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Training workshop on facilitating effective ICT-pedagogy integration in USM Penang

Universiti Sains Malaysia

30.03.2010

The facilitating effective ICT-pedagogy integration workshop was held on 23-25 February 2010 at the School Of Educational Studies, Universiti Sains Malaysia. It was attended by teachers from 10 selected schools in Penang. The workshop which was funded by Korean Fund in Trust (KFIT) is a result of smart partnership between UNESCO Bangkok and USM. The Penang State Education Department was invited to join in this effort to promote the integration of ICT and Pedagogy among schools in Penang. The department was very supportive and kind enough to select 40 teachers and 4 officers to attend this workshop. 8 lecturers from the School of Computer Sciences and the School of Educational Studies were also in as participants.

The workshop was facilitated by two representatives from UNESCO Bangkok, Dr. Molly Lee and Dr. Fengchun Miao. According to Dr.Molly Lee, the project is to promote students’ direct and effective use of ICT for higher order thinking skills in developing countries with specific focus on project-based telecollaboration. She added that the training would create platform for capacity building and preparation for real project activities with specific focus on planning of “3I“s (inter-disciplinary, inter-school and inter-cultural ) project based learning activities and telecollaboration.. The three days workshop was filled with relevant input on how to promote project based learning, telecollaboration and the integration of ICT. Series of brainstorming session, hands-on work and presentation were part of the workshop that exposed new dimension in teaching and learning. The participants of the workshop were very enthusiastic to experiment the new ideas and techniques exposed to them during the three days workshop.

USM would play its role in monitoring and facilitating the projects that would take off in the 10 participating schools soon. Necessary advice will be given to teachers to enable them to accomplish the projects without any problem. This workshop will be followed by series of workshops to develop teachers’ skills and knowledge in the integration of ICT and Pedagogy. The workshop was officially opened by the Vice Chancellor of USM, The Honorable Professor Tan Sri Dato’ Dzulkifli Abdul Razak. The VC reminded all the participants to embrace with the ICT as to keep themselves relevant in this Digital Age. He was equally happy with USM’s selection as UNESCO Bangkok’s ICT in Education Resource Center. He urged the participants to fully utilize the workshop to equip themselves with the relevant knowledge on the ways to integrate ICT in their teaching and learning process. The Dean of School of Educational Studies, Professor Abdul Rashid Mohamed, in his closing remarks, thanked all the parties for making this event a success. He extended his heartiest appreciation to UNESCO and also Penang State Education Department for their continuous support.