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!

Collaboration using Google Docs – In Mathematics Class –

Collaboration can be defined as working practice whereby individuals work together to a common purpose to achieve goals. Students are invited and taught to have the ability to be helpful and make necessary compromises to accomplish a common goal.

This level of engagement that makes students feel like they’re together in the same room.

In my class, the goal of this activity is making my G9 students remember all the topics that we covered in class for two semesters. When they remember it, easier for them to recalling the problem and reconnect to the questions. Students need to prepare for their semester two final exam (paper based exam).

Below are the procedure of the activity:

  1. Listing the syllabus that had been covered for two semesters.
  2. I summarise in a document (in google docs).
  3. Share the document to students. All students have the same access to edit the document, except to change access and adding new people.
  4. In class – 2 hours lesson, they must post questions per outcomes from syllabus and answer their friends posting. They can create their own questions, take from text book or past paper, insert pictures, browsing from internet. I check each question and put comments to state correct or wrong questions or answers that they have posted. When they find it wrong, they will fix it and after that click on “marked as resolved”.
  5. Students can continue add questions or answer it at home. They are given 24 hours to complete it.
  6. This activity graded as an individual assessment, with the criteria (Rubric) as follows:
    • Number of questions posted in the document.
    • Number of questions that is answered.
    • Complexity of the questions.
    • Use of g(Math) add-ons to present equations / expressions / functions in document.
  7. Marking given when I trace the revision history in the document.


As a basic knowledge, students must install g(Math) add-ons in their own shared document. Below are the instructions:

In the document: 

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Watch the video tutorial when needed, then install it.

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After installing g(math), you can create math expressions:

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Create a graph:

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Create a statistical display:

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Create a handwriting entry:

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You can use another add-ons, Kaizena to add voice comments to students. While we can also use g(Math) with Google Forms to create online math quizzes and tests.  Both tutorials will be given later 🙂

So, this is one example of teaching learning activities in class, especially in revision week before exam. We can create more activities engage them to be active learner. By doing this, at the end of this activity, I received a bunch of questions, and for them, suddenly, they have their own question banks (with answers) in cloud.

The following video recorded during the collaboration in class:

Classroom Management and Personalised Learning

Throwback to my class in 2010 – 2011

There are many learning methods that can be used by a teacher.

One that I used to develop my class is through multimedia activities.

Using a classroom management software, students learned what they had acquired in accordance with the speed they was absorbing the lesson.

My Math class (6 years ago) in provided a variety of features that were engaging to students.

What I have done are putting worksheet and teaching materials, provide assessment online, provide step by step videos for personalised learning and create forum.

There are so many aspects to explore from materials and features to help students adopts multimedia technologies in learning process.

For my class, this is one method to bridge gen Z with the learning style and techniques of the past.

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.

Gong Xi Fa Cai

chinesenewyearSeperti biasa, menjelang tahun baru Imlek, Jakarta dibuat kuatir akan datangnya banjir. Sekarang malah bukan hanya Jakarta tetapi di banyak tempat di seluruh daerah Indonesia yang merasakan kebanjiran. Lalu apa hubungan banjir dengan Imlek? 🙂 Yaaa tidak ada, itu hanya kejadian yang sering berlangsung bersamaan saja dari semenjak saya kecil.

Mengapa Imlek dirayakan? Mengapa tidak? Imlek seperti yang almarhum GusDur katakan adalah sebuah perayaan tani, adalah sebuah perayaan tradisi budaya bukan keagamaan.

Sebagai pertanda bulan pertama dari keseluruhan 12 bulan yang dimiliki kalender China, di mana tahun ini telah memasuki tahun ke 2565.

Salah satu yang menarik dari tradisi Imlek adalah bagi – bagi ang pao (setidaknya menarik untuk anak saya). Anak – anak senang sekali jika menyambut ang pao (Imlek, red 🙂 ), dan semoga para orang tua pun sama (gembiranya karena ingin berbagi).

Rasanya sesuai dengan kata “tradisi budaya” ini, hendaknya tidak menjadikan suatu kebiasaan tertentu menjadi standar merayakan Imlek. Mungkin, tiap keluarga, tiap daerah, memiliki ciri sendiri, dan tidak perlu disama-samakan.

Ada yang tradisi makan malam keluarga besar, di rumah atau restoran. Ada yang masih menjalani prosesi sembahyang. Ada yang memiliki kepercayaan menghentikan bersih-bersih lantai sehari agar rejeki tidak terbuang. Ada yang merasa wajib memberikan angpao kepada barongsai. Ada yang mendekor rumahnya dengan pernak pernik Imlek seperti lampion, bunga, gantungan koko cici, hiasan dinding, pohon uang dan sebagainya.

Kalau tidak melakukan itu semua, apakah perayaan Imlek masih sah? 🙂 Sah saja pastinya, yang menentukan sah atau tidak kan pribadi manusianya masing-masing.

Yang pasti bagi saya, pernah mengalami era “Imlek dirayakan lebih terbatas”, jaman sekolah dahulu di kelas murid tinggal sepertiga kelas karena “banyak yang ijin” tapi tetap ada ulangan dan yang absen dianggap nilai nol. Lalu tiba di tahun 1998 Gus Dur yang memperjuangkan etnis Tiong Hoa dan akhirnya dilanjutkan di jaman Megawati yang meresmikan Keppres No. 19 tahun 2002 tentang Imlek sebagai hari libur Nasional, dan berlaku hingga saat ini, maka perayaan tradisi tadi lebih terasa karena mendapat kesempatan sejajar dengan hari libur nasional lainnya.


Finally, 2015 Chinese New Year approaching, I want to share the wish of prosperity to you, all my students, friends and families: