Flexible classrooms

Hybrid class: Wong (right) watching a student interact with a peer in another school.

HYBRID classrooms can ensure teaching and learning (PdP) continues while the country’s teacher shortage is being addressed.

Deputy Education Minister Wong Kah Woh said hybrid classes, which involve a group of students learning face to face while another group joins the lesson online, is a solution and an alternative that can help alleviate the lack of teacher problem while ensuring that every child has the opportunity to learn.

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Speaking at the Dimix@Digital Carnival closing ceremony at SJKC Mun Yee, KL, on Jan 23, he said hybrid classrooms are being conducted at the school, SK Taman Seri Rampai, KL, and a school in China – Haixin School, Qingdao.

The implementation, he said, is done on a rotation basis with the three schools taking turns to have face-to-face lessons according to a schedule.

“Among the advantages of this hybrid approach is that learning is more flexible and can be implemented with a large number of students,” Wong said, adding that this method allows teachers to be more flexible in their teaching and students have more ways of assessing learning materials.

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The Dimix@Digital Carnival was jointly organised by the KL Education Department and Hisense Malaysia.

Themed “Exploring Education Technology”, the carnival featured the latest PdP technology and solutions, with a focus on hybrid PdP which involves live interaction between teachers and students to create a flexible, active learning environment.

On the Digital Education Policy launched in November last year, Wong said the ministry would focus on cultivating the ecosystem of technology integration in teaching and learning. – By REBECCA RAJAENDRAM

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