KUALA LUMPUR, 10 DECEMBER 2010 -- Five Malaysian teachers have been honoured for their innovative teaching practices in the classroom as part of the 10th anniversary of the Intel Teach programme in Malaysia, said silicon technology solutions firm Intel Malaysia.
Intel's programme is designed to reward and celebrate exemplary teachers and educators for their innovative teaching practices and use of information and communication technology (ICT) in the classroom, said Intel Malaysia country manager, Prakash Mallya.
In order for our future generation to compete in the global economy, development of 21st century learning and critical thinking skills is vital," said Mallya. "This can only be achieved if our education system is enhanced and updated to embrace technology-integrated teaching and learning methods. This Intel Exemplary Teacher Award recognises the teachers' role in creating a positive impact and transforming the education landscape.
He said winning teachers had to demonstrate how they have implemented excellent teaching pedagogy to encourage the learning of higher order thinking skills and other important 21st century skills such as collaboration and creativity. "A total of 42 submissions were received over a period of five months from teachers nationwide."
Quality of submissions
We were impressed with the top-class quality of the submissions," said Mallya. "It is a telling reflection of the excellent effort and dedication the teachers have put into their noble profession.
The Gold prize winner, comprising a RM3000 (US$954) cash prize, a netbook and a certificate of achievement, was Sawaran Jit Kaur of Kolej Tun Datu Tuanku Haji Bujang in Miri, Sarawak, who said: This award is extremely meaningful to me as a teacher. It is an incentive for me to continue learning new strategies, trying out new technologies in class and further improving my ICT knowledge.
The Silver prize winners were Ch'ng Yeang Soon of Penang Free School, Penang and Liew Tho Lip of Kolej Tun Datu Tuanku Haji Bujang, Sarawak. Meanwhile Chang Siaw Hui of Kolej Tun Datu Tuanku Haji Bujang, Sarawak and Noreha Namlur of SMK Clifford, Pahang garnered the Bronze prize. The Silver prize winners each received RM2,000 (US$636) in cash, while the Bronze prize winners received RM1,000 (US$318) in cash. All winners also received a netbook and a certificate of achievement each.
The ministry appreciates Intel's contributions and we look forward to their continuous support. We value public-private collaboration as long as it is aligned with our vision and mission in upgrading the standard of education in this country, said Ministry of Education deputy director general of the teacher professional development sector, Dato' Asariah Mior Shaharuddin.
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