A blazing performance indeed

Sunday September 2, 2012

http://thestar.com.my/education/story.asp?file=/2012/9/2/education/11864917&sec=education

THE trio from team Blaze of SMK Aminuddin Baki, Kuala Lumpur, were beaming with pride when they won the “Websites of Tomorrow” competition organised by Taylor’s College recently.

With their entry “15 For A Change”, the group beat nine other teams in the inaugural Taylor’s competition finals.

Team leader Narrhveein Rajasegaran was shocked and delighted that his team had won.

Together with teammates Farouk Azim Abdul Rahman and Crystal Ng Pei Qi, the students were pleasantly surprised that their efforts had been rewarded.

“We certainly learnt a lot, both individually and as a team. In preparing for this competition, we have gained knowledge and experience not only in building a website but also in teamwork, understanding and tolerance.

Winning smiles: Farouk Azim (third from left), Crystal (centre) and Narrhveein (third from right) with Rofi (second from left) and Prof Zoraini (left) at the finals.Winning smiles: Farouk Azim (third from left), Crystal (centre) and Narrhveein (third from right) with Rofi (second from left) and Prof Zoraini (left) at the finals.

“By coming together as a team with a common goal, it was easier to overcome all obstacles in conceptualising and creating our website,” said Narrhveein.

Teacher Rofi Hussein who facilitated team Blaze, said that the competition was a wonderful opportunity for students to learn how to develop and manage their own website, create content and discover the aspects of good web usability.

“Most importantly, it encourages students to try new fields that they have not ventured into before,” said Rofi.

Aimed at encouraging students to interact on an e-learning platform, the competition seeks to develop both IT skills and other skills such as planning and problem-solving that are deemed vital for the students’ progress through their course of education, said Taylor’s College president Lim Tou Boon.

Open to schools nationwide, the competition received encouraging response with a total of 51 participating teams from different schools.

To kick-start the website creating process, Taylor’s College Learning Technology Unit had conducted a tutorial workshop entitled “How to Build a Simple and Effective Website” prior to the competition.

Participants had to choose from five different themes: My School or My Class, My Club, My Social Responsibility, My Culture or My Interests and My Business Idea.

These themes cater to the different interests of students and play a vital role in guiding them to construct websites with a focused direction.

The judging panel at the finals consisted of Prof Dr Zoraini Wati Abas from Open University Malaysia and Zaid Ali Alsagoff from International Medical University.

The champions walked away with RM2,000 and an iPad for their school.

The first runner-up, team Hexa from Sri Garden School, took home RM1,500 and RM1,000 for their school whereas second runner-up team Master Minds of SMK Bandar Utama Damansara (4) received RM1,000 and RM500 for their school.

Consolation prize winners, teams Somewhere in the Middle (SMK Bukit Bandaraya) and Critical Mind (SMJK Yu Hua), won RM500 each.