Aims to address the imbalance of science and mathematics education in rural schools due to the undersupply of teachers.
Malaysia’s Sarawak Education, Science and Technological Research Ministry has chosen NetDragon Websoft Holdings Limited for its first phase statewide project to adopt NetDragon’s Education Technology Smart Classroom Solution by Minister Datuk Seri Michael Manyin of .
This follows Malaysia’s tripartite cooperation Memorandum of Understanding on digital education between NetDragon, Sarawak-based professional education institution SIIG Communications Sdn Bhd (Formerly Aspire Link Sdn BhD) and the Sarawak State Government of Malaysia in November 2018.
The project seeks to provide equal access to digital education regardless of location and current internet availability. It will explore the effectiveness of digital education in equipping students with the required skills and competencies for 21st century society.
It also aims to address the imbalance of science and mathematics education in rural schools due to the undersupply of teachers in those subjects, as underlined said Minister Datuk Seri Michael Manyi.
“In some places, like in the urban schools, there are more science and mathematics teachers than in the rural school… The target for the whole of Malaysia is 60 per cent (enrolment) for pure science subjects at Form Four level, but as far as Sarawak is concerned, less than 25 per cent of the students are taking pure science subjects.”
The project, which brings together an international and local team of experts, supported by SIIG Communications Sdn Bhd, will see 24 secondary schools across most regions in Sarawak engage in a first phase to explore the impact of digitising classrooms on teaching and learning.
The first phase will run for 90 days, and on its successful completion NetDragon’s Smart Classroom Solution will be expanded to more schools in Sarawak.
The Smart Classroom Solution will bring together the best innovative offerings from NetDragon including:
- Promethean’s world leading ActivPanel for in-class instruction and lesson delivery
- Edmodo Classroom the unique and interactive set of teaching tools to facilitate access to educational resources, remote lesson delivery and comprehensive assessment and analytical tools
- in-school AiStream Community Hubs to give high-speed, consistent and cost-free access to learning resources without internet access
- Lenovo personal learning devices and NetDragon’s Mobile Device Management system to ensure the safety and security of devices while providing usage statistics and ease of maintenance of the ActivPanels and personal devices.