Photo - Dr. Norrizan Razali, Education Director, Microsoft Malaysia with students of Sekolah Kebangsaan Bukit Jelutong explaining how technology is changing learning in the classroom.
Technology solutions provider Microsoft has brought its Digital Education Show Asia [DESA] 2014 to Malaysia as part of its ongoing programme to support the Malaysian government by providing end-to-end training solutions for students, teachers and institutions in the country.
Microsoft Malaysia managing director Carlos Lacerda said DESA, held in Malaysia from 27 to 28 May, emphasised that digital education is crucial towards the country's objective of becoming a high-income, knowledge-based nation by 2020.
"For more than 20 years, education has been a core priority for Microsoft and we continue to be committed to transforming education together with the Government," said Lacerda. "A quality education is not only a basic right, but a social imperative. It is the key to economic opportunity, not only for individuals, but for their communities."
"We've been amazed by the quality of education initiatives taking place in Malaysia, and are glad to be partnering the Government in driving this momentum through collaborative initiatives such as the Digital Education Show Asia," he said. "Through our investments, partnerships, programs and software we are helping ensure that all students have access to a quality education, all educators are equipped and prepared to meet the needs of students, and all leaders have a clear vision for true innovation with real impact."
"Employers increasingly expect digital literacy and other 21st century skills: communication, collaboration, creative thinking, and problem-solving. This drives the demand for a highly equipped teaching force with ability to personalise instruction and address the needs of every student. Preparing students for the workforce is our top priority," said Lacerda. "Today's students are tomorrow's global workforce thus it is important for they to be prepared with the technology and cognitive skills they need to succeed."
Students for the 21st century
"We can't educate tomorrow's leaders with tools and practices from the past," said Microsoft Malaysia education director, Dr Norrizan Razali. "Microsoft programes such as Expert Educators and Mentor Schools are our way of supporting that commitment to help educators and school leaders use technology to prepare their 'students for the 21st century."
"We believe in the transformative power of technology in education and are fully committed to the success of each educator and student," said Dr Norrizan. "At DESA 2014, we are very proud to bring these beneficiaries into the spotlight to show how Microsoft technology is transforming their learning and teaching experiences."
"Students and teachers at schools such as Sekolah Kebangsaan Taman Tun Dr. Ismail 1, Sekolah Kebangsaan Bukit Jelutong - and tertiary institutions such as Universiti Teknikal Malaysia Melaka (UteM) and Curtin University Sarawak Malaysia, Miri Campus - join the growing chorus of education institutions in Malaysia turning to our solutions for effective, immersive learning experiences that inspire teachers and students to realize their full potential," she said.
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