Sunday, September 25

Educators updated on apps-aided teaching methods at Edu-Tech Talk

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KUCHING: A presentation on the application of multimedia technology to enhance teaching and learning has made a positive impact on more than 300 teachers and heads of school.

Participants listen attentively to the presentation by Hii and Wilson at Swinburne Sarawak lecture theatre.

Educators from around the city and Samarahan Division, recently participated in ‘Edu-Tech Talk’, where the latest technology and applications to plan, organise, conduct and enhance lessons in schools were demonstrated by lecturers from Swinburne University of Technology Sarawak Campus.

Delivered via ‘Augmented Reality, Virtual Reality and Motion’ sensor apps, the demonstration included the recently released iOS 8, iCloud, iBooks, iTunes U and other creative learning and classroom management utilities to create and customise interactive lesson content.

Among other things, the technology allows teachers to control class activities, take attendance, record marks, oversee students’ conduct and generate a class report – with only a touch of the finger. Moreover, they can remotely retrieve and share files from home computers, conduct video conferences and take notes – all via mobile devices.

“I’ve gained a lot of information about this technology from the presentation. It is a convenient and fantastic tool to grab students’ attention, as it stimulates teaching and learning – making them easy and effective, saving as lot of time in preparation and encouraging self-learning,” said SMK Bandar Kuching No 1 teacher, Chung Siew Ling.

Sii Ai Sian of SMK Pending concurred.

“The introduction to the creative tools and interactive features were very informative. It’s an update for us teachers on hi-tech devices, which could make teaching and learning more meaningful and interesting,” she said.

For Kolej Vokasional Kuching lecturer Abdul Karim Bin Azis, the presentation opened a new landscape on technology towards “modern education methodology”.

Organised by Swinburne Sarawak and Principals Council of Sarawak, the Edu-Tech Talk was conducted by the university’s multimedia design lecturers John Hii and Wilson Suai from its Faculty of Business and Design.

The two are the only certified Apple Education Trainers in the state, and are among five in the country licensed by Apple to train educators on iPad and Mac computers.