SCHOOLS: Technology, the basis of education transformation
BEST EXPERIENCE: Intel supports the integration of Information and Communications Technology (ICT) into the teaching and learning process because it believes technology is the essential foundation of education transformation.
The decision to allow IT devices to be brought into the classroom is merely the first step. The company's view is that other factors should also be considered and these include:
• Robust IT Infrastructure
An Internet-enabled and networked infrastructure that can scale to support a collaborative learning environment is critical.
•l Tools/solutions that deliver better "learning experiences"
Appropriate software applications, operating environments and solutions need to be in place to support optimal teaching and learning. Together, these should not only support one to one e-learning, project-based inquiry but also help the teacher to manage and create best learning experience for students. The recently launched Studybook is an example of how the company is creating devices and solutions to cater to the needs of students today.
• Formalised curriculum and syllabus
While it is beneficial to incorporate ICT into the classroom, we need to ensure that such tools can be utilised effectively. A formalised set of curriculum and syllabus, complemented with the appropriate ICT tools, must be adapted to ensure that students gain critical skills and knowledge to compete in the 21st century.
The writer is Intel Malaysia, country manager, sales and marketing.