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Kuala Lumpur school to test social media as teaching platform

AvantiKumar | Sept. 26, 2013
St Mary's KL will pilot the EduNation programme, which is Malaysia's first social media platform dedicated to education, says EduNation's Edmond Yap.

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Photo - Group Picture with the new Ninetology tablets for the school students at St Mary's KL.

 

Malaysian secondary school St Mary's KL will pilot Malaysia's first social media platform, which is dedicated to education, according to EduNation Programme founder.

The government-aided mission school in Kuala Lumpur, which has been handed with 46 tablets by Asean mobile solutions firm Ninetology Marketing, has 1,243 students with the support of 65 teachers, said the school principal Goh Hai Bee

"Technology advancement moves at a rapid pace," said Goh. "Students' exposure and hands-on knowledge about the world of Internet and digital media, is critical.  In today's new work environment, high IT knowledge and the know-how of using digital media should not be limited only for those studying IT as a career option. All of our children need strong skills in IT. From doctors to engineers, lawyers and teachers; we all need these skills. Our children, who in the future will look for employment, will need to, for example, apply for jobs online."

"Our Alumni Club has worked to bring EduNation and Ninetology to the school and has made the EduNation Programme a reality," said Goh.

Volunteer programme EduNation founder Edmond Yap said the programme "is expected to expose students to a new pedagogical approach using technology for teaching and learning."

"Teaching videos for Mathematics, Science, Economics, Accounting and languages such as English and Bahasa Malaysia as well as an online exercise and test paper can now be conducted on a social media platform so that participating students will be able to practise their comprehension on subjects and concepts," said Yap.

"EduNation Programme is Malaysia's first social media platform dedicated to education," he said "The idea is to enable any student in need of academic assistance to be connected to parents, teachers, volunteers and fellow students to receive free real time tuition powered by the Malaysian Community."

"EduNation Programme aims to complement the Malaysian Education system. By putting the entire Malaysian school syllabus online, free for all, we will empower every Malaysian regardless of their economic status to excel in school," he said.

Ninetology chief executive officer, Sean Ng, said: "We are delighted to be part of this very meaningful programme. We find the programme to be in line with our very own corporate social responsibility initiative - the Gift of Love & Donation (G.O.L.D). We wish the school and EduNation a great success and hope many more students will benefit from it."

 

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