Malaysian EdTech company joins forces in Europe to promote Mobile Learning

Beeducation Adventures Sdn Bhd (BeED) joins forces with European-based School OS to launch its next-gen fully customisable Learning Management System (LMS) at the recent Mobile World  Congress (MWC19) in Barcelona.

Co-Founders of BEED (Jimmy Koay and Michael Chian, far left) and Representative of School OS (Vlad far right) at MWC

As an EdTech startup, BeED strives to provide the best in m-Learning and to empower people through education. Since its official launch in May 2017, BeED has blazed a path through the EdTech industry, winning the 2018  Malaysian APICTA Awards for Inclusion & Community Services (Education), and emerging as a finalist for the 2018 Reimagine Education Awards and Asean Impact Challenge. BeED also graduated as the first Asian company to be accepted into Helsinki-based xEdu, Europe’s leading business accelerator for education technology, and is certified by the Finnish-Kokoa Standard for the quality of its EdTech learning solutions.

“BeED intends to bring about a new future for education, where learning does not only take place within an educational institution, but everywhere in the world around us. Our stance on EdTech is that it should be used for more than just providing greater interactivity and engagement to learning – it should also augment the efficiency of educators so that they can focus solely on what they do best – teaching,” said Michael Chian, founder.

Based on market research and client feedback, BeED’s success is built strongly upon the maturity of its web and mobile platforms, the innovation of its academic content and commitment to pedagogical excellence.

MWC Barcelona is the world’s largest exhibition for the mobile industry, which strives to bring together the latest innovations, cutting-edge technology and tech visionaries to explore the trendiest topics influencing the global mobile community. BeED had the privilege to showcase alongside more than 2,400 leading companies to chart the future landscape of the mobile tech industry.  

Educator’s Role in Ensuring Safe School Excursions

’23 dead in Nepal student bus crash– New Straits Times, 22 December, 2018 [1]

 ‘School trip takes a horrific turn’– The Star, 25 March, 2014 [2]

How do you feel after reading these headlines? Insecure and uncertain? Thinking of cancelling the school excursion that you had in mind before this? Thinking about what you can do to make sure that your excursion will go on smoothly?

Putting aside the risks, there is no doubt about the advantages of school excursions. Nothing beats the experiential learning that it provides for learners. School excursions can serve as a culminating experience, as a catalyst to stimulate interest in a new topic, or for the learners to engage in the real world with the opportunity to share different perspectives with experienced worker from the related field. [3]

With that in mind, how can educators minimize risks in school excursions? Let’s take a look at our top 5 tips to ensure safe school excursions.




Planning is always the key. Apart from educational objectives, the other aspect to consider while planning your school excursions is risk management planning, which includes road safety education, first aid education, learner’s physical limitation, awareness of emergency numbers, transportation, weather forecast and communication. If possible, visit the Place of Interest (POI) yourself beforehand as studying the environment will help you plan for your excursion risk management. Also, do not forget to design, tailor and follow your school’s procedure for approval.

According to Kim Werner, first-grade teacher at Moscow Elementary Center in Pennsylvania and a veteran of more than 20 field trips, the key is in the details. “Be prepared. Know anything and everything about where you are going. Find out medical information about your students. Keep multiple copies of your information (class and group lists, reservation and transportation information) and keep a check-list to refer to often.” [4]





Safety procedures are crucially important to keep the excursion safe and enjoyable. Be sure to brief your learners about the emergency procedures, preparation for weather conditions, staying with a group or a partner, and letting them know the nearest locations for medical services and police stations. Remember to review all the procedures with your learners way before the school excursion as accidents can be preventable with proper guidelines.

Other than that, focus also on the consequences of violating the safety rules. Both the educator and learners should be responsible to look out for one other. One effective

way for the learners to understand the importance of safety is to involve them in the discussion about safety precautions and consequences. Depending on the age of the learners, you can either make them do their research about the POI or you can list out the potential hazards to be discussed together.



Parents Communication


Make sure to receive parents/guardian’s approval before their children participate in any school excursions. Parents should be updated with all important information before, during and after the excursion. Effective parental communication system will be helpful for both parties to ensure school gets updated children’s medical and health information, and to allay parents’ fears and worries during the excursion. With current technology, many social apps could be utilised for efficient real-time communication (eg: creating a group chat specifically for the excursion).





Never ever let your guard down. During school excursions, it is most likely that your learners will be having tonnes of fun exploring and discovering the new environment; and as you know, accidents can happen when you least expect it. The situation could be worse if you lose a learner from the excursion! Therefore, appoint a ‘counter’ to help you with the head counting every single time when everyone arrives and leaves a POI. Stay alert- better be safe than sorry!



Find Service


Creating a smooth and unforgettable learning experience for the learners can be collaborated with an experienced EduTravel operator. There are many companies now that serve as a middle person to plan the entire school excursions- sorting out the transportation, accommodation and activities, based on your school’s learning syllabus. However, it is critical to find a trusted and experienced operator that is committed to safety above all else, has a systematic risk assessment framework, and takes the extra effort in inspecting the POIs beforehand to ensure on-the-ground understanding of the risks and hazards.

In Malaysia, BeED is an EduTech company that provides a dedicated team of trained professionals to help customize education trips that best suit every institution’s individual needs and preferences. Whether it be a local trip or an excursion abroad, BeED is the one-stop edutravel company that specializes in A-Z school excursion planning and helps mitigate risks with their thorough risk assessments. Besides that, BeED strives to minimize educator workload, promotes community engagement and cultural exploration to lead to an overall improvement of the teaching and learning process.


To understand more about BeED, check out their website at and do contact them at if you need any help with your school excursion planning!




[1] AFP. “23 dead in Nepal student bus crash.” New Straits Times. 22 Dec. 2018.

[2] Joibi, Natasha and Murad, Dina. “School trip takes a horrific turn.” The Star Online. 25 Mar 2014.

[3] Carroll, Kathleen. “A Guide to Great Field Trips.” Skyhorse Publishing. 2014. Web. 11 Mar. 2019.

[4] NEA Member Benefits. “5 Tips for Successful Class Field Trips.” NEA Member Benefits. Web. 11 Mar. 2019.

What are the 4 C’s and How Can Technology Help Improve Them?

“The illiterate of the 21st century will not be those who cannot read and write, but those who cannot learn, unlearn, and relearn.” Alvin Toffler

In today’s workforce, soft skills are much more valued over technical competence. Critical thinking, communication, collaboration, and creativity are the four essential skills that should be enforced as the fundamental of teaching. Learners of today should be taught to practice the 4 C’s skills in school and communities should promote collaborative works to improve the practice of the 4 C’s. This was made apparent by Partnership for 21st Century Skills, the leading advocacy organization founded by the US National Education Association. [1]

In 2002, they identified four essential skills, called the ‘Four Cs’ which top the skill list to survive in school, work and daily life.

So, what are the 4 C’s in the 21st Century?
1.         Critical Thinking
2.         Communication
3.         Collaboration
4.         Creativity



Why is Critical Thinking Important?


To analyse and to interpret, to make judgement and decisions, and to solve problems.

Critical thinking enables us to evaluate different ideas and perspectives, and to approach a solution after analysing facts in detail. In our data-rich environment, this skill is vital to help us sift through the tons of information we are bombarded with daily, separate fact from fake news, and arrive at novel solutions based on sound reasoning. [2]

However, according to a research by Patricia Greenfield, UCLA distinguished Professor of Psychology and Director of the Children’s Digital Media Center, Los Angeles, “As technology has played a bigger role in our lives, our skills in critical thinking and analysis have declined.” (Wolpert, 2009) [3]

So how can we turn this around and use technology to help develop our critical thinking skills?  One way is to be more intentional and self-reflective in the way we create and share content online. Before sharing our experiences, we can

  • reflect on the kind of message we want to send
  • curate the best examples to get our point across
  • evaluate the potential impact on our readers.

And with digital tools, we can create digital stories where technology provides greater diversity and creativity for one to express his/her own personal stories.[4] This method incorporates multimedia (images, audio, video) to enhance our information presentation. In fact, creating digital stories has been advocated as a teaching strategy to encourage learners to evaluate, interpret and reflect on the contents that they design. (Robin, 2006, Digital storytelling: A powerful technology tool for the 21st century classroom).

In BeED, our Learning Experiences tell digital stories of how to bridge the gap between textbook learning and the real life application of knowledge. This way, learners can develop critical thinking skills by experiencing and making contextual connections to the world around them.


Why is Communication Important?


To convey, to listen, and to evaluate information- to collaborate with others.

Having the ability to clearly express oneself through verbal, written and nonverbal communication has become even more important as technology creates increasingly new avenues of communication. Communication is all about sharing thoughts, questions, ideas and solutions; but at the same time, listening, understanding, empathising and responding to others. [5]

According to the National Education Association, “Expressing thoughts clearly, crisply articulating opinions, communicating coherent instruction, motivating others through powerful speech- these skills have always been valued in the workplace and in public life. But in the 21st century, these skills have been transformed and are even more important today.” [6]

Fortunately, proper technology usage can make effective communication easier. Choosing the appropriate medium for communication allows us to talk with several people from different parts of the world at the same time. With electronic communication, we are also able to express our thoughts clearer and more efficiently by having the option of attaching supporting documents through multimedia. Furthermore, the need to worry about time and distance is completely eradicated as we are able to post contents in just one click. Technology has indeed changed the way we do business and education worldwide, as it provides us with an exceptional platform for collaboration without barriers.

In BeED, our mobile app allows direct two-way communication between educators and learners for instant feedback on our Learning Experiences. Besides that, users can also share their answers on social media to communicate their learning and discuss in groups through the medium of technology.


Why is Collaboration Important?


To work towards a goal in a group, and to share responsibilities together.

Collaboration brings people together to communicate, share ideas and perspectives and achieve a common goal. By collaborating with others, we create opportunities for ourselves to learn about diverse backgrounds and to work respectfully with each other. The advantages of collaborative skills are countless, and this skill can be enhanced with the help of technology.

According to Steve Jobs, “My model for business is The Beatles. They were four guys who kept each other’s kind of negative tendencies in check. They balanced each other and the total was greater than the sum of its parts. That’s how I see business: great things in business are never done by one person. They’re done by a team of people.” [7]

Through advances in communication technology, we can fundamentally change the way teams collaborate. It encourages people to work together on a global scale regardless of their backgrounds, and even crowdsource ideas and tasks to create novel solutions. Now, we are able to form a team from various parts of the world with video calls for meetings, creating the feeling of ONE team that is able to share responsibilities and collaborate towards the same goal.

In BeED, our travel concierge service facilitates service learning to encourage learners to collaborate with local communities through community service. By working together with various cultural groups to accomplish a shared mission, BeED hopes to foster greater cultural empathy, unity and acceptance among learners.


Why is Creativity Important?


To innovate, to invent, to brainstorm, and to dare to explore new approaches.

Creativity is not only linked to the arts; in fact, creativity is about creating out-of-the-box ideas in all areas. New ideas are needed to solve old and new problems alike. Today, we can utilise technological tools to find more inspiration and expand our creative ideas, as this is vital for visualizing innovative solutions for our globally changing world.[8]

According to Robert Sternberg of Tufts University, “Successful individuals are those who have creative skills, to produce a vision for how they intend to make the world a better place for everyone; analytical intellectual skills, to assess their vision and those of others; practical intellectual skills, to carry out their vision and persuade people of its value; and wisdom, to ensure that their vision is not a selfish one.”[9]

With our current technology, creativity can be enhanced through social media and internet information services. These platforms enable us to share ideas and creativity, collaborate and innovate globally. Regardless of the type of media, technology has created a wealth of resources – whether for art inspiration or for pools of information. We should take this opportunity to use these technology platforms and start thinking outside the box to create more unique innovations.

In BeED, we encourage creativity by enabling you to learn at your own style and pace through the BeED app. We provide a platform for educators to structure their learning materials into engaging Learning Experiences, allowing creative freedom for learners to answer questions more interactively in various forms of multimedia, audio, or video.

In short, technology has transformed the human experience and plays an important role in enhancing the 4 C’s. It can be a win-win situation only if technology is used correctly. Therefore, educators play a huge role in instilling the 4 C’s with proper technology usage for the learners – ensuring that every child can be an effective citizen of the current global economy. BeED is heading towards this direction with our educational mobile app- a platform to learn without boundaries. Embark on your journey with us!

To read more about skills and attitudes for this 21st century, take a look at these blog posts:

· The Primary Fuel of Healthy Growth – an Inquisitive Attitude:

· Inquiry: Our Natural Gift, Our Duty to Grow It:

· Feedback: Gaining a Second Opinion:







[1] “An Educator’s Guide to the Four Cs: Preparing 21st Century Students for a Global Society.” National Education Association. 2012. Web. 31 Jan. 2019.

[2] Wan, Guofang and Gut, Dianne M. “Bringing Schools into the 21st Century.” Springer Science+Business Media. 2011. Web. 25 Jan. 2019.

[3] B. Stanley, Deborah. “Practical Steps to Digital Research: Strategies and Skills for School Libraries.” Libraries Unlimited. 2018. Web. 31 Jan. 2019.

[4] Dunford, Mark and Jenkins, Tricia. “Digital Storytelling: Form and Content.” Palgrave Macmillan. 2017. Web. 31 Jan. 2019.

[5] Greenstein, Laura. “Assessing 21st Century Skills: A Guide to Evaluating Mastery and Authentic Learning.” Corwin. 2012. Web. 24 Jan. 2019.

[6] Wibby, Brian. “Four ways youth can develop their “Four Cs” through Michigan 4-H.” Michigan State University Extension. 27 Dec. 2016. Web. 31 Jan. 2019.

[7] Ken Thomas, Alan. “The Business Wisdom of Steve Jobs: 250 Quotes from the Innovator Who Changed the World.” Skyhorse Publishing. 2011. Web. 31 Jan. 2019.

[8] Piirto, Jane. “Creativity for 21st Century Skills: How to Embed Creativity into the Curriculum.” Sense Publishers. 2011. Web. 24 Jan. 2019.

[9] Sternberg, Robert J. Wisdom. “Intelligence, and Creativity Synthesized.” Cambridge: Cambridge UP. 2007. Web. 27 Jan. 2019.

Bringing Learning to the Real World


What’s the similarity between these 4 pictures?

Answer: They are all great discoverers that observed and learned from their natural environment!

 “Benjamin Franklin discovered electricity by flying a kite.” [1]

“Isaac Newton was inspired to discover gravity under the apple tree.” [2]

“George de Mestral invented Velcro after a hiking trip.”[3]

“The Wright brothers built the first airplane without attending college.”[4]


I’m sure you’ve probably heard of them all. The images and the statements above indeed convey a strong point- the learning possibilities at the real world. Come to think of it, do you think the classroom is the only place for learning? If so, what about learning out in the real world?

Let’s take a look at this picture:


Look how freely the students roam and how they discover what interests them in the real world. Guess what? This is exactly how the story of the great discoverers (Benjamin Franklin, Isaac Newton, George de Mestral, and the Wright brothers) begins.

The world interests whoever(you!) that wants to learn!





Studies show that learners remember information more efficiently when there are more senses involved during their learning process. By bringing lessons out into the real world, learners will naturally utilize all five basic human senses (sight, sound, smell, touch, and taste) in their process of learning.

Let’s compare these two learning settings:

real world vs classroom

Which environment would you choose to learn in?

Most will probably choose the one on the left! The real world allows learners to learn in context as they apply theory to actual scenarios, bringing relevancy to whatever they have learned in the classroom. Furthermore, by seeing, hearing, touching, and even tasting (when possible) the subject, learners are able to retain information more efficiently.[5]

The British Audio-Visual Society has also conducted a research showing that people remember[6]:

‘10% of what they read,

20% of what they hear,

30% of what they see,

40% of what they both see and hear,

70% of what they say,

and 90% of what they both say and do.’





Unfortunately, the perspectives of many students are limited by the conventional education system. It has always been the read-and-memorize textbook and the exam-oriented mindset, which leaves no space for curiosity and creativity. Creativity is born out of curiosity! Through the real world, learners see how patterns and processes shape our world.

For example:


Imagine a young learner exploring the flora of an actual river. Now, let’s imagine the same learners looking at a picture of a river in their textbooks. Which one would inspire their curiosity to explore further?

In the real world, learners get to see in action how the river flows. They even get to observe what is beneath the river. Learners would get curious to explore the structure of the river and the landscapes around it in the real world, as opposed to just a visual of a river in a textbook!

This induces healthy curiosity, which is what we need in our education system. Learning in the real world will make learners question their natural surroundings and encourage their desire for answers towards a greater idea. The real world sparks curiosity, inspires imagination, and creates endless possibilities. [7]





In this complex world, it is now more important than ever for a learner to develop lifelong skills that help them become global-minded citizens.[8] To cope successfully in this era of rapid globalization, learning cognitive, intrapersonal and interpersonal skills are extremely vital.[9]


Learners develop independence and adaptability in different environments for learning in the real world. One of the best ways for learners to learn in different environments is by peer collaboration. When they learn together, they can discuss, reason and work with each other. Besides that, learning in the real world teaches learners to be aware of their surroundings and to practice their observational skill- of the environment, social interactions, and self-reflection. These skills are better practiced in the real world where learners could solve problems in real life.





The reality is that education should always evolve with the modern world. The conventional system of classroom and textbook is most probably not as effective for learners now as the world has improved with many resources and devices to rely on. In this 21st century, learning would only be more productive when we take the advantage of merging the role of technology with our experiential learning experiences.[10]


For instance, with mobile devices, learners can be guided to use their smartphones to record their experiences during an excursion, and they can then share their life experiences with family and friends all around the world. This would allow learners to use their devices but at the same time, encourage them to interact with the real world.

Education should not only be confined to textbooks and classrooms. True knowledge is not found in books, but in the world around us. The learning journey is not about regurgitating information from textbooks to exam papers, but to experience and to relate our understanding in the real world. Don’t forget- mastering life skills is quite important as well. It is time to make a change in your learning. Whether you are a student, or a working adult- you can still be a lifelong learner.

At BeED, we believe in a world where education is not limited by physical boundaries. Digital learning is our tool to break all barriers to learning and inspire our users to go on adventures and to learn by experience. BeED aims to impact the lives of people around the world to learn and grow. With our very own customized BeED experiential learning platform, indoor and outdoor learning can take place anytime anywhere, via mobile “Learning Experiences”. We can turn any journey into an adventure of learning. Embark on your journey with us!






[1] Tucker, Tom. “Bolt of Fate: Benjamin Franklin and His Fabulous Kite.” United States by PublicAffairs. 2003. Web. 15 Jan. 2019.

[2] M. Rosinsky, Natalie. “Sir Isaac Newton: Brilliant Mathematician and Scientist.”. Compass Point Books. 2008. Web. 15 Jan. 2019.

[3] S. Morrison, Heather. “Inventors of Everyday Technology. Cavenish Square Publishing. 2016. Web. 15 Jan. 2019.

[4] Wright, Orville. “How We Invented the Airplane: An Illustrated History.” Green Edition. 1988. Web. 15 Jan. 2019.

[5] Wilder, Kris, and A. Kane, Lawrence. “The Way to Black Belt: A Comprehensive Guide to Rapid, Rock-Solid Results.” YMAA Publication Center, Inc. 2007. Web. 16 Jan. 2019.

[6] “Exhibits for Special Issue.” Educational Technology. Vol. 54, No. 6. Educational Technology Publications, Inc. 2014. Web. 17 Jan. 2019.

[7] Olmsted, Sarah. “Imagine Childhood: Exploring the World Through Nature, Imagination, and Play.” Roost Books. 2012. Web. 17 Jan. 2019.

[8] Richardson, Will. “Changing the Rules of School.” Modern Learning. 3 Jan 2019. Web. 18 Jan. 2019.

[9] Renner, Philomena. “The Importance of Cognitive, Intrapersonal, and Interpersonal Attributes to Student Success: An Exploration of University Student’ and Staff Views.” Journal of the Australian and New Zealand Student Services Association: Number 48. October 2016. Web. 18 Jan. 2019.

[10] Caroll, Kathleen. “A Guide to Great Field Trips.” First Skyhorse Publishing. 2013. Web. 18 Jan. 2019.

Remarkable BeED Milestones with You

Thank you – yes you! – for staying with us and keeping up with BeED’s updates from time to time. As an EdTech startup, BeED believes in a world where education is not limited by physical boundaries, but only by our desire to learn. Our goal is to break all barriers to learning and to inspire you to go on adventures for self-enrichment with us! 2018 was indeed another year of journeys full of excitement for us and these are some of the remarkable BeED milestones we would like to share with you:

NOV 2018, BeED was shortlisted as one of the TOP 12% out of 1200 applicants at the Reimagine Education Awards in San Francisco
NOV 2018, BeED was voted as the 2nd “Most Wanted Solution” out of 675 innovations at the Smart City Expo World Congress in Barcelona
NOV 2018, BeED was one of the finalists at the ASEAN Impact Challenge in Singapore
NOV 2018, BeED attended the 1st Asia Pacific STEM Roundtable, supported by Kementerian Pendidikan Malaysia
OCT 2018, BeED obtained membership of the Malaysian-Finnish Business Council
OCT 2018, BeED obtained membership of EU-Malaysia Chamber of Commerce and Industry
SEPT2018, BeED collaborated with Petrosains at the Petrosains Science Festival
SEPT 2018, BeED was crowned champion at the Malaysian APICTA ICT Awards in Education, under the Inclusion Community Services category
SEPT 2018, BeED was featured in Guang Ming Daily
JULY 2018, BeED signed a Memorandum of Understanding (MoU) with the Malaysia Trailblazers Association (Pertubuhan Perintis Malaysia)
JUNE 2018, BeED graduated as the 1st Asian company to be accepted into xEdu, Europe’s leading education business accelerator in Finland
MAY 2018, Awarded MSC Status by the Malaysian government
APRIL 2018, BeED was certified by the Kokoa Standard from Finland for quality EdTech learning solutions
MARCH 2018, BeED obtained travel agency license from the Ministry of Tourism, Arts & Culture in Malaysia
MARCH 2018, BeED was featured in The Star Newspaper, and Sin Chew Daily


A total of 15 “BeED-lights” in the year 2018. Striving for continuous lifelong progress, BeED is proud to say that we have not only achieved personal goals of self-growth, but also to community goals of giving back to the education community. BeED will continue to strive towards our main goal – to give you the BEST EXPERIENTIAL LEARNING EXPERIENCES. Thank you for reading and thank you for staying with us!

Media: Effective Packaging of Information

In our daily lives, the transference of information is inevitable. The way we choose to transfer can vary greatly in methods and effort required, ranging from something as simple as a fax to a complex documentary. The primary aim in simple terms would be to deliver a message. More importantly, the final objective is to have a targeted audience learn something you want them to. This can be applied to education, treating information as a “product” to target our consumers – “The Learners”. Continue reading “Media: Effective Packaging of Information”

Why do we hate certain subjects?

“I wished I had better teachers during my study of (insert hated subject here). I could have had a whole different perspective and attitude towards the subjects I hated.”

Sounds familiar? How many of you wished you had a better Math teacher? Or wished u had a different outlook on “boring history”?
This seems to be especially true with people that are educated in Asian countries or those that have attended more traditional forms of schooling. Continue reading “Why do we hate certain subjects?”

Grasping Knowledge

“Ah! I can’t seem to recall what it is about but I vaguely remember studying it in school.” How often has this happened to you or someone else?

Have you ever wondered if all those years spent reading, memorizing and learning was effective enough? Also, how much information was actually understood and stayed as a form of knowledge inside your head? Yes, it’s a given that our minds are not all great and perfect, but we are a uniquely intelligent species that if given the right approach, our brains can engage very well. Continue reading “Grasping Knowledge”

Syllabus and Curriculum? Same Thing?

Yes? No? Maybe…?

In my 10 years working as an educator, I have encountered many that are oblivious to the differences between syllabus and curriculum. This is especially true when I talk to parents and they tend to mix the words around thinking it gives the same meaning. It is one of those scenarios where people confuse terms with similar meaning like admit and confess or belief and faith. Continue reading “Syllabus and Curriculum? Same Thing?”

Context into Content: Using Lenses

As we look around us, all types of content are scattered surrounding us. A content generally refers to differing communicating medians that have information in them. This said information is often times approached at its face value or the general consensus of society if one does not understand the importance of context. Approaching information this way is one of the unproductive habits that we as a society practice as it misleads. It is important to see beyond the surface when we are given information, as infamous saying goes: never judge a book by its cover. Continue reading “Context into Content: Using Lenses”