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Digital learning has become relevant in today’s education sector, especially when it comes to transforming changes in suburban and rural areas.

In embracing technology for enhanced learning, SK Ayer Lanas in Jeli, Kelantan has launched the first-of-its-kind Samsung SMART Classroom in Malaysia, in partnership with Samsung Malaysia Electronics (SME) Sdn Bhd.

Through the Samsung SMART Classroom, pupils will no longer be confined to static textbook information, but will be able to source information from customised content and applications for better interaction.

International Trade and Industry Minister Datuk Seri Mustapa Mohamed launched the event. He was accompanied by Kelantan Education Department director Hussain Awang and SME director (Corporate Affairs) Datuk Roh Jae Yeol. Also present were Jeli District Education Office head Abdul Kadir Sulaiman and SK Ayer Lanas headmaster Wan Hanafi Wan Yusoff.

The launch of Samsung SMART Classroom at SK Ayer Lanas is in tandem with the Malaysia Education Blueprint 2013-2025, which aims to improve the quality of education and pave the way for more effective and customised learning in schools.

The advent of 21st-century smart classrooms such as the Samsung initiative will help schools meet technological demands, create a unique interactive learning environment and bridge the gap between Malaysia’s rural and urban schools.

“The benefits to be gained from the Samsung SMART Classroom are immense. Students will be able to tap into a richer network of resources and have the opportunity to engage more with their teachers and peers.

“It will be a stepping stone for the future generation to be exposed to a competitive global environment and digital learning,” said Mustapa.

SK Ayer Lanas, which was established in 1957, has 631 pupils and 62 teachers.

As the first school in the region to launch the Samsung SMART Classroom, the school can look forward to fully utilising the learning materials available on more than 40 Samsung devices.

Targeting the four core subjects of English, Bahasa Melayu, Mathematics and Science, pupils from Years One to Six will be divided into groups and assigned dedicated sessions.

They will gain easy access to digitised learning materials and obtain information from secured and monitored sources through the Samsung devices.

Pupils will also get to interact with the teachers who will facilitate each pupil and their progress.

The educational content is customised to complement the current national school syllabus, designed in such a way that is relevant, engaging and interactive so as to appeal to the pupils’ interests.

In addition, teachers will be able to supervise the progress of individual pupils on the learning exercises and provide additional and targeted coaching where necessary.

“The launch of the Samsung SMART Classroom could not be more timely as digital learning is truly the way forward in education,” said Hussain.

“We are honoured to be able to provide these facilities for our pupils who are indeed our future leaders and the next entreprenuers of Malaysia.

“The Samsung SMART Classroom is an ideal platform for our pupils to learn in an interactive digital environment.

“We look forward to seeing great improvement and positive academic performance in this school,” he added.

To aid the teachers in capitalising on these latest innovations from Samsung, they will be coached on the use of the customised educational content and teaching materials, using the “train the trainer” concept.

The teachers will be able to guide pupils in their lessons, as well as sharpen their ICT skills, for their professional and personal development.

Mustapa said this initiative represents the Government’s commitment to creating a more conducive, technology-enabled learning environment for the local community.

Roh said the launch was a “proud day for Samsung Malaysia”.

“We believe (the classroom) will open doors to more opportunities for growth, for everyone involved, from the pupils and teachers at this school, to the larger community in Jeli and beyond,” he said.

He added that the school had been selected with the aim of minimising the digital divide between urban schools and those in rural areas.

“We look forward to working with more schools in other areas, to further extend the reach of technology in the nation’s classrooms,” he said.

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Quelle/Source: The Star Online, 15.02.2015

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