Friday 6 December 2013

750 teachers, parents and educators inspired at the Leaps of Knowledge Conference themed "The Future of Learning" yesterday

FrogAsia held our very first Leaps Of Knowledge Conference for 750 parents and teachers at JW Marriott, Kuala Lumpur just yesterday!

In line with the conference theme, “The Future Of Learning”, internationally renowned thought-leaders in the field of leadership and education technology such as 2013 TED Prize Winner Sugata Mitra, author of Barefoot Leadership Alvin Ung and Vice President of Intel APAC and Japan Gregory Bryant shared their thoughts on how education can be transformed for the better with the help of technology and the Internet during this one-day conference.

The opening ceremony involved an exciting video screening of FrogAsia’s proudest achievements since the company first began two years ago. FrogAsia’s Executive Director Lou Yeoh’s welcome address set a tone of anticipation for the day, followed by an opening speech from Deputy Education Minister II YB P. Kamalanathan.

In his inspirational and entertaining talk, Alvin Ung shared his experiences at SK Lemoi, a school in the rural jungles of Pahang that became the most improved school in Malaysia. He shared the stage with his niece, Hannah Khaw who spoke about how Penan village students of the Orang Asli showed remarkable improvement in their mathematics when it was made relevant by playing a localised version of Monopoly over the school holidays. Meanwhile, Gregory Bryant enlightened the audience with the learning possibilities available through technological devices such as Google’s Chromebook.

Giving the audience an overview of the 13-year research that precipitated his $1 million dollar TED-Prize-winning wish to build a “School in the Cloud”, Professor Sugata Mitra highlighted the importance of the Internet and how it brings empowerment to its users.

“There is no better time to introduce Malaysia to Professor Mitra’s ideas. His ‘School in the Cloud’ vision aligns with our efforts at FrogAsia. By bringing the Frog Experience to all national schools, Mitra’s vision is taking shape here and now, and the schools we’ve showcased throughout the conference today is a testament of this,” said FrogAsia’s Executive Director, Lou Yeoh as she introduced Sugata Mitra to the audience.

The afternoon session had a panel dialogue with five key leaders in the field of education, CEO of Pemandu YB Senator Dato’ Sri Idris Jala, President of the Malaysian English Language Teaching Association (MELTA) Dr. Ganakumaran Subramaniam, former Vice-Chancellor of Edinburgh University Lord Stewart Sutherland, and Professor Sugata Mitra himself.

Facilitated by Alvin Ung, the discussion covered intriguing topics such as the speakers’ own educational experiences and of the roles that parents, teachers and opinion leaders each play in partnering together to effectively equip our children for the future.

During the conference, four Champion Schools were also recognised for showing significant progress under the Ministry of Education’s 1BestariNet initiative. They were SMK Kiaramas, SMK Sains Teluk Intan, SMK Dato Sri Amar di Raja, SMK Convent Bukit Nanas. These schools were awarded FrogStore vouchers worth up to RM10,000.

The conference also included eight workshops that focused on empowering educators and parents to maximise the potential of a digitally-driven generation. Participants were given the chance to meet our educational content partners at the FrogStore Zone and had the opportunity to see what a classroom of the future would encapsulate at the Hop In Zone. Students from various Champion Schools showed participants how they have already been using the Frog VLE and the Google Chromebook in their classrooms and at home too.

Watch the highlights video below to get a glimpse into the conference experience!

Leaps of Knowledge is a series of talks, seminars, workshops and conferences that aim to inspire and enlighten Malaysians on how education can be transformed through the use of technology and the Internet. The series will see the world’s leading educators, technologists, thinkers and personalities share their thoughts and ideas to foster public discourse on education in Malaysia, and to encourage students and teachers in Malaysia to make the most of the information age.

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