Getting a head start with tablets

  • Metro News
  • Monday, 17 Feb 2020

(From left) Hasni, Information Communication and Technology coordinator Noorman Sa’at, Ahmad, Nor Zulaila and SMK Bandar Tun Hussein Onn 2 senior assistant (curriculum) On Arasad with the tablets that will be used in the school’s digital classroom. — SYAMIMI ZAINAL/The Star

As the country heads towards Industrial Revolution 4.0, schools need to ensure that students receive early exposure to high-tech learning tools.

With that in mind, the state government has handed over 20 units of tablets to SMK Bandar Tun Hussein Onn 2 in Cheras through its Projek Mesra Rakyat initiative.

The school’s principal Ahmad Ezzat Ismail said the tablets would help students learn and teachers deliver their lessons.

“It will be used in the digital classroom and students are looking forward to utilising them.

“A majority of the students here are tech-savvy and I am sure they cannot wait to explore the software and apps related to their subjects, ” he said.

Teacher Hasni Hastuti Ibrahim said technology-based learning such as e-learning and e-class was practised in the school.

“The landscape is changing and the teaching process is becoming more fun and interactive with student involvement, ” she added.

Ahmad said the school offered topics such as design technology, computer science and communication in graphic technology focusing on 3D design.

“In order to minimise the gap between tech-savvy students and teachers, we sought the help of the German-Malaysian Institute to teach students robotics, programming and design.

“In addition to high-speed wireless Internet and now tablets, it will be helpful for students to learn using Google software, ” he added.

Bangi MP special officer Nor Zulaila Abd Ghani said the 20 tablets cost about RM19,780 and 14 schools were involved in this project.

Each school would receive RM20,000 in grants, she added.

“This is an initiative under Projek Mesra Rakyat 2019 with a total budget allocation of RM2mil.”

Nor Zulaila added that some of the projects which would be carried out under the programme were construction of walkways and fences as well as repair of school toilets and other amenities.

“This is a way we can help schools in need because district education offices are short of funds, ” she added.

Apart from projects in schools, the allocation is for maintenance and infrastructure repairs.

Nor Zulaila said they aim to address issues within the community and provide public infrastructure in residential areas.

“A bus shelter will be built in collaboration with UCSI University. Gamuda Bhd will provide the expertise through the industrialised building system approach.

“Based on our observation, the targeted area does not have a proper place where passengers can take shelter. The project is estimated to cost RM10,000.

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