Malaysia has opened up a digital library in Perlis state as part of the government’s digital economy agenda. People will be able to use tablets and choose from around 4300 e-books in English, Bahasa Melayu and Chinese. There will also be e-magazines and e-newspapers. A separate Kids Zone will have content for children. The digital library supports the government’s Digital Malaysia agenda to improve information access and build an ICT-driven economy by 2020.
The New Zealand government is urging schools to get in early on their start of year admin, in an effort to avoid another round mispayments from the national teacher payroll system, Novopay. The Novopay failure – New Zealand’s answer to the Queensland Health payroll disaster – has been causing trouble for schools since the system first hit the rocks in September 2012.
Indonesia’s Ministry of Education is looking to replace textbooks with tablets in its schooling system. It intends to start by piloting the approach in outlying frontier towns, where pupils are most disadvantaged. Textbooks are more vulnerable to wear and tear than tablets, and are costly to distribute, the department believes.
Indonesia has more than 50 million students who need to be educated by about 3 million teachers in the public school system, according to Anies Baswedan, the nation’s minister of education and culture. When a population is as large as Indonesia’s, an important and expensive item on the academic docket is providing textbooks, both used and new.
The Indian state of Kerala is introducing e-textbooks for its schools. The ‘Digital Collaborative Textbooks’ will feature multimedia content – including audio and video, along with scanned content from existing textbooks. More than 100,000 teachers and 3.7 million students will use the new digital textbooks from June, according to A Shahjahan, Secretary of the Department of General Education (DGE). This is the first roll-out of its kinds in India’s public school system.
Smart classrooms with hardware and software provided by Taiwan-based vendor Acer were unveiled in a primary school in Chongqing, western China, on December 25, with Acer founder Stan Shih and chairman George Huang attending the ceremony, according to Acer. Such smart classrooms are equipped with Acer projectors and other devices, allowing teachers and students to use tablets in an interactive education environment based on Acer-developed Build Your Own Cloud (BYOC) cloud computing platform, the vendor said.
An Indonesian university has improved its campus’ e-learning portal by integrating a suite of cloud-based enterprise-grade productivity and communication services from Microsoft. The Universitas Gadjah Mada (UGM), one of Indonesia’s largest universities with 60,000 students, has chosen to adopt Office 365 for Education because it provides students with access to productivity tools that are commonly used in the workplace.
The Indian Government is planning an online education platform and equipping its classrooms with WiFi, the Ministry of Human Resource Development said. The government is creating a platform, known as Swayam, to host massive open online courses (MOOCs), said Amita Sharma, Advisor to the ministry. It has also started work to get WiFi to classrooms, she said.
ICT Academy of Kerala (ICTAK) and Oracle have signed a Memorandum of Understanding (MoU) to implement Oracle Academy’s computer science programs across 60 institutes in the state of Kerala over the next two years. As part of this initiative, Oracle Academy software curriculum, hosted technology, training, support and certification resources are expected to be made available to students and faculty. Additionally, 120 faculty members are scheduled to undergo training to help put 6000 students on the pathway to future IT careers.
HarukaEdu, an Indonesian startup focused on online education, announced a series A investment of an undisclosed amount from Japan-based CyberAgent Ventures earlier today. The company released a statement saying that the new funds will be used to recruit team members necessary for the development of HarukaEdu’s infrastructure, featured courses, and online training.
BEIJING: China’s Tsinghua University School of Economics and Management has added three western business heavyweights to its advisory council, including Mark Zuckerberg, the Facebook Inc founder who has long sought to enter the Chinese market where his social network is currently banned. Zuckerberg — who was named to the board along with Virginia Rometty, the IBM chief executive, and Anheuser-Busch InBev SA CEO Carlos Brito — will attend the business school’s annual board meeting in Beijing on Friday, Facebook said.
Chinese telecommunications giant Huawei has picked up a five-year deal to give Southern Cross University’s campus networks a high-speed overhaul. Under the terms of the deal, Huawei will upgrade four SCU campuses with network equipment to make way for a high-definition video-conferencing and IP telephony services. It will also lead to co-operative research projects between Huawei’s Chinese campus and the university.
Five-year overhaul of the university’s communications and campus security systems planned — Southern Cross University and Huawei Australia have partnered for a major overhaul of the university’s communications and campus security systems. The agreement, signed by Southern Cross University vice-chancellor, Professor Peter Lee, and Huawe CEO, Zhao Xichu, represents an extensive project over a five-year period.
Students at Deakin University will soon be interacting with a very different form of student support officer – a computer, powered by artificial intelligence. The university has signed a world-first deal with IBM’s Watson division to provide computerised support services from early 2015 that are powered by machine learning, and further to offer cognitive computing as a module within IT degrees offered by the institution.
Privacy advocates have raised concerns about functionality built into West Australian school student email accounts which offers some education staff unsupervised access to stored messages. The so-called ‘duty of care’ feature was built into WA schools’ Microsoft Office for Education cloud email service in late 2013, according to the WA Department of Education’s recently released annual report.
Only about 10 percent of Myanmar’s population have a mobile phone right now – and even fewer have a smartphone or tablet. While Myanmar is an exciting, new, and sizable market, it’s still very early days. One startup based in Yangon is keen on gaining traction in this formative stage. A team of app developers recently released its first educational iPad app, called Phew (pictured above). It’s designed to help kids learn how to write the mellifluously flowing characters of the Burmese language. The Brahmic script, like Thai or Tibetan, is quite hard to write.
NEW DELHI: Bullish on the multi-billion global education sector, HCL Learning today said it has forayed into international markets, including Nepal, the Middle East and Africa to offer customised content in these regions. HCL Learning, a wholly owned subsidiary of IT firm HCL Infosystems will offer K-12 content in these markets in partnership with local educational service providers and schools.
To keep abreast with industrial needs, Rayat Bahra education group has partnered with global leading computer company IBM to launch a B Tech computer courses at its institutions. Talking to Hill Post, group chairman Gurvinder Singh Bahra said that job placements was a priority and it was often noticed that the courses offered at institutions are not able to keep pace with changes coming about in industry.
A massive Office 365 deployment in Thailand schools that Microsoft initially described as free on Wednesday may not be so. Microsoft trumpeted the rollout, which will reach about 8 million students and 400,000 teachers in the Asian country, as the largest to date for Office 365 in the education sector. In the first sentence of the press release, Microsoft stated that the students and teachers under the jurisdiction of Thailand’s Office of the Basic Education Commission (OBEC) would get “free access” to the cloud email and collaboration suite.
Each of Thailand’s eight million primary and secondary school students as well as those schools’ 400,000 teachers will soon have access to Microsoft Office 365 for Education. A press statement by Microsoft (Thailand) Ltd. said this development is the result of a memorandum of agreement signed between the Thai government’s Office of the Basic Education Commission (OBEC) and their vendor firm.