Teachers attend seminar on innovative teaching practices

A representative from Microsoft Brunei, Zaim Ismail, in his presentation to teachers and education officers during the Innovative Educators Seminar at the Katok Sixth Form Centre. Picture: BT/Leo Kasim

Friday, July 13, 2012

IN A bid to develop creative and innovative teaching skills, over 100 teachers and education officers attended an Innovative Educators Seminar at the Katok Sixth Form Centre yesterday.

The seminar was organised by the Science, Technology and Environment Partnership (STEP) Centre under the Ministry of Education (MoE), in collaboration with Microsoft Brunei, and supported by the Department of Information and Communications Technology, MoE.

In her opening remarks, the Acting Head of STEP Centre, Sarimah Abu Bakar, said that the seminar hopes to spur innovative teaching in education.

"We hope to develop well-rounded teachers with relevant 21st century skills," she said.

She also said that it aims to promote and inculcate educators' technological knowledge by exposing them to the various fields in technology. This will, in turn, stimulate the interests of participants while upgrading their understanding on technological development.

The seminar featured presentations from various stakeholders in the education industry.

Abd Walid Misli, a Puni Primary School teacher, shared his experience of teaching students who are facing difficulties in English literacy.

He said that in order to help students improve the language, he ventured on his own project, one which has to be a "dynamic experience and a moment to remember" for the students. At the same time, he said that it is also important to link ICT tools into their learning.

"I want the students to understand that the computer is a tool for their learning and not for just playing computer games," he said.

He then stressed on the importance of setting a goal when undertaking any project.

"We do projects with a purpose. We want to get results," he said, adding that noticeable improvements in English proficiency could be seen after the students were done with his project.

In his advice to teachers, he said that any project should not be done in a hasty manner.

"We need to consider time for programmes, activities; as an innovative educator, there is no need to rush, it is better to plan well and take time," said the teacher, who will head to Athens, Greece in November to partake in the Microsoft Partners in Learning Global Forum.

Meanwhile, Dr Jainatul Halida from the Sultan Hassanal Bolkiah Institute of Education (SHBIE) Research Team touched on the challenges that educators face in the 21st century, saying that many teachers, if not all, still have issues on how to teach students in 21st century learning.

She then elaborated on the Learning Educators Project, Advanced Pedagogy for the 21st Century (LEAP 21) projects, which looks at what teachers plan and what students produce.

On the other hand, Microsoft Brunei representative, Zaim Ismail, emphasised on the changing landscape of education. This, he said, means that educators need to think of ways to incorporate technology in a way that helps further their cause. The Brunei Times