages Frog Ed­u­ca­tion's 15-year track record and ex­per­tise in pro­vid­ing the award­win­ning Frog Vir­tual Learn­ing plat­form to schools.

Frog Ed­u­ca­tion was awarded ICT Provider of the Year at BETT 2015 and “Best Use of Ed­u­ca­tion Tech­nol­ogy” at the Ed­u­ca­tion In­vestor Awards 2013.

Grand prize win­ner Sai­ful­nizan Che Is­mail with his stu­dents at SK Raja Ba­har.

Sec­ond run­ner-up Mo­hamad Jalil Yunus of SMK Jalan Reko.

First run­ner-up Kamisah Khamis of SMK Ta­man Ria Tuaran.

Lou Yeoh

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