KUALA LUMPUR, Sept 23 — Primary and secondary school teachers here received a boost from the Education Ministry in the form of computer tablets pre-installed with the Tutor Guru software to assist them in lessons.
A total of 17,638 tablets will be distributed to them under a national initiative announced by Prime Minister Datuk Seri Najib Razak on May 5 to narrow the digital divide between teachers and students.
The first batch of tablets was distributed to 42,882 teachers in Sarawak last month.
The Tutor Guru software was developed by the Utusan Group and the tablet also comes installed with the Utusan Malaysia e-paper.
The software allows teachers to use their creativity to fashion digital worksheets for their lessons and obtain additional information which could be beneficial for daily classes.
Teachers would also be able to encourage students to interact and take part actively in classrooms.
At the launch of the tablet’s distribution here yesterday, Education Minister Datuk Seri Mahdzir Khalid said the e-learning concept in classrooms could be realised with the tablet and its Tutor Guru software.
“The use of this tablet in classrooms is a small revolution in the education world which will benefit teachers and students in the long run,” he said.
“Students will be able to experience a personalised learning environment with the information and communications technology (ICT) provided in classrooms.
“We will definitely be able to reach international standards in the education industry with initiatives like this.”
He said the use of ICT would also decrease the burden on teachers as they would be able to plan their classes from wherever they were.
“The ministry understands teachers face pressure with the extra requirements, which is another reason we initiated this tablet as it will assist them with their workload,”
Utusan Melayu (Malaysia) Group managing director Datuk Mohd Noordin Abbas said the tablet would enhance the learning process.
“It gives teachers time to plan their schedule and prepare e-learning lessons in advance and more efficiently. It is a revolution which will improve education in the long run,” he said.
Mohd Noordin said the government’s proactive measure to allow the e-paper application on the tablet was an added advantage, as students would be exposed to daily happenings from a young age.
“The extra information found on the e-paper can be used in the teaching and learning process in classrooms,” he said.
Federal Territory education director Foziah Buang said the e-learning approach would also strengthen the bond between teachers and students.
“The generational gap between students and teachers can be narrowed as both parties will be able to interact better with the use of technology.”