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EdTech in Southeast Asia

Southeast Asia is proving to be fertile ground for internet-enabled education

startups. Many countries in the region have creaking school systems that are now being
asked to find room for swelling numbers of youths. The Edtech venture has partnered
with 100 or so municipalities. It specializes in video streams of classroom lectures.
EdTech in the Philippines

From the most exclusive of international schools and universities through to the
poorest and most remote institutions, Filipino education is being fundamentally
transformed by the power of technology.
Despite this, the core way that we teach remains rooted in traditional approaches
to learning. In order for the full value of technology to be unleashed within our education
systems, there is an equally important discussion that needs to be had around what the
future of pedagogy and educational institutions themselves should look like. This is what
EdTECH Philippines is all about.
Rather than viewing technology as an end in itself, or as a bolt on to otherwise
unaffected educational practices, we instead look at technology as holding the keys to a
fundamental, end to end transformation of the purpose and delivery of education. Its
that important. At EdTECH Philippines we pride ourselves on bringing together
thousands of educators from across the country to evaluate and plan for the future of
learning. Part of a series of events that spans the globe, attendees benefit from the very
latest in teaching strategies, cutting edge technologies and collaboration opportunities.

Superior EdTech in Souteast Asia

Leading country in terms of EduTech makes better the learning of the students.
1. Singapore

Singapore is located at the North of Indonesia, South of Malaysia and East of


Singapore's education institutions are considered among the most advanced in the
world with regard to information technology. In the future, all Singapore schools will be
connected to the Next Generation Broadband Network (NGBN), which will provide ultra-
high speed wireless connectivity. In Singapore, one of the main impacts of technology is
a shift in the mindset of educators to discover how curriculum and the teaching
environment can become more learner-centered through the enabling of ICT. Instead of
always relying on the traditional curriculum, we now have more experiments with
modular approaches, flipped classrooms and learning content beyond the shores of
Singapore. One of the advantages of ICT is that it can expand access to education.
Through ICT, students can access online course materials anytime and anywhere,
learning at their own pace. E-discussion forums allow many students to discuss learning
content at the same time. Video clips, audio sounds and graphical presentation bring
content to life.

EdTech Features:
Master plan One : (1997-2002) started out by aiming to allow students to have
computer usage for 30 percent of their curriculum time in fully networked schools
and at a computer to pupil ratio of 1:2.
Masterplan Two (2002-2008) moved beyond the provision of Information and
Communication Technologies (ICT) resources to encourage teachers to use ICT
profitably in teaching and learning.
Masterplan Three (2009-2014) builds on the platform laid by the first two
Masterplans to transform the learning environments of the students through ICT
and equip the students with the critical competencies to succeed in a knowledge
2. Thailand

Thailand is located at the North of Cambodia, South of Myanmar(Burma), West of Laos

and far East of Sri Lanka.

Education Technology start-ups in Thailand today are still very small in number,
but one that has gained rapid interest from international investors is ParentsHero.
ParentsHero is a community-based online.

EdTech feature
Offers Technical and Vocational Education
Dual Vocational Training
Full internet support ICT room

3. Malaysia

Malaysia is located at the North of Singapore, South-West of Cambodia, North-

West of Brunei and South-East of Sri Lanka.

Malaysia has a long-term vision, usually referred to as Vision 2020 which calls
for sustained, productivity-driven growth, which will be achievable only with a
technologically literate, critically thinking workforce prepared to participate fully in the
global economy of the 21st century.
In order to support the countrys ICT master plan and in line with the countrys
drive to fulfill Vision 2020, the education system has to be transformed for which the
initiative of Smart Schools took place. The aim of these Smart Schools is to help the
country achieve the aims of the National Philosophy of Education as well as to foster
the development of a workforce prepared to meet the challenges of the 21st century.
Have a look at these educational technology startups to see the progress
Malaysia has been making in the field of EdTech.
EdTech Features:
NexVend is a one-stop tech solution. Their latest EdTech product, a collaborative
education web application, GrabEdu, for college students.
GrabEdu allows lecturers to monitor their students' progress closely from time to
time through problem sets and assignments created by NexVend team. By using
GrabEdu, universities can also save cost in hiring inexperience lab demo or tutor
and invest that money into researches.
Student Pal - It works as a personal assistant app of any student who owns it. All
the services offered by schools can be accessed easily with student pal.
Students just need to download and install the app in their smartphones, choose
their school and the app takes care of the rest.

Inferior EdTech in Souteast Asia

EdTech of a country lies upon their economy entry.

1. Timor-Leste (East Timor)

Timor-Leste (East Timor) is located at the South of Brunei, Malaysia, Singapore and

Timor-Lestes ten years of independence have been marked by both progress and
conflicts. At independence, many schools had been destroyed and there were also
severe shortages of teachers.
There were immediate challenges in reconstructing essential infrastructure, to
ensure children could get to a school, along with recruitment and training of teachers
and other education professionals.
Meanwhile, rapid population growth created additional pressure for the government
to provide a quality education system for future generations. The government is
committed to ensuring that children are not only going to school, but that they are
learning effectively.

EdTech Features:
HIGH-DEFINITION photo supported book.
Small ICT classroom
Slow internet connection
2. Myanmar

Myanmar is located at the Southern part of Bangladesh and Bhutan, East of Sri
Lanka, North of Vietnam and North-West of Laos.

Despite the enthusiasm for ICT, there are some very basic needs in the education
system in Myanmar that need to be met. Enrolment in secondary education hovers at
just over 50 percent, one of the lowest figures globally. A Comprehensive Education
Sector Review (CESR) is being conducted by the Ministry of Education and other
education-related ministries in collaboration with development partners to understand
fully and comprehensively the current status of education in Myanmar, as well as the
strengths and gaps in reforming the education system. It was against this backdrop of
major challenges in the existing education system plus the coming availability of mobile
broadband in many of the nations schools which previously didnt even have a basic
phone line that Ericsson and the ministry focused their attention on how to harness
the power of mobile broadband and apply global best practice to the Myanmar context.

EdTech Features:

Not enough attention was paid to the engagement of teachers in the process and
to building up their competence in incremental steps in ICT subject.
Limited access of computer facilities
Low quality of ICT rooms
3. Indonesia

Indonesia is located North of Timor-Leste (East Timor) and South of Malaysia,

Singapore and Brunei.

Falls under the responsibility of the Ministry of Education and Culture. In Indonesia, all
citizens must undertake twelve years of compulsory education which consists of six
years at elementary level and three in secondary level. Islamic schools are under the
responsibility of the Ministry of Religious Affairs.

EdTech Features:
Lack of teacher ICT skills
Limited uses of technology
Small rooms for ICT components.

What the Philippines Should Do

Import more computer-based technology for teaching.
Train the teacher in ICT to teach their student.
Increase internet speed for better research and use of E-learning.
Each schools may be supported with full-networked computer for educational

What I Can Do
Research about EdTech in other country and compare them to the Philippines of
what technology they had and what technology we need to improve.
Learn about EdTech so that I can teach also about EdTech.
Create an ICT classroom with full of computer technology supported with high
speed internet connection.
Conduct training about E-learning.