Portal to help teachers


  • Nation
  • Saturday, 12 Jul 2003

BY PHILIP AUGUSTINE

PETALING JAYA: Mathematics and Science teachers can now work with their counterparts from around the world to discuss issues and exchange ideas on the subject, thanks to the launch of Malaysia's first technology-driven education portal. 

A joint effort by Universiti Malaya, Universiti Sains Malaysia and Seameo-Recsam in collaboration with Statworks (M) Sdn Bhd and Texas Instruments (Educational Products and Solutions), the portal combines relevant research papers, teaching and reference materials as well as details on workshops, seminars and conferences based on the national curriculum for Mathematics and Science.  

The Teachers Teaching with Technology (T3) portal – www.ict_education.com.my – which goes live on Aug 1, also provides links to other T3 portals all over the world and allows educators to exchange ideas and discuss issues pertaining to the technological trends in teaching Mathematics and Science. 

Teachers who attended the launch yesterday were optimistic, saying it would help them greatly in their work. 

“I'm happy that there is such a portal because I hardly have time to come up with my own activities for the students. There is still a large number of teachers who prefer the old chalk and talk method and refuse to adapt to newer ways of teaching,” said Mathematics teacher Anis Sabrina Abu Bakar from SMK (P) Air Panas in Kuala Lumpur.  

Fellow teacher Tay Bee Lian from SMK Abu Bakar in Pahang added, “I think it's very important for teachers all over Malaysia to share ideas and experiences and hopefully this portal will do just that.”  

The portal was launched yesterday by Selangor state exco Datuk Lum Weng Keong in conjunction with the “First National Conference on Graphing Calculators” held at Hotel Singgahsana here.  

The two-day conference is aimed at preparing educators, especially teachers, to effectively use technology in the teaching and learning of Mathematics and Science.  

The highlight of the conference was the TI-83Plus Pacific Blue graphing calculator – a computer with built-in graphing software. The graphing calculator has standard computer processors, display screen and is fully programmable.  

“Many Western countries as well as Singapore and Thailand have already incorporated the use of graphing calculators in their schools,” said educational marketing manager for Texas Instruments, Roland Chow. 

“The TI-83Plus can be hooked up to a computer and used to download software that students can use to help them in their studies,” he added. 

“We are hoping to create more awareness of this highly useful teaching tool.  

“We have about 100 schools using the TI-83Plus as well as several private schools and colleges,” said Statworks director B. Maheskantha.  

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