#mydigitalmaker adopts diverse strategies to drive teachers and students in Malaysia to grow the digital economy

#mydigitalmaker is an initiative that was launched at the end of 2015 to support Malaysian youth to become producers in the digital economy. The program, organized by a group of organizations from academia, public and private sectors, consists in promoting the introduction of advanced digital literacy elements into the national education curriculum.

Since January 2017, the program enabled the introduction of computational thinking in all subjects taught to students during the first year of primary school and the offering of Computer Science as an elective class. Now, as the year 2018 begins, computational thinking will be embedded in standard classes from three additional years of education and 2019 will see the introduction of the same subject in the entire curriculum for primary and secondary school.

It is also necessary to highlight that the secondary school system already offers Design Technology as an elective subject to expose students to coding and computing science. Students in Design Technology and Computing Science classes for secondary school beginning in 2018 will  work on micro controller kits such as Raspberry Pi.

Further efforts have been placed into preparing more than 70,000 teachers to support students through computational thinking. However, the program is still intending to improve the teacher’s knowledge with support from the 13 Premier Digital Tech Universities and Preferred Digital Tech Polytechnics. These institutions offer Digital Maker Hubs for students to use digital tools outside of their homes and provide teachers with learning tools for improving their skills through Continuous Professional Development Centers which are available during weekends. More than 10,000 educators have participated in these courses.

Finally, a program called Digital Ninjas (organized through #mydigitalmaker) is used to identify talented kids with interest in enhancing their digital skills both from technical and creative perspectives. These students aged 13 to 16, receive scholarships and are invited to participate in internships with different organizations that might offer to provide them with further educational opportunities and give them exposure to the tech field.

Source:Digital News Asia