Teaching goes to Another Level.

Education secretary – general Tan Sri Dr. Zulkurnain Awang, during the 5th Regional Innovative Teachers’ Conference in Kuala Lumpur; mentioned that traditional teaching and learning methods need to be supported by an ICT framework. He added that there need to be deep and continued collaboration between the private sector and the government agencies to help teachers develop the country’s human capital.

He added that “The ministry is always receptive to positive change in classroom practices and the approach of integrating ICT into teaching and learning situations provides an excellent opportunity for us to level the playing field and to raise the bar of education achievement and standards.”

The 5th Regional Innovative Teachers’ Conference was hosted by Microsoft Malaysia under its flagship Partners-in-Learning initiative with the Ministry of Education, United Nations Educational, Scientific and Cultural Organisation (UNESCO) and TakingITGlobal, an international non-profit student organisation.

According to Microsoft Malaysia managing director Yasmin Mahmood: “Our aim with the innovative teachers programme is to help educators further their professional development, promote the creation of best practices, award software grants and give them access to online learning communities.”

The four-day conference was aimed at assisting educators in developing teaching methods and school curriculums that empower students to become agents of change. It focused on engaging students to critically examine real world issues and providing them with opportunities to act upon them locally. The theme of the conference: Empower, Enact, Engage: Becoming Agents of  Change initiated conversations about globalisation and its effects on education.

Microsoft Malaysia also announced its RM3.045 billion investment in its DreamSpark programme, aimed at equipping and empowering the next generation of software developers by providing providing professional-level tools to tertiary students.

Through DreamSpark, more than 870,000 students in Malaysia will gain access to the company’s product-portfolio at no cost, helping them fully realise their potential during their academic experience and equipping them with the skills they will need for the workplace.

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