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Friday, June 7, 2013

Popping tech into studies

TO advance the usage of technology in education, Microsoft, in partnership with the Education Ministry and Multimedia Development Corporation, has launched the Pop-up Classroom project.

The project, with outreach workshops for educators and government policy-makers, features a blend of localised content and technology showcase that aims to increase understanding on the impact of technology in education.

Johor Education Information Management Sector head Bahariah Temu said technology and education go hand-in-hand.

“We can’t educate tomorrow’s leaders with tools and practices from the past. We must continue to invest in the development of better learning environments that lead to better outcomes,” said Bahariah.

The Pop-up Classroom event featured panel discussions designed to help educators grasp important technology issues and opportunities impacting education today such as cyber security and online safety for students.

Further discussion was centered on helping students acquire 21st century skills such as critical thinking, communication and collaboration abilities, problem solving and awareness of the global community.

“With this project, we are reaching out directly to our local educators and policy-makers with relevant conversations and technology demonstrations,” said Microsoft Malaysia managing director Carlos Lacerda. He added that they hope to inspire more educators to use technology for effective learning experiences.

There are plans to bring the Pop-up Classroom event to more countries in the Asia Pacific region and to expand the programme to include mobile pop-up classrooms in schools.

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