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Using tech to drive leadership among Malaysia's educators: MDeC, ISTE

AvantiKumar | Dec. 18, 2015
The International Society for Technology in Education hopes to help educators develop pedagogical approaches appropriate for the digital age.

MDeC - ISTE signing 

Photo - MDeC CEO Dato Yasmin Mahmood (right) exchanging documents with Brian Lewis, ISTE CEO Brian Lewis, Witnessed by the Dato Seri Madzhir, Malaysia Education Minister.

 

Malaysian ICT agency Multimedia Development Corporation (MDeC) has signed an agreement with The International Society for Technology in Education (ISTE) to develop a sustainable technology environment to promote leadership among Malaysia's educators.

Under the memorandum of understanding (MoU) signed recently by MDeC chief executive officer Dato Yasmin Mahmood and not-for-profit organisation ISTE's chief executive officer Brian Lewis, the two organisations will promote excellence in learning and teaching through the innovative use of technology and encourage educators to transform current pedagogical approaches. 

"This MoU will allow Malaysian educators, be it teachers, principals or headmasters to leverage and learn from global best practices, specifically the ISTE Standards for Technology in Education. The move is very much in line with the aspirations of Digital Malaysia agenda to cultivate strong digital competencies amongst school students and prepare them as our future talent pool," said MDeC's Yasmin.

She said that the ISTE Standards framework have been successfully used by educators globally to implement digital strategies that transform learning by defining new skills and pedagogical insights attuned to the digital age.

ISTE's Lewis said: "With a global network of more than 100,000 educators and education leaders, ISTE is focused on changing the way learning and teaching with technology takes place as well as advancing digital age learning through meaningful tech integration. We provide substantive professional learning opportunities for educators in all roles who are undertaking transformational programs and are very proud to be given the opportunity to work with Malaysia."

"Our new collaboration with MDeC is illustrative of ISTE's commitment to supporting organizations around the globe that share our vision for transforming learning through the effective use of technology.  We look forward to working with MDeC and Malaysian leaders to share the power of digital age learning with the country's educators," he said.

 First steps

Dato Seri Madzhir, minister of Education, Malaysia, who witnessed the signing of the agreement, said the collaboration will start with a joint MDeC-ISTE initiative to train lecturers from Institute Aminuddin Baki (IAB) as Master Trainers on the ISTE Standards for Administrators and Coaches. These Master Trainers will in turn train headmasters and principals nationwide as they work through the complexities of launching, implementing and refining digital learning programs.

"As part of our Malaysian Education Blueprint (2013-2025), we intend to provide equal access to quality education of an international standard, as well as leveraging ICT for this purpose. In this regard, the role of educators - both teachers and school leaders alike - are critical in achieving this aspiration. Therefore, I see this MoU between MDEC and ISTE to be an important step forward in preparing our educators to meet global competency standards," said the minister.

Earlier this year, the Ministry of Education (MoE) and MDeC piloted Digital Tech @ Schools, a programme designed to equip students with advanced digital competencies via the convergence of three key areas - Computer Science, Information Technology and Digital Literacy. The programme focuses on integrating digital competency and computational thinking into primary and secondary schools.

 

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