Learning environments

MALAYSIA is part of Microsoft’s class of education innovators for 2014 to 2015.

It is part of 173 Microsoft Innovative Educator (MIE) Experts and 23 Microsoft Showcase Schools from 10 countries across the Asia Pacific region.

These schools and individuals were validated by education leaders and governments as being exceptional thought leaders in creating and leading transformational learning environments through technology.

Malaysia has three Microsoft Showcase Schools and 11 MIE Experts, an increase from a single Showcase School and four MIE Experts in 2013. It is a clear reflection of Microsoft Malaysia’s continuing efforts to increase the pool of education innovators and collaborators.

MIE Experts are selected for their inventive use of technology. It is also their ability to integrate it with progressive pedagogy to advance learning and better prepare students for the jobs of the future.

With this recognition, the MIE Experts gain access to an exclusive global community of MIE Experts dedicated to trying new approaches on how best to teach, sharing of ideas and advising other educational institutions and peers on how to integrate technology in the classroom.

This exclusive group gets the professional and career development opportunities that will be long-lasting and help them make a difference in their students’ lives.

In addition, they receive the inside track on the latest Microsoft thinking and technologies, as well as free access to the latest Microsoft education tools and technology.

Microsoft Showcase Schools are premier schools where the school leader has a strong vision for change.

These leaders have created a whole-school innovative learning environment enabled by technology, where students take part in their own learning and achievements to make it more exciting.

The three Microsoft Showcase Schools in Malaysia are SK Bukit Jelutong in Selangor, SMK Abdul Tahman Talib in Pahang and SMK Sungai Pusu in Kuala Lumpur.

“Education is the single most important investment in the future of individuals, communities, nations and the world.

“And that is vital to sustainable social and economic success,” said Microsoft Malaysia Public Sector Group director Nik Ariff Nik Omar.

Since 2014, more than 230,000 teachers have benefited from Microsoft in Education-related programmes nationwide, receiving training on 21st Century Learning Design rubrics and integrating technology in teaching.

“This is the vision Microsoft has for the country and in partnership with the Malaysian Government, we are making strides in the right direction,” he said.

Microsoft Partners in Learning is a 10-year, US$500mil (RM1.85bil) global initiative aimed at improving teaching and learning.

Since 2003, it has led the way in partnering with education, helping nearly 11 million educators and reaching more than 190 million students in 119 countries in the first nine years alone.