Post-Event Wrap Up: Education Digital Solutions Day 2023Janice Wong
Go Digital Series: Education Digital Solutions Day 2023 - Event Recap
In this digital age, the way we learn and teach is evolving rapidly, and here at PointStar, we believe that digital solutions are key to meeting the challenges and opportunities of this new era. From online learning platforms to virtual classrooms, educational apps, and AI-powered teaching tools, the possibilities are endless.
As part of our education digitalization initiatives, we hosted an Education Digital Solutions Day on May 24, 2023, at The Gardens Hotel. This event focuses on total integrated digital learning solutions for education institutions.
We brought together educators, technology professionals, and education ecosystem players that are passionate about education and innovation to discuss the latest trends and technologies in education.
Google for Education: Professional Development Service Partner
It was our great honour to receive the recognition of Google for Education Professional Development Service Partner from Mr. Raja Azmi, Country Director of Google for Education (Malaysia, Singapore, and Brunei). This appointment recognizes Pointstar’s expertise in providing high-quality, professional development and consultation that helps leaders in education to use Google for Education tools to improve student learning.
Pointstar offers a variety of professional development solutions for educators and on-site training customized to meet the specific needs of each school or district. These workshops are led by Google certified trainers and coaches who are experts in using Google for Education tools.
Recognition presented to Mr. Justin Lee, CEO of PointStar by Mr. Raja Azmi, Country Director of Google for Education.
Education Digital Solutions Showcase
Education technology (Edtech) is the use of technology to improve the learning process. Edtech can be used to deliver instruction, provide feedback, and assess student learning. It can also be used to create more engaging and interactive learning experiences.
We had the opportunity to gather some of the leading technology partners for a solution showcase featuring a variety of innovative technologies that can meet educational needs and solve challenges of leaders in education.
At the Google for Education booth, participants were able to gain insights on 10 things that they might not know about Google Workspace for Education. Some of the participants were truly amazed by the capabilities of the tools that they were not aware of. Besides, they were able to bring home a ChromeOS Flex thumb drive to try out the installation for themselves at the Chrome for Education station.
Logitech showcased its line of solutions and services designed to help educators and students learn and collaborate more effectively. Logitech for Education solution includes classroom video conferencing setup, whiteboard camera, personal workspace setup, and accessories such as business keyboards, mice, and pointers.
Cisco Meraki offers a suite of network management solutions that can be used to secure and manage educational networks. These solutions make it easy for IT administrators to keep students and devices safe, while also providing the bandwidth and performance needed for learning.
The latest Samsung Interactive Display – Flip Pro is designed specifically with the education sector in mind. It can be used for a variety of activities, including presentations, collaboration, and video conferences. It is a great way to engage students and make learning more fun.
At the ASUS showcase booth, some models of Chromebooks were displayed for participants to try out this rugged, reliable device that is ideal for use in the classroom. Chromebook is easy to use and manage, and it comes with a variety of educational apps pre-installed.
The education solution showcase was a great opportunity for educators to learn about the latest innovations in education technology. The feedback from the participants was positive and many of them expressed interest in learning more about the technologies that were showcased.
Solution showcase from Google Cloud, Cisco Meraki, and Samsung Electronics.
Journey of Malaysia's 1st Google Reference School
One of the event’s key highlights will be the sharing from Mr. Osama Yunes, IT & Development Manager of Spectrum International School (SIS) on their journey of creating a holistic ecosystem for the future with Google for Education.
Recently selected as the Google Reference School in the country, SIS is recognized by Google for their outstanding use of technology to drive positive learning outcomes. Mr. Osama shared that the school had successfully transitioned to 100% remote learning within one day during the announcement of the nationwide lockdown back in 2020.
At Spectrum International School, technology is at the heart of their educational approach. Each student has their own device and Google account, allowing them to collaborate & access educational resources and tools. SIS empowers their students to develop essential digital skills and become lifelong learners by integrating “Grow with Google” syllabus.
To ensure the teachers are well-equipped, SIS prioritize 100% Google literacy skills for all staff members. With that, teachers can effectively integrate technology into their instructional practices, creating engaging and interactive learning experiences. Additionally, 60% of SIS staff members hold Google Certified Educator certifications, demonstrating their expertise and commitment to leveraging technology in education.
The relationship between parents and the school are relatively crucial as it plays an essential role for student success. Thus, SIS’s parent-friendly approach includes utilizing Google Diary as a platform for teacher-parent communication, enabling transparent and direct communication. Parents also have access to to Google accounts, allowing them to stay informed and actively participate in their child’s education.
Besides that, to streamline operations and enhance efficiency, SIS have automated and digitized their operations using Google Cloud. From attendance management to resource allocation, Google Cloud enabled them to optimize their workflow and focus on the core mission of providing quality education.
Left: Fireside chat between Mdm. Azrina Azmi from Google for Education and Mr. Osama Yunes from Spectrum International School.
Right: Spectrum International School team with PointStar and Google for Education team.
Learn Beyond Modern Classroom
The modern classroom is no longer confined to the four walls of a traditional schoolhouse. With the help of innovative technology, students can learn from anywhere, at any time. We had the honor to bring together several industry experts for a panel discussion moderated by Mr. Syamsul Faizal, Google Cloud. The panelists includes Mdm. Chua Lay Hong from Logitech, Mr. Lenny Lin from Asus, and Mr. Mark Dave from Samsung Electronics.
In this panel session, they discussed the benefits of these technologies and how they can help teachers to create a more engaging and interactive learning environment.
Benefits of modern classroom setup:
- Engagement: Students are more likely to be engaged in learning when they are able to interact with their teachers and peers in a real-time setting. Logitech Video conferencing allows students to see and hear their teachers and classmates, which can help them feel more connected to the learning process.
- Collaboration: Facilitate collaboration between students with Samsung Flip Pro smart display. Students can work together on projects, share ideas, and provide feedback to each other with tools from Google Workspace for Education. This can help them develop their critical thinking and problem-solving skills.
- Access to experts: Connect students with experts from all over the world. This can give students the opportunity to learn from people who are at the forefront of their fields.
- Flexibility: Learn from anywhere, at any time with a secured device such as ASUS Chromebooks. This can be especially beneficial for students who are homebound or who have busy schedules.
Bringing AI to Student Engagement
Google Cloud offers a variety of tools and services that can be used to improve student engagement. These tools can be used to personalize learning, provide adaptive assessments, create virtual tutors, and use data-driven decision-making.
Personalized learning is one of the most important benefits of using Google Cloud AI. By using AI to track student progress and identify areas where they need additional support, educators can provide personalized learning experiences that are tailored to the individual needs of each student. This can help students to feel more motivated and engaged in their learning, as they are able to learn at their own pace and focus on the areas that they need the most help with.
Adaptive assessments are tailored to the individual needs of each student, and they provide feedback that can help students to improve their understanding of the material. This can help students to feel more confident in their abilities, as they are able to see how they are progressing and where they need to improve.
Virtual tutors can be used to provide students with individualized instruction. They can be accessed online, and they can be used by students at any time. This can be helpful for students who need additional help or who want to learn at their own pace. Virtual tutors can help students to feel more supported and engaged in their learning, as they have access to someone who can answer their questions and help them to understand the material.
Data-driven decision-making is the use of data to make decisions about curriculum, instruction, and assessment. Google Cloud offers a variety of business intelligence tools such as Big Query and Looker that can be used to collect data about student performance, and this data can be used to make data-driven decisions about how to improve student learning.
Digitalize your Education Delivery with PointStar
Overall, the event was a great success and provided a valuable opportunity for participants to learn about and discuss the latest trends in Education Digital Solutions. The event also generated a lot of excitement and enthusiasm for the future of education.
Check out more details about Google for Education and start your education digitalization journey now with PointStar.
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