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  • 1.The Malaysian Smart SchoolAn MSC Flagship Application A Conceptual BlueprintSmart School Project Team

2. Smart School Conceptual BlueprintCopyright 1997 Government of Malaysia Smart School Project Team Creation date : 4 April, 1997 Last update date : 11 July, 1997 Related Documents Smart School Implementation Plan Smart School Conceptual Request For Proposals (Concept RFPs)9 July, 1997 Page 2Smart School Project Team 3. Smart School Conceptual BlueprintTable of ContentsIntroduction5Executive Summary 8The Conceptual Model18 The Malaysian National Philosophy of Education 19 Definition, Components and Goals 20-23Smart School Teaching and Learning Concepts: Guiding Principles 24 Introduction 25-26 Curriculum 27-38 Pedagogy 39-47 Assessment 48-57 Teaching-Learning Materials58-65Smart School Management 66 Introduction 67-69 Functional Areas 70-79Smart School Processes and Scenarios80 Introduction 81 Processes82-83 Scenarios84-889 July, 1997Page 3 Smart School Project Team 4. Smart School Conceptual Blueprint Table of Contents (continued)People, Skills and Responsibilities89 Introduction90 The Stakeholders91 Development Outlines92-98Technology Enablers99 Introduction100-101 Implications and Potential Requirements 102-108 Possible Scenarios of a Smart School Configuration109-115Smart School Policy Implications 116 Introduction117-118 Framework 119 Policy Areas that Need to be Addressed120-126Concluding Remarks 127Appendix 1: Smart Schools in Malaysia : A Quantum Leap 129-141Appendix 2: Golden Rules for the Smart School Project Team 142-143Appendix 3: Detailed Smart School Process Flows144-154Appendix 4: Professional Development for Smart School Teachers 155-159Appendix 5: The Smart School Project Team160-161Bibliography 162-168Glossary 169-1739 July, 1997 Page 4Smart School Project Team 5. Smart School Conceptual Blueprint The Malaysian Smart School Introduction9 July, 1997Page 5 Smart School Project Team 6. Smart School Conceptual BlueprintIntroductionIntroductionEarly in 1996, the Ministry of Education wasA set of golden rules were developed to guideinvolved in intense discussion about Smart the team, so that, despite representing variousSchools: the concept and its implications on the interests, the team would be united in workingMalaysian education system. By late 1996, the towards common national goals. Team membersSmart School had become one of the sevenworked collaboratively by ensuring theirflagship applications of the Multimedia Super solutions are acceptable to all members, creatingCorridor. In January 1997, the Ministry ofvisionary solutions, andpractisingopenEducation conceptualised the vision of thecommunication within the team. In addition, theyMalaysian Smart School in the document Smart were also guided by confidentiality provisionsSchools in Malaysia: A Quantum Leap (Appendixthat prevented vendor competition. A set of1).This Blueprint is an elaboration and these rules are attached in Appendix 2.refinement of that vision and its features.To produce this Blueprint, the team drew onAproject team,comprising industry various kinds of resources. Team members maderepresentatives,MultimediaDevelopment study visits to Smart Schools in various parts ofCorporation officers, and officers of the the world and reported on their findings. TheMinistry of Education, worked at producing this combined resources of the team produced anBlueprint. The team was convened in Februaryextensive bibliography of publications on the1997 and continued its work until June 1997. Thephilosophy, concepts and planning of Smartteam was charged with the task of proposing the Schools.necessary guidelines for launching the SmartSchool.9 July, 1997Page 6 Smart School Project Team 7. Smart School Conceptual Blueprint Introduction Introduction (continued)This Blueprint reflects the MalaysianIn producing this Blueprint, the teamSmart School concept. It should be readgratefully acknowledges the help of varioustogether with the Malaysian Smartagencies and individuals. The team wouldSchool Implementation Plan and the especially like to thank the following:Concept Requests for Proposals (CRFPs). the Minister of Education, senior officialsThese documents enable companies toof the Ministry of Education, members ofrespond and participate in the Smart the Steering Committee;School system to be established. The various Divisions of the Ministry ofCRFPs present a set of requirements to Education for providing professional inputguide companies to use their creativityand facilities;and initiative to produce the best sets of those who helped develop a framework ofapplications for Malaysias Smart Schools. pedagogy for Smart Schools; parents and members of the public forIn addition to using the expertise and providing important feedback on the draftexperience of team members, the team Blueprint;also sought the advice of a wide range of those who helped arrange visits to schoolsexperts in the fields of education and in various countries;industry. the companies which contributed towards equipping the project team rooms withThe Smart School Steering Committee of hubs, computers, printers, software andthe Ministry of Education deliberated on peripherals.an earlier draft of this Blueprint andprovided useful insights and commentstowards its finalisation.9 July, 1997 Page 7Smart School Project Team 8. Smart School Conceptual BlueprintExecutive Summary The Malaysian Smart SchoolExecutiveSummary9 July, 1997Page 8 Smart School Project Team 9. Smart School Conceptual BlueprintExecutive SummaryExecutive Summary Malaysia intends to transform its educationalThe Smart Schools initiative is one of the seven system, in line with and in support of the nationsflagship applications that are part of Malaysias drive to fulfil Vision 2020. This Vision calls for Multimedia Super Corridor (MSC) project. The sustained, productivity-driven growth, which will be Government of Malaysia aims to capitalise on the achievable only with a technologically literate, presence of leading-edge technologies and the rapid critically thinking work force prepared to development of the MSCs infrastructure to jump- participate fully in the global economy of the 21ststart deployment of enabling technology to schools. century. At the same time, Malaysias National This will be done by creating a group of 90 pilot Smart Philosophy of Education calls for developing theSchools by 1999 that will serve as the nucleus for the potential of individuals in a holistic and integratedeventual nation-wide rollout of Smart School teaching manner, so as to produce individuals who are concepts and materials, skills, and technologies. By intellectually, spiritually, emotionally, and physically 2010, all 10,000 of Malaysias primary and secondary balanced and harmonious. The catalyst for thisschools will be Smart Schools. massive transformation will be technology-This Blueprint - like the Smart School concept itself - supported Smart Schools, which will improve howis a work in progress and remains open to evolutionary the educational system achieves the Nationalrefinement, including advances in pedagogy and Philosophy of Education, while fostering theimprovements in information technology. Consequently, development of a work force prepared to meet thethis document is descriptive, rather than prescriptive. challenges of the next century.For a fuller understanding of the Smart School Transforming the educational system will entailinitiative, the Blueprint should be read with the Smart changing the culture and practices of Malaysias School Implementation Plan, which outlines the primary and secondary schools, moving away fromimplementation process and timetable, and the Concept memory-based learning designed for the average Requests for Proposals, which define the projects student to an education that stimulates thinking,requirements. creativity, and caring in all students, caters to individual abilities and learning styles, and is based on more equitable access. It will require students to exercise greater responsibility for their own education, while seeking more active participation by parents and the wider community.9 July, 1997Page 9 Smart School Project Team 10. Smart School Conceptual Blueprint Executive SummaryExecutive Summary (continued) This document summarises the Blueprint and is Preparing students for the Information Age depends organised into eight sections:on an integrated strategy: Conceptual ModelProvide all-round development with provision for Teaching and Learning Concepts: Guiding Principlesindividual abilities, offering a broad curriculum for all, Managementwith electives, that is vertically integrated, Processes and Scenarios multidisciplinary and interdisciplinary. People, Skills, and Responsibilities Emphasise intellectual, emotional, spiritual, and Technology Enablers physical growth, concentrating on thinking, developing Policy Implications and applying values, and using correct language across Concluding Remarks the curriculum. Conceptual ModelProduce a technologically literate work force that can think critically, encouraging thought and creativity The Malaysian Smart School is a learning across the curriculum and applying technology institution that has been systemically effectively in teaching and learning. reinvented in terms of teaching-learning practices and school management in order to Democratise education, offering equal access to prepare children for the Information Age. A learning opportunities and accommodating differing Smart School will evolve over time, continuously learning abilities, styles, and paces. developing its professional staff, its educational resources, and its administrative Increase the participation of stakeholders, creating capabilities. This will allow the school to adapt awareness of their roles and responsibilities and to changing conditions, while continuing to developing the skills they need for that. prepare students for life