Research Talk by Mr. Preetam Rai

“Technology and Social Media and Peer-Learning in South East Asia”

Date: Wednesday 25 August 2010

Time: 3 – 4 p.m.

Venue: CNM Playroom, AS6 03-38

In this presentation we will discuss the impact of technology and social networks on the young people in South East Asia and Asia in general. We will look at how they are building platforms for knowledge sharing, self-improvement and networking beyond their borders. We will take a tour of these low cost, user generated learning events called “Barcamps” now happening all over South East Asia. We will side-track into technology and lifestyle trends: What social networks are popular in Vietnam? How can we stay on top of Korean or Arabic Internet conversations?

About the speaker:
Mr. Preetam Rai is an Educational Technologist at Ngee Ann Polytechnic. He
is always on the move helping groups across Asia in putting up technological and cultural events. He was the former South East Asian editor at Global Voices Online, one of the biggest social media content aggregation services. He is often consulted by organisations to help launch their online initiatives in the region. Preetam won the Apple Distinguished Educator 2010 award for his IT and educational activities, and work with Barcamps within the region.

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