Photo - (Second from left) Lim Een Hong, CEO Eduspec Holdings; Ong Kiam Sim, Chairman of the School's Board of Directors; Dato' Yeoh Seok Hong, Executive Director, YTL Corporation Berhad; YB Datuk Ir. Dr. Wee Ka Siong, Deputy Minister of the Ministry of Education; Wong Shee Fatt, Principal of SJK(C) Choong Wen; and (2nd from right) Tan Sri Dato' Seri (Dr) Yeoh Tiong Lay, Executive Chairman of YTL Corporation Berhad.
Malaysia's first Chrome Lab has been established at the SJK(C) Choon Wen school, according to the 4G firm YTL Communications and K-12 IT literacy materials provider Eduspec. Both organisations helped the school's parent's teachers association PIBG to install the lab, which includes YTL Comms' Yes 4G mobile internet service.
The pilot project's launch was officiated by deputy education minister YB Datuk Ir Dr. Wee Ka Siong; YTL Group executive chairman Tan Sri Dato' Seri (Dr) Yeoh Tiong Lay; EduSpec's chief executive officer Lim Een Hong; and chairman of the Choong Wen School Board of Directors, Ong Kian Sim.
YTL Group executive chairman, Tan Sri Dato' Seri (Dr) Yeoh Tiong Lay, said, "With so much information and so many resources available today through the Internet, there are huge opportunities for learning. We need to ensure that our students are not left out and that they are able to tap into these resources to make learning better and more engaging. Today Choong Wen joins the group of schools worldwide that have found the Chromebook indispensable. Choong Wen students will be the first in Malaysia to experience virtual learning at 4G Internet speed."
Deputy education minister YB Datuk Ir. Dr. Wee Ka Siong said the Chrome Lab "is the perfect example of how schools can implement world-class learning and nurture industry-ready Malaysian talent."
"Introducing our nation's students to the exciting field of ICT is an obvious step in modernising the Malaysian education system," said Wee. "It is truly wonderful to see their efforts run in parallel with the government's own vision, particularly the Malaysian Education Blueprint 2013-2025."
EduSpec's Lim said each Yes 4G Chromebook, which is expected to be released commercially later this year, in the lab has a built-in 4G chip to enable constant connectivity to the fastest 4G mobile Internet, and runs on the Chrome operating system. "[This] offers multiple layers of security, cloud storage and Google Apps for Education. The Chromebook is also ideal for education because of its easy maintenance and stays continuously current with self-updates. This makes it a cost-effective solution for any school to incorporate cloud-based learning."
"The Chrome Lab is an ideal environment for students and teachers to collaborate and explore educational materials via the Frog Virtual Learning Environment and from around the world," he said. "The Lab is a conducive environment that we hope will inspire students and promote creativity, collaboration and the sharing of ideas amongst schoolmates."
Established in 1984, Eduspec develops IT courseware and education software to cater to innovative learning in schools.
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