Virtual Classrooms are virtually here


It is strangely in the field of education that the full consequences of ICT have not taken place yet. But that day is around the corner. How will it change the way we think about learning, teaching, education policies and knowledge itself?

At school I had decent handwriting, but it’s been steadily getting worse. More worryingly, the other day I was handed a paper map and absentmindedly tried to pinch-zoom it. I can remember life without the Internet or mobile phones. I can even remember writing whole essays by hand, but it’s no mystery what’s happening to me. Like many others, I’m obviously experiencing the side effects of heavy keyboard and touchscreen use.

In 1999, the Malaysian government launched an initiative to bring ICT to all state schools. The aim was all schools would be transformed into “smart” schools.

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