First of all, I must congratulate Unit Kemajuan IT Negeri for organizing again the biennial Web + Courseware Design Competition this year in collaboration with Jabatan Pelajaran Sabah, Suruhanjaya Komunikasi dan Multimedia Malaysia, KKIPC Sdn. Bhd. and Digital Heritage Sdn. Bhd..
It is an honor and privilege for me to be given the opportunity once again to launch this Web + Courseware Design Competition 2007.
I am confident that this event will provide a good opportunity for everyone especially the students and teachers not only to develop their technical skills in web development, graphic design, programming and so on, but will also enable them to network and share knowledge and experiences with one another.
The main objectives of this competition are:
- To encourage students and teachers to develop their ICT skills in designing innovative learning tools
- To promote the effective use of ICT in teaching and learning processes in schools
- To promote the importance of local content development in the education sector in line with the Governmentís initiative in developing a knowledge-based society
The WCDD 2007 competition is opened to all students from all schools and learning institutions from primary right up to the universities and colleges, public or private. The competition will comprise three main sections with four categories.
The main sections are (1) local information web page design (2) courseware design, and (3) best school homepage. The four main categories are (1) primary schools, (2) lower secondary schools, (3) upper secondary schools, and (4) post-secondary institutions including the teachersí training colleges.
Under the local information web page design section, there is no limit to the number of teams that each participating school wishes to send. However, each team may comprise up to a maximum of three students only. Similarly for the courseware design section, there is no limit to the total number of participants from each school. However, this section is only opened to teachers from the primary or secondary schools. Their work must also conform to the scope of the syllabus as dictated by the Ministry of Education.
For the best school homepage section, this is opened to primary and secondary schools only and each school can only submit one entry. It can be your existing website or you may wish to develop a completely new one. The choice is yours. You can also obtain further information about this competition on the Education Net web site, i.e., http://www.sabah.edu.my. Attractive prizes in cash and kind await the winning schools. For those non-winning entries will also receive certificate of participation. The Chief Ministerís Challenge Trophy will be awarded to the best among the winning entries.
We should always keep in mind that it is not whether you win or lose in this competition, but how much you learn and gain from it that counts.
The 2005 competition was a great success. It drew nearly 134 entries from students and teachers mainly from Kota Kinabalu, Inanam, Tambunan, Kota Belud, Tawau, Papar and Sandakan. For this yearís competition, we will organize a series of awareness activities in the hope to increase the number of participating schools, especially schools in the rural areas. This is also one way to help to bridge the digital divide.
In any case, the registration form can be downloaded from http://www.sabah.edu.my. The deadline for the submission of the registration form is on or before 26 May 2007. Further details about this competition is available at http://www.sabah.edu.my. You may also contact Unit Kemajuan IT Negeri Sabah at 088-240319.
Last but not the least, no event will work smoothly and successfully without full participation and support from all of you. Thus, I am thankful to everyone for their ongoing support and cooperation.