Apple Leadership Camp 2016

I was chosen to attend Apple Leadership Camp last month, 23rd – 25th September 2016 in Singapore by my School. With my IPad use in class, I really think that I was lucky and this would be my advantage, personal and people around 🙂 *happy*.

I went to Singapore together with three colleagues from Springfield School.

Day 1:

My first day was started with visiting United World College of South East Asia (UWCSEA) in Tampines, Primary School section. Actually, I chose to visit Singapore American School, Secondary level. However, the capacity for the participant was over limit.

UWCSEA also have Secondary school section, but we only visited to the Primary. That was okay, because through Primary school, I also could see how they applied their curriculum to:

  • develop a child’s natural curiosity
  • use an integrated approach to learning
  • encourage an international perspective
  • extend learning beyond the classroom
  • use specialist teachers for single subject areas
  • use information technology and library resources to support learning
  • recognise parents as partners in a child’s learning process
  • develop a child’s awareness of the importance of service to others

And all are still relate with my G9 and G10 students.

UWCSEA has been recognised as an Apple Distinguished School for 2013–2016 for its strong focus on pedagogy and teacher practice within a technology-rich learning environment.

This is to answer some questions from my colleagues friends, even though teachers and students there use IPad for teaching and learning, they use it sometimes as the tool only, the education software and applications can be taken from many things not just from Apple products. Truly reflects where the Apple Distinguished School designation is reserved for programmes that meet criteria for innovation, leadership, and educational excellence, and demonstrate Apple’s vision of exemplary learning environments.

From UWCSEA East, I continued my trip to Equarius Hotel at Sentosa Island, and join the opening Camp Program as their main session.

A lot of sharing, and two impressed me so much. Sandhya Bala, a-G12 girl from Singapore American School shared her experience to make an apps like Quizlet for Apple. The apps will be released around Feb 2017. Can’t wait to see it. Second one, OMAi CEO Josef Dorninger has a background as a social worker and youth educator. At this occasion, he talked about the story and underlying vision of Tagtool for educational use. This was followed by a brief performance and a hands-on session for the audience.

Day 2:

Breakout session started. On this day, there were 5 sessions that I attended.

Session 1: United World College SEA
Recognised as a leader in research-based pedagogical development, the UWCSEA Learning Technology Team shared their story through a mixture of conversation and case-studies. How they started with solid, shared understandings of good pedagogy and drive all classroom practice, including technology use, from that common start point. They also showed how this approach quickly shifted the conversation from “if” or “why” to “when” and “how”. They support teachers in different areas via the development of subject or pedagogy toolkits.

Session 2: Singapore American School
The Quest program. The program around 4 pillars: Skills for lifelong learning, Personalisation, Community of learners, and Time to be inspired. The program purposefully prioritises skills over content and enriches college applications. Quest advisors and students shared their perspective on the program development, early successes and challenges and how it is impacting students.

Session 3: Defining Your Success: Understanding Ideas and Tools for meaningful measurement and reflection ~ Dr. Damian Bebell
For many educators and school leaders, measurement and data are associated with national testing initiatives, exam results and performance tables. Dr Bebell shared the latest generation of ideas, tools and best practices for putting empirical and simple research based approaches within easy reach of schools which use real-time data visualisations and infographics to portray data collected from international school settings. He also showed us to explore how leveraging simple research and reflection activities may serve to better inform our communities through data stories.

Session 4: Jakarta Intercultural School
How do you use your time and organise your people? How do members of your organisation spend their time? How do you know if you have designed the strongest teams?

Day 3:

Session 5: United World College SEA
Continuing from the first session, this time they showed how they measure the success of technology supported classroom practice and discuss various issues and approaches to measuring the success of technology supported teaching and learning. So many examples given, and some of them already used by me *Horraayy* . EDPuzzle, Desmos, Geogebra, Recording your Feedback or creating mini lessons, Khan Academy, etc.

Finally, I finished all my session here and back to Jakarta with happy feelings <3 Thank you, School, for this opportunity.

Below are pictures taken from my trip. Enjoy!! 🙂

Click [Show as slideshow] below, to open the pictures in slideshow view. To see the title of each picture, move your mouse pointer over the picture.

More photos, can be seen through my google photo album.

Tagtool transforms your iPad into a live instrument for inspired visuals. Paint with light, create animated graffiti or tell improvised stories. Use Tagtool for jams, performances or guerilla interventions. Light up your imagination!

How Technology help in my Class – an experience

I was invited to share my experience in GEGWJ +1 meet up, event to celebrate their first anniversary community in Google Educator Group West Jakarta, about “How technology help in my Class”.

Technology helps a lot, indeed.

So, I share one experience here, towards the event.

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Writing on Penultimate during explanation in front of the class, compile into Evernote, share it through LMS Schoology.

And, when writing in class is not just enough like I said before, make video cast in Explain Everything, share it through LMS, as well.

LMS, another technology that helps me to assist online assessment, in class or at home.

Student Fair – Santa Laurensia Junior High School 2013

Yang Muda Yang Ber-budaya

Saat fenomena Gangnam Style hampir setahun lalu mendunia sampai ke seluruh pelosok bumi (semoga tidak terlalu lebay sih 🙂 tapi rasanya memang tidak), tanyakan pada semua anak-anak muda dari usia SD sampai SMA siapa yang tidak bisa mengikuti gerakan Psy di video klipnya… cepat sekali di lingkungan siswa SD tempat anak saya sekolah contohnya, hampir  setiap hari di jam istirahat menggelar acara ala “flash mob” Gangnam Style tersebut. Bagaimana dengan anak muda dari sekolah lain? Mungkin miripkah? One Direction dengan “what makes you beautiful”, “one thing”, “live while we’re young” kurang lebih memiliki fenomena yang mirip dengan tari gangnam, “popular to the max” meminjam istilah anak muda sekarang.

Hal ini menunjukkan mudah sekali anak muda kita beradaptasi, mempelajari dan meniru sesuatu yang tengah popular tadi. Suatu kebanggaan dan kerinduan kita sebagai orang tua jika anak-anak muda tersebut dapat mengenal budaya tanah airnya, mempelajarinya dan bahkan dengan bangga menampilkannya dalam bentuk yang beragam.

Walaupun mungkin saja kita pernah mendengar pendapat orang yang mengatakan “Anak Muda jaman sekarang tidak mengenal kebudayaannya”.  Tetapi pendapat tinggallah pendapat, saya baru saja menyaksikan anak-anak muda super kreatif yang menggali pengetahuan akan budaya tanah airnya.

Sabtu, 16 Februari 2013 lalu, SMP Santa Laurensia mengadakan acara gelar budaya Indonesia  (dikemas dalam sebutan “Student Fair”) dari jam 7.30 – 12.30. Seluruh guru SMP dilibatkan menjadi panitia yang di nahkodai pak Nico,  tetapi yang paling membuat sukses acara ini adalah siswa-siswi yang terlibat secara antusias.
Persiapan dilakukan sejak hampir dua bulan lalu, dan diawali dengan penentuan proporsi isi dan bentuk acara apa yang ingin ditampilkan. Akhirnya diputuskan bahwa acara ini akan mengajak siswa-siswi untuk menampilkan budaya dari propinsi tertentu bagi tiap-tiap kelasnya dan total  ada 18 propinsi yang diwakilkan (sesuai dengan jumlah 18 kelas di level SMP).

Setiap perwakilan propinsi harus mempersiapkan ‘gubernur’, ‘wakil gubernur’, petugas tata kota, petugas seni budaya, petugas pariwisata dan petugas pameran kuliner. Suasana kelaspun disulap dan didekor sesuai ciri daerah propinsi kecil bak layaknya kita memasuki anjungan di TMII. Menjelang seminggu sebelum hari H, persiapan tadi diwujudkan dalam bentuk fisik. Dua jam pelajaran terakhir selama seminggu dipakai untuk mendekor, menghias kelas, berlatih dan pada hari terakhir persiapan, semua siswa bersiap sepanjang hari.

Tibalah hari yang ditunggu. Siswa, orang tua, pengunjung lain hadir memenuhi lorong-lorong sekolah dan kelas-kelas siswa yang penuh dengan semarak tanah air Indonesia. Air terjun Bidadari, Danau Toba, semarak Kep Riau, Jam Gadang, Pantai Natsepa, Ondel-ondel Betawi dan banyak lagi lainnya.

Setelah upacara pembukaan, acara dilanjutkan dengan presentasi budaya ke-18 propinsi di masing-masing kelas. ’Gubernur Propinsi’ dan seluruh stafnya sigap menjelaskan segala ragam budaya, kesenian, penduduk, mata pencaharian, sosial ekonomi termasuk tentunya ragam kuliner yang dipamerkan dan dijelaskan dengan mantap dan bersemangat.

Maka “Tigerz Airways” pun memulai perjalanan keliling Indonesia……… 🙂

Gregory Jany dan Shania kalian cocok sekali jadi MC, pernah jadi MC di mana ya? Tasha dan Michelle, sebagai gadis Bali, mantap sekali, belum lagi nuansa kain poleng  yang dipadu dengan tulisan “eat, pray and love” saya pikir akan berjumpa dengan Julia Robert 🙂

“Gubernur” Maluku, Goldan, sudah cocok sekali memerankan pesona “Nyong Ambon”, lagu “Ayo mama jangan mama marah beta” jadi terkenang waktu dimarahi oleh mama 🙂

Goldian, Patricia, Samuel, William dan teman-teman di Jawa Barat sudah lancar ya berbahasa Sunda nya….meni hebring atuh :)…. Jason, Andrew, Karensa dan Matthew pakai pakaian Papuanya mantap lho…. Rachel dan Liovicine cocok sekali kalian di gerbang Serambi Mekah nan megah.

Eh, ada rumah Bang Doel? Iyaaa benar rumah Si Doel di jalan lorong “colombus” no. 9A 😉 lengkap dengan sepeda babeh dan ondel-ondelnya, yang membuat tangan Axel sedikit tergores kena rangka bambu…. (tapi tidak ada artinya ya Xel, dibanding keceriaan pada hari itu)…

Danau Tobaaaaa……ow nooo, luar biasa Pattie, Clara, Mario dan kawan-kawan, horas 🙂 . Aldi dan Isabel, kayaknya kalian nyaman tampil di atas “ketwok”……. “kewl” abis 😉 Yang satu dari “Kepulauan Riau”, yang satu dari “Nusa Tenggara Timur”…

Saya terkesima dan baru tahu dengan air terjun Bidadari di Sumatera Selatan….wowww 9E kalian membuat miniaturnya dengan sangat indah, salut 🙂 .

Kadang saya suka bingung akhir-akhir ini, mengapa udara panassss sekali, tapi akhirnya ketemu juga jawabannya, bahwa ternyata salah satu lorong sekolah kita dilalui oleh garis khatulistiwa 😉 Abraham, proficiat untukmu dan rekan-rekan  yang menghadirkan simbol Pontianak dengan menarik.

Aduuuuhhh memang tidak cukup rasanya sekelumit cerita di atas….. Inginnya menyebut semuanya…. Tapi, lebih mudah lihat foto dan nonton video kali ya…

 

 

 

Untuk menambah semangat siswa, penjurianpun dilakukan saat mereka mempresentasikan hal tersebut. Bagi saya, semua adalah pemenang, tapi guru-guru sepakat akan dipilih yang terbaik diantara yang baik :)Selamat kepada 7C, 8F dan 9A, dewi fortuna sedang berpihak kepada kalian 🙂

Puncak acara hari itu adalah peragaan busana daerah yang diwakili oleh sepasang muda mudi berpakaian daerah yang diwakilinya. Sambil melenggang di atas “ketwok” 😉 mereka terlihat bangga dalam balutan busananya, maju melangkah ke hadapan ratusan teman-teman dan para pengunjung lain untuk menyampaikan beberapa kata sambutan yang mewakili daerahnya.

Saya tersenyum, bangga dan terharu menyaksikan kegembiraan dan antusiasme mereka semua. Anak-anak yang menggunakan “multiple intelligence” mereka untuk tampil secara maksimal pada hari itu. Sekolah tidak terjebak hanya mengandalkan prestasi akademis semata, tetapi menghargai siswa sebagai anak muda, anak manusia, yang memiliki segala potensi dan kemampuannya yang harus dilihat dan dibantu kembangkan agar dapat mengeluarkan potensi mereka. Kembangkan terus teman-teman mudaku, tetap berlatih, dan terus belajar karena salah satu bagian dari hidupmu adalah melewati dan menikmati tahapan sebagai seorang siswa.

Bravo anak-anakku!

Bravo SMP Santa Laurensia…. Maju membaharui dunia!

Introduction to 3D Perspective

My grade 8 students in this semester will study about 3D perspective. The lesson started up by playing games……yesssss. What games? Tetris 3D 😀

I asked the students to bring laptop to classroom. Not everyone can bring it, of course, but I’m quite happy that most of them can. I’m still encouraging them to bring it to school because we will use another program, Google sketch up (a free software) to help students develop their three dimensional visualization ability and visual-spatial intelligence. Back to this tetris 3D activities, they sat in groups of four and play the games. Most of the students have played Tetris but not Tetris 3D 🙂

Since we have trouble connecting to the internet, so I also asked the students to had the website pre-opened at home so the page load completely and after it load, let the laptop hibernate so it can be opened quickly at school. Fortunately, for some links, the game is available as an installable software (so no internet connection will be required later on)

Some pictures taken during the activities:

 

There was an article about “What are the benefits of tetris?” posted in BBC news several years ago. It means, by doing this games, students’ brain are also trained in memory, attention, perceptual awareness, thought, language and consciousness.

“Tetris was the perfect game, it was simple to learn, you had to practise to get good and there was a good learning curve. Tetris is an excellent tool for neuroscience.” ~ Dr Richard Haier

The complete article can be read here.

Below  are some students’ reflection about doing this activities:

From Amanda:

I think that the 3D game is a really educational game, and is really helpful when studying 3D shapes. We can view the shapes in from quite a lot of angles.

While I can’t say it’s the best, I think it’s quite impressive where it helps us train our quick thinking and logic while having fun.

Even so, Tetris in 3D isn’t very easy to play. It requires a strong mind and some patience, as it may take some time to memorize the controls and shapes.

In conclusion, I believe that Tetris 3D is very helpful for study purposes, and helps train our minds into slicker and smarter ones.

From Audrey:

In total, I played the game for four times. In my first game, I did not know the controls, so I often messed up, which caused the game to end quickly, scoring a little over 700.

However, after I learnt the controls (thanks to Erlangga), I managed to score a little higher everytime I played. Starting from 3056 to 3477, and gradually growing to  4083.

During the game, I found some obstacles. For example, like I said before, I was a little unused the controls, so I often pressed the wrong button (I’m not a very good gamer, after all). Another problem is that because it is circular, I cannot see all faces of it, making it harder to see all the possibilities that fit.

I tried to overcome these problems by turning round and round quickly, before deciding where to put the shape, although this method does not come in very handy when it is near the death line. I’m still working on it though.

Although I admit that 3D Tetris is challenging, I will try my best to not give up and so to improve my 3D skills.

From Erlangga:

Tetris 3D is very fun. It helps my understand 3D shapes more, and it is not boring. It is a bit hard because I never played it before. I think that the game is very creative, and I would like to play it again in the future to improve my 3D skills.

From Louis:

I have never played Tetris before, so I am not good at it. Playing Tetris requires a smarter and more creative mind, and also lots of practice.

So all students, you did all good job….proud of you 🙂

 

Comic feat. Algebra

My grade 7 students had just finished the academic prompt and they tried to retell their knowledge in comic form.

The request was simple, they have to explain what they know and think about algebra through comics. They can either create all by themselves or looking for some inspirations from other comics.

Many of the works show extraordinary effort or ideas but some show both.

Here are some pictures that I’ve happened to shot in class during the process.