Google has just announced that the Malaysian government has recently adopted Google Apps, which will be used within classrooms as part of the initiative of their 1BestariNet, a MYR 1.5 billion (about US$490 million) project by the Ministry of Education that aims to include usage of Information and Communications Technology (ICT) as a teaching method in classrooms. It is one of the many steps the ministry is undertaking to transform the national education system within the next 13 years. Classrooms throughout the country will be receiving their Chromebooks — cloud-powered notebook computers designed to run on Chrome OS and Google Apps.
In order for the plan to work, this requires the Government to engage two YTL owned companies to offer their services: Yes4G and FrogAsia. In order to allow classrooms to be continuously connected to the internet, mobile provider Yes4G will be contracted by the ministry to provide high speed 2 to 10 Mbps connectivity in around 10,000 primary and secondary schools. Meanwhile, FrogAsia is tasked into connecting the entire nation’s classrooms through a Virtual Learning Environment that allows users to access learning materials and resources. It uses cloud technology, which enables students to upload their homework or acquire important documents outside of class. Not only that, school administrators can organise their school calendars and disseminate school notices via the Internet.
According to Google, Chromebooks from Samsung and Acer will be involved in the project, which explains the appearance of the WiMax-equipped Samsung Series 5 Chromebook.
The potentials of the project are unimaginable and if it succeeds in ensuring the commitment of all the tech giants involved, this can help shape the future of the Malaysian students involved, which will be especially relevant in today’s cloud-centric computing environment.
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