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Tuesday, June 15, 2021

Primary 5 and 6 students can now start applying for Sri KDU International School (Klang) scholarship

It is that time of the year when parents start pondering the question of whether to transfer their children out from public school to international school which starts its intake in September. 

It is around this time that many students make the switch from public school to International school. Some parents prefer to move their kids from Std 5 straight to the corresponding level in International school while others prefer to switch in Std 6 after completing primary school in SK, SJKC or SJKC. Which will it be for you?

Good news! Sri KDU International School Klang is now offering a limited number of scholarships for the September 2021 intake. The Sri KDU International School (Klang) Scholarship is open to outstanding Malaysian students applying for entry into Year 7 & 8. 

Sri KDU International School Klang Scholarship

Who can apply: 

Std 5 and Std 6 students from SK, SJKC or SJKT with excellent academic results and co-curricular participation

What does the scholarship cover?

The Sri KDU International School Klang scholarship covers the application fee, registration fee and annual tuition fee for full scholarships and up to 50% off the annual tuition fee for partial scholarships.

When to apply: 

Starting from 9th June 2021

When is the closing date: 

4pm on 1st July 2021

What to expect: 

Shortlisted candidates will be invited for an assessment or interview which will be held between 6 July to 26 July 2021 with one parent in attendance. 

What is required:

During application, you may be required to submit the following supporting documents.
  • Photo
  • Birth Certificate/MyKID/MyKAD
  • Letter of recommendation from current school teacher or Principal (if available).
  • Latest semester results (school reports/transcripts).
  • Results/proof of outstanding achievements (games, sport or other relevant areas).
  • Proof of involvement in school/community activities.

Where to apply: 

The application is fully online. Click here to apply for Sri KDU International School Klang Scholarship

Contact Information

Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/SriKDUKlang

Tel: +603 3082 6888

Email: info.klg@srikdu.edu.my

About Sri KDU International School Klang

Sri KDU International School (Klang) offers programmes of study leading to the IGCSE (International General Certificate of Secondary Education), as laid out in the Cambridge Assessment International Education (CAIE) curriculum supplemented by the National Curriculum of England (NCE), alongside the requirements set by the Ministry of Education, Malaysia. Sri KDU International School (Klang) aims to bring quality education to students so that they will demonstrate a strong commitment to learning. Sri KDU International School (Klang) is Asia’s 1st school for Digital Leadership where students will be equipped with the mindsets to push the technological boundaries of any industry they choose. 

This post was brought to you by Sri KDU International School Klang

Wednesday, June 09, 2021

6 Reasons Why You Should Have a Computer Monitor ScreenBar instead of a Desk Lamp


What Is a Computer Monitor ScreenBar?

For the purpose of this article, let's take a look at the BenQ LED e-Reading Monitor Light / ScreenBar.

The BenQ Monitor ScreenBar is an eReading light bar which rests directly on your desktop computer for illumination therefore eliminating the need for a desk lamp.

Here are the top 7 reasons why you should have a monitor light bar instead of a desk lamp

1. Space Saving and Unobtrusive

The e-Reading Monitor Light or ScreenBar is space saving and unobtrusive as it can be attached to any monitor. You do not have to worry about a lamp base fighting for space on your already cluttered desk filled with your mouse, speakers, keyboards and more. No gooseneck or mechanical arms getting in the way. BenQ's Monitor ScreenBar has a patented clip design which instantly attaches to any monitor without the need for any tape or screws that may damage your computer. Webcams can easily be attached on top of the monitor light.

2. Anti Glare and No Reflection

The Monitor ScreenBar is glare free. This is due to the asymmetrical optical design that illuminates your desk without shining on your screen, which ensures zero reflective glare off your monitor screen. In addition to this, the LED light does not flicker and is free of blue light hazard. In contrast, you will have a challenging time trying to angle your traditional desk lamp to ensure that there is no glare.

3. Smart Lamp with Auto Dimming

The ScreenBar e-Reading lamp is equipped with a sensor that detects the surrounding brightness and automatically adjusts the brightness of the light to just the correct level for eye comfort. You do not have to continually adjust the brightness of your computer screen which can emit uncomfortable
strong contrasts of lights. Monitor light bars can brighten your and focus on your workspace without boosting the brightness of the screen, which can be taxing on your eyes. 

4. Hue Adjustment

The type of light you need is different when reading an e-book or when looking at a heavily animated site with lots of graphics. The BenQ Screenbar Light comes with ambient lighting adjustment 2700K warm light and 6500K Cool Light . Cool light for concentration or warm light for relaxation. You can adjust it at the tap of a button.

5. Conveniently USB powered

No extra wiring required as the lamp is powered by USB which you can plug into your monitor, CPU, phone charger or power bank.

6. It's portable

As the screenbar is easy to install and portable, you can move it from computer to computer easily, for the kids to do their online lessons or dad and mom to work from home.

With the Ministry of Education's recent announcement of extended home-based learning until the end of the mid term in July, and more parents working from home, it is timely to invest in a good Monitor Light / ScreenBar to protect your eyes with proper lighting designed to relief eye strain from insufficient or too much lighting.

Check out the  BenQ LED e-Reading Monitor Light / ScreenBar here.

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Friday, May 21, 2021

Where to look for digital story books for kids

 Imagine if there were a search engine for digital story books. How wonderful that would be. Well, there isn't one right now but let's look at the next best thing. 

Did you know that you can find digital story books for kids in flipping book sites?

What are flipping book sites?

A flipping book site is a site that lets you convert your pdf into a digital book format or interactive html5 format that is mobile friendly and it even lets you design them. This is a great software for work and students. Students can now present their work with style. 

There are so many flipbook sites online but in this post I am only going to talk about 3. They are

  1. Anyflip
  2. Fliphtml5
  3. Pubhtml5

The reason why I picked these 3 are because they have a search function for uploaded books which we can use to search for digital story books for kids or any other books too for that matter. Let's give it a trial run. 

Below is a short demo of how to search for books in all of the 3 sites. Use keywords to find books. Once you have found the book you like, look at the uploader to check out the other books that have been uploaded into their account. You may be in for a very nice surprise as you find dozens of wonderful storybooks for kids. Many schools including SJKC, SJKT, SK and SMK use these sites to upload whole libraries of books for students.

If you prefer hard copies of story books, check out the following but remember to read our tips for buying books online from ecommerce sites before you purchase.

We end this post with a book on coronavirus for kids.

Thursday, May 20, 2021

What parents can do to support at-home learning

Parents, siblings and even extended family members play very important roles in the language
development of a child. These groups of people arguably spend the most amount of time in the
company of that child and thus, it should come as no surprise that what we do can inadvertently
affect the child’s learning as well.

Now that most of us are back under stay-at-home orders, our time spent with our children has
increased again. This also means that children are back to learning at home and we, as family
members should do what we can to accommodate and make the experience as comfortable as we can for them.

In the video below, Geoff Taylor, the Head of Young Learners at British Council Malaysia shares his tips, not only as an expert English teacher but also as a father to his own child, on what parents can do to support their child’s learning at home.

We hope that the tips shared in the video are of use to you in easing some of the burden that comes with educating your own child at home. However, if you do require some external support with your child’s English language development, we are now open for early bird registrations for our July intake!

Register early and enjoy our early bird fees of only RM880*. Classes will be held online should we still be under a MCO rule, but we hope to resume face-to-face classes as soon as the situation is safe  enough to do so. You will be given the option to return to face-to-face instruction when the time comes. For further information, contact one of our course advisors today

*Terms and conditions apply.

This is a guest post from British Council Malaysia.

Wednesday, May 19, 2021

Tips for buying books online on ecommerce sites or in group buys

A lot of parents are turning to buying books online because of the MCO and prolonged home learning. Many buy in group buys from parents whatsapp group recommendations and also online from ecommerce sites like Shopee or Lazada.

First I want to quickly mention about group buys before doing a mini case study on tips for buying online from an ecommerce site. 

Group Buys

A group buy is when a group of people use their collective buying power to get goods at cheaper prices.

When it comes to group buys, the most important thing is to ask yourself whether you need it and whether the book is suitable for your child. 

It is so easy to get carried away in group buys. "I want! Add me. Me too." and adding your name to a long list of names makes you feel like you are getting a really good bargain and who doesn't love a bargain? Most times, it really is a good bargain too but only if you really need it. 

I remember once a parent in our kid's class whatsapp group started a group buy for a historical Chinese book when my kid was in P6 and sitting for the UPSR that year. Now the lady who started it was very involved in her child's academic progress. She even came to school to volunteer to teach or read to the students in the mornings. Her child was consistently the top student in class. 

So, when she initiated a group buy and recommended this historical Chinese book as an extra reading activity book for those who need reference for the ancient Chinese part of questions in the Chinese paper, all the parents in the whatsapp group became very excited and started adding their name to the list. 

I also added my name in jest. To be honest, I got carried away. I was worried that if I didn't have that extra reference which everyone would be getting, my child would be losing out somehow. My child and her child are not the same. My child's Chinese was not all that good and I did not understand Chinese at all. So when the book finally arrived, a thick cover book with lots of tiny little Chinese words arrived, we found it totally useless. My kid could not understand it at all. I still have this book to this day, a sore reminder of how I was once caught up in a useless group buy just because someone recommended it and almost the whole class bought it. It may have been really useful for those who are affluent in Chinese but not for us. 

So when it comes to group buys, ask yourself whether you really need it and don't get caught in the bandwagon. You should also check to see if your child or sibling already has the book! Sometimes we accidentally buy duplicate books which we already have because we are so caught up in a group buy. 

Tips for buying online from ecommerce sites

1. Search for the most competitive priced product.

When it comes to buying online, you will find that there are many sellers who are selling the same thing. Do a search to find the one that sells it at the most competitive prices. 

2. Go for sellers with a badge
On shopee, some sellers have a badge called the preferred seller badge. Preferred seller must fulfil the following criteria

On Lazada, sellers on Lazada Mall must fulfill the following criteria

3. Read the product description carefully!
It is very important to read the product description on the number of items, the colour and the dimensions of the product you are buying. Don't just look at the pictures shown by the seller. The description should match the picture.

4. Always read customer reviews of the product you wish to buy
Read the good as well as bad reviews. Check out the buyer's pictures and video to make sure they match with the seller's image. They don't always match but you don't want to find that out that the seller had put up a nice photo "for illustration purposes only" after you had already made your purchase.

5. Always view ratings or read reviews of the seller's store
If the product review is not available, make sure you at least read the seller's overall store review.

Here's a mini case study from a random seller on Shopee using the 5 tips mentioned above. 

eg. I wish to purchase these set of books and found this seller. Using the above, criteria, let's assume I have searched for competitive pricing and after looking at a few sellers, I found that this seller is charging within the normal price range that other sellers are selling and not at a marked up price. (Some sellers mark up prices especially during sales)

Next I will check to see if the seller is a preferred seller. Yes, the badge is there and that means this seller has met some important rating criteria as shown above.

Next, I am going to look at the ratings for this seller for this particular product. Has the seller sold many books or just a couple?  Things to look out for. 
  • How many people rated this store? 
  • What is their response rate like? 
  • How long have they joined the ecommerce site? 
  • How many products does the seller have in their store? 
  • What is their response time? 
  • How many followers do they have? 
Every one of these statistics tell us something important about the seller. It is better to have a seller who has been around for some time, who responds quickly to chats, and has many ratings compared to a new seller who sells only a few things and have a poor response time. Sometimes you need to chat with the seller to ask them a question or get assistance or ask why your item is taking so long to ship out. It is very frustrating to chat with a seller who responds slowly or not at all.

Speaking of shipping, you should also check out where your seller is shipping the product from in order to gauge the estimated delivery time. Are they shipping from overseas or locally?

Next, scroll down a little further to look at the specific product rating and read the reviews if any. How many rated 5 stars or 1 star, how many has comments and with media. Look at those with comments and media (pictures or videos) and check them out! Read the reviews on whether the seller ships out on time, packs the product carefully and whether the products are as advertised. Look at the buyer's pictures and videos to see if they match the pictures provided by the seller.

Next, read the product description carefully, how many books in a set you will be getting etc. If buying clothes or shoes, look at the size chart and do the necessary measurements. Other things to note in the description include the colour of the product and the dimensions.

After that, click on "View Shop" to check out the shop ratings further. This is especially important if the product does not have any ratings or reviews. If you can't read the reviews for the product, then at least read the review for the store.

At the store's home page, you can view the number of products, the number of followers, their chat performance, how long they have joined the ecommerce site and the shop's overall rating including how many buyers have rated them. Go for ratings as close to 5 as possible. Obviously the more buyers who rated is better than only a couple as it is harder to get high ratings from many buyers compared to just a few. 

You may perhaps have to spend a little bit of time to do all these but it is definitely worth it to avoid being cheated, short changed, not being able to reach the seller to ask a question or having to wait for your purchase for a long time

If you take the time to check out the pricing, sellers, product description and read reviews, you will have a more rewarding, stress free time shopping online.

You should also know the different types of online shopping scams so that you can shop safely online.

Happy buying!

This post includes some affiliate links. The example picked is for the Odonata Series of books for children just learning to read Chinese. It is rather like the Chinese version of Ladybird Keywords Peter and Jane series. Instead of Peter and Jane we follow the story of Ming Ming and Li Li and new Chinese characters are added. The series starts with 100 Chinese characters and move on up to 1200 Chinese  characters. Audio dvd read along is also available for parents who do not know Chinese to guide their children. Flash cards and activity books are available too. Some kindergartens are using this series to teach their students, so always check before buying to make sure you are not buying duplicate books.

Friday, April 16, 2021

World Book Day 2021: The importance of reading for children


Did you know that this year, World Book Day falls on the 23rd of April? To kick off the celebrations, we wanted to share with you just a few reasons why we need to continue encouraging our kids to read!

First off, for younger children just beginning to learn a new language, reading helps them improve their listening, speaking, and writing skills too. All four of these skills are intricately wound together and if one of them is found to be lacking, the whole foundation would crumble. Not to mention, these four skills will continue to follow them throughout their entire life whether it be at school, work or even their daily life.

Reading also helps children develop their own sense of self and understanding of the world. Through reading how characters in stories act to achieve their goals, children will be able to feel a kinship to these characters and mould their own attitudes and behaviours to what they feel comfortable with.

Here at the British Council we try to encourage our students to read as much as possible both inside and outside of the classroom. Just last year, before we went into our first Covid-19 related lockdown, we managed to kick off our annual reading challenge for our students. Each student was encouraged to read at least six books, which they can select themselves from our Reading Corner and upon completing the challenge, not only did they receive a special certificate but also the experience of going on six different adventures!

While we haven’t been able to continue our reading challenge this year due to safety precautions, we have been able to continue enriching our students experience in other ways through poetry, storytelling and presentation competitions which are all still closely related to the reading skill.

If you’re interested to find out whether your child would enjoy studying with us and participating in our activities, why not try out one of our classes for free! Just register your interest here and our team of consultants will be more than happy to make the arrangements for you.

This is a guest post from British Council Malaysia.

Wednesday, March 17, 2021

What learning English looks like for your child in 2021


Geoff Taylor, the Head of Young Learners at the British Council in Malaysia, shares your views on your children learning English and their broader education in Malaysia:

At the end of last year, we asked a group of Mumsgather readers to complete a survey about their child’s education and their experiences in learning English. The results were fascinating, and I am delighted to have the opportunity to share them with you.

As a British national who has lived in Asia for around 15 years, the first thing that struck me when I arrived in Malaysia was that everywhere I went I heard people speaking English. This is very different to places I have lived previously, such as Vietnam or the Czech Republic. This is also reflected in the survey results with an overwhelming number of parents saying that English is their child’s main language. However, despite saying that their child is fluent in English, they also stated that their child still has significant room for improvement in their English ability. English may be their child’s main language, but they still feel they have yet to fully master it.

Reading English books or watching English TV series and films were listed as being the main ways in which Malaysian children improve their English. In addition to English, parents expressed an interest in their children studying more topics such as Science, Technology, Engineering and Maths (STEM), and stated they were particularly interested in developing their critical thinking ability. Parents of 7-9 year olds also listed public speaking classes as something they felt would benefit their child. These areas are increasingly important in today’s global societies as we move away from the industrial age, with its foundation in hard skills, and embrace the digital age, where soft skills are increasingly vital.

According to the survey results, parents felt that getting the right teacher was crucial to their children’s education. For younger children the personality of the teacher was most important. Teachers working with younger students must genuinely love children and have a real passion and tremendous enthusiasm for what they do. For teenagers, the teacher’s expertise in the subject area was identified as being more significant.

When choosing between academic results on the one hand, and soft skills (such as communication and problem-solving) on the other, all parents chose soft skills. Again, this reflects the changing world. Obviously, our children still need to do well at school, but good academic qualifications are no longer enough to guarantee a successful future. Flexible individuals who can find creative solutions to challenges and work well with others are increasingly valued. When we consider how the world is changing, and the new global challenges we all face, is not surprising to see this strongly reflected in the survey results.

The questions parents ask about their child’s education are, in order of priority, as follows:

1. Will your child’s intellectual ability, perseverance, creativity, and other personality traits be developed?

2. Will your child’s communication skills improve?

3. Are the teachers of high quality?

4. Is the learning environment safe, supportive, and positive?

Surprisingly, it was only with teenagers that concerns about affordability and price are mentioned.

In general, what was most noticeable from the survey was that although for many children in Malaysia English is their main language, parents believe that they have a long way to go before they can be said to have completely mastered the language. Likewise, the shift from a traditional academic focus to developing core skills for life, such as communication or problem-solving ability, and even personality traits such as resilience and perseverance, reflects changes taking place in education across the globe. The British Council is proud to have been working in Malaysia for over 75 years, and we take great pleasure in doing everything we can to help Malaysian children prepare for the world of the future. Find out more about what the British Council does here

Tuesday, March 16, 2021

BenQ Shopee Mall Grand Launch Celebration Deals

In our previous post, we wrote about BenQ Eye-Care Monitor for home based learning

BenQ is now on Shopee Mall. Recently BenQ launched its official flagship store on Shopee Mall. Now you can get BenQ monitors and other BenQ products online from Shopee Mall. 

Below are some of the exciting deals during the launch period from 8th to 31st March 2021.

BenQ Shopee Mall Grand Launch Celebration Deals

- Follow BenQ Malaysia store on Shopee Mall to get vouchers when you purchase

- Get 10% Shopee coin cashback for every order during this period

- Bonus RM10 Grab Food voucher for product reviews made during launch period

Terms and conditions apply

About BenQ

BenQ stands for "Bringing Enjoyment 'N' Quality to Life". The BenQ brand aims to bring products that impact the enjoyment and quality of life in all areas including lifestyle, business, healthcare and education. Products are designed after taking into account the views of  business professionals, families, doctors and patients, teachers, and even gamers. 

BenQ uses design and technology to bring enjoyment to people's lives , to improve the quality of their lives and help them achieve their goals with products that fit people's ever-changing lifestyle and needs

Find out more about how BenQ products currently meet the needs of students who have to study online at home whether it is school based learning, online extra-curricular classes or real-time on-screen tuition. Find our more about the best BenQ eye-care monitor for home based learning to get the best lifestyle monitors for the needs of students today. Don't forget to take advantage of the BenQ Shopee Mall Grand Launch Celebration Deals from 8 - 31 March 2021.

The images below is to show you that BenQ monitor different models come with different usage.

There are plenty of fun things to do at home, Playing Games and work from home is definitely on top of the list.  BenQ Monitors is perfect for personal entertainment and usage.

Choose the right monitor for yourself today and Stay Safe!

This post was brought to you by BenQ Malaysia.

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