Feb. 25, 2016
Photo - Puan Maimunah Mohd Tahir, Principal Assistant Director, Education Technology Division, Ministry of Education Malaysia (Right), En. Kamaruzaman bin Jaffar, Director, Education Technology Division, Majlis Amanah Rakyat (middle), and Encik Abd. Hamid bin Hj. Ahmad, Director, Secondary Education Division, Majlis Amanah Rakyat (left), engaging members of the media on their collaboration with Microsoft.
The Microsoft E2 Global Educator Exchange (E2) 2016 has received 113 submissions from Malaysian teachers to become Microsoft Innovative Educator (MIE) experts, said the cloud and productivity solutions company.
In collaboration with Malaysia's Ministry of Education (MoE) and government-linked organisation (GLC) Majlis Amanah Rakyat (MARA), the exclusive initiative in which educators share their thoughts and best practices on how they effectively use technology in education, has seen a four-fold increase in comparison to the previous year, which saw 22 submissions, said Nik Ariff Nik Omar, general manager, Public Sector Group, Microsoft Malaysia, during the media briefing.
He said 26 MIE Experts were certified from this year's pool of submissions, out of which four MIE experts were chosen to represent Malaysia at E2 2016 in Budapest, Hungary, joining 300 other educators from around the globe.
The Budapest three-day event will show the amazing work of some 300 of the world's most innovative educators, giving them the opportunity to learn, collaborate and celebrate with their peers. The event will culminate in the Global Educator Challenge awards - recognising educators who have shown exceptional innovation in their fields and during competitive sessions at E2.
Puan Maimunah Mohd Tahir, principal assistant director, Educational Technology Division at MoE, said, "21st century learning and technology-enabled teaching & learning is about producing students who drive their own learning, thinking critically and being creative."
"Our educators are keen to achieve this," said Maimunah. "The MoE is committed to providing all kinds of support to our educators to ensure successful practices in classrooms that link technology, pedagogy and 21st century skills. We are glad that Microsoft has taken this proactive approach to support our educators via the MIE Expert Program."
Kamaruzaman bin Jaffar, director, Education Technology Division, MARA, said, "Teachers need to be comfortable and confident with the use of technology - which is why we have been encouraging educators not only to adapt, but to adopt 21st century technology. Initiatives such as the MIE Expert program has proven to be a great resource for our teachers to practice innovative educational approaches in order to prepare their students for today and tomorrow."
Microsoft Malaysia's Nik Ariff, said: "We believe that technology alone cannot build 21st century skills for students. We believe in the power and impact that educators can have when they are brought together and recognised for their achievements."
"Educators in Malaysia are cognisant that technology has the power to expand the impact of education and accelerate the growth potential of every youth," he said.
He cited an inaugural Microsoft Asia EduTech survey 2016, which was conducted on-site during the Bett Asia Leadership Summit 2015 held in Singapore last November, showed that 100 percent of educators surveyed agree that technology will play a bigger role in transforming and improving education systems in the future.
The survey, which polled close to 200 educators in the Asia Pacific region, showed that while almost all educators (96 percent) were already influencing technology decisions in their work, nearly all of them (97 percent) wanted to do more.
However, technology itself is a means - not an end," said Nik Ariff. "Thus, it is important for us to also lend our expertise to governments, organisations and schools in Malaysia to help them build a technology roadmap to support the nation's vision in becoming a developed nation by the year 2020."