| Danial Norjidi |
THE SEAMEO VOCTECH Regional Centre kicked off a two-week training programme on incorporating ICT tools to enhance teaching and learning yesterday.
The regional training programme on “ICT Tools to enhance 21st Century Teaching and Learning” involves the participation of various members from SEAMEO countries, and was officially launched with an opening ceremony, before proceeding into its first session.
On hand to deliver welcoming remarks at the opening ceremony was Haji Md Sharifuddin bin Haji Md Salleh, the Centre Director for SEAMEO VOCTECH.
“Students in today’s age are more technology literate than the educators themselves,” he said.
“With the current age of rapid change and uncertainty coupled by the rapid explosion of information through the Internet medium, there is one thing we can be certain of – educators will need to embrace and adapt to technologies that their students are already proficient in their daily lives to stay relevant and engaging in their teaching and lesson deliveries.”
“The technology, together with a well-thought through pedagogy, encourages students to act and think like scientists,” he continued.
“It is an important aspect of student-centric education which brings a new level of differentiated teaching and personalised learning.”
He asserted, however, that while technology is the tool, the teacher must be the master.
This two-week regional training programme has been designed to expose participants with essential technologies, old and new, particularly the smart devices available today, with the aim of having them innovatively to support teaching and enhance the learning experience of students through effective use of media.
As the Director highlighted, the centre has taken the initiative to develop and deliver this regional training programme with the objectives of identifying 21st century skills requirements as well as useful and appropriate tools and technology needed in teaching and learning.
It also carries the aims of utilising relevant software to incorporate rich media content comprising text, graphics, audio and video in teaching and learning. This includes the use of online systems as a technology and tool to facilitate learning.
“By the end of this two-week training programme, I hope that participants will gain as much knowledge, skills and attitude as possible,” he said.
“Among the expected outputs that participants should have accomplished are that participants would be able to capture, convert and produce relevant teaching and learning contents for use as a teaching resource through the appropriate technology, tools and software; as well as to upload the developed learning contents for online access using learning systems.”
The programme also involves a sharing session, in which participants can discuss and share country reports on the educational structures of their respective countries.
“I wish everyone every success in the training and hope that the outcome of this forum will initiate the development of the use of ICT tools in teaching and learning,” he concluded.
“I believe that this two-week course will benefit every individual and the region as a whole.”