Teachers head to Hungary

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  • Friday, 19 Feb 2016

KUALA LUMPUR: Four teachers will represent Malaysia at the Microsoft Global Educator Exchange (E2) in Budapest, Hungary next month. The programme promotes 21st century learning processes.

They include Azizul Othman from Maktab Rendah Sains Mara (MRSM) Johor Baru and Hemawathi Gopinathan from SMK Yam Tuan Radin, Negri Sembilan.

The others are Nur Riza Alias from SMK Tanjung Datuk, Johor and Mohd Norhafeez Jusoh from MRSM Tun Mustapha, Sabah.

They were chosen from among 26 Microsoft Innovative Educator (MIE) experts shortlisted from 113 submissions received, Microsoft Malaysia general manager of public sector group Nik Ariff Nik Omar told reporters yesterday.

He said the MIE experts were selected based on 21st century learning design rubrics.

The rubrics, he said, helps educators identify and understand the opportunities that learning activities provide students when building 21st century skills.

Nik Ariff said that they received a higher number of submissions this year following a collaboration with the Education Ministry and Majlis Amanah Rakyat.

The E2, which takes place from March 8 to March 10, will showcase the work of some 300 of the world’s most innovative educators.

The event will culminate with the Global Educator Challenge awards, which recognises educators who have shown exceptional innovation in their fields and during competitive sessions at the E2.

Nur Riza said 21st century education was not just about the product, but the learning process itself.

The English and Civics teacher said that to enable her students to better understand subjects such as literature, she would ask them to act it out and record it.

“This way, they will be more independent while engaging technology during their lessons.”

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