Sekolah Jenis Kebangsaan (Cina) Choong Cheng is an under-enrolled school (Sekolah Kurang Murid) with not more than 50 students, located in the rural areas of Tanjung Dawai, Kedah. However, even as an underdog, the school was the first place winner in the FrogPlay Championship 2017 and third place national winner in the FrogPlay World Championships recently. The school was also awarded the best SJK(C) school in the Kuala Muda Yan district in 2017 for most active and consistent use of the Frog VLE.
The school began its journey with Frog in 2016 when Ms Chew Soo Lee, the school’s Frog Admin, joined the Advocate Programme when it was introduced and activated in PKG Bujang. Since then, she has been very proactive in implementing Frog in her school and sharing about Frog to the community. She is an active Gold Advocate and was also a finalist for the recent 1BestariNet Teacher Awards (1BNTA).
The success of Frog in the school is driven by teamwork of the community. Ms Chew is always encouraging teachers and students to use Frog all the time. With the support of an understanding Headteacher, the school has adopted Frog fully into teaching and learning. Parents are also very supportive and are actively involved in school activities and events.
Frog is making a difference in Teaching & Learning
When Frog was introduced into teaching and learning, teachers have seen that students are extremely excited to learn again and since then, students attendance have increased. Students are showing more interest in learning with the use of FrogPlay, a gamified learning application that has created new and interactive opportunities for students to learn better. Quiet students have also started coming out of their shell and began participating actively in class by contributing answers and creative ideas.
Not only that, there has been significant improvement in Bahasa Melayu and English since Frog has been implemented in teaching and learning. Last year, the school recorded 100% pass in Bahasa Melayu for UPSR students, which is a great achievement for the school as Bahasa Melayu is considered a tough subject, especially in a Chinese school.
Students not only show academic progress but also growth in character and improvement of behaviour since they started learning with Frog. Students have become more responsible and independent, whether in school or at home. In school, they carry out their assigned responsibilities attentively such as helping teachers setup and clear down the computer lab. Back home, students take the initiative to review their classroom lessons through Sites and do revision through FrogPlay quizzes.
Through the independent learning opportunities that Frog has created, students develop critical thinking skills where they are willing to dig deeper into finding solutions to a problem. Before that, students were waiting for the right answers to be given to them when answering quizzes or doing assignments, but now, they are actively seeking answers and exploring new options to complete their homework and projects.
The Frog VLE has also provided students with a platform to extend and explore their creativity. Since learning how to use Frog, students are more creative in coming up with new ideas and exploring new ways to search for materials to create better content on Sites.
A tool for teachers to teach better
In 2016, teachers started using digital textbooks from the FrogStore as teaching material for Year 4 to 6 students. This has not only made teaching more interesting and engaging, but has also provided convenience to teachers in prepping for classroom lessons. With students becoming more and more interested in learning, teachers are extremely motivated to always come up with new and interesting content by customising Sites and creating new FrogPlay quizzes.
Frog is making a difference in Administration
Frog has helped teachers not only in beginning their journey in 21st century teaching and learning, but has also helped them gain new knowledge and ICT skills. All teachers in SJK(C) Choong Cheng are proficient in using Frog and have seen significant improvement in utilising other digital tools.
Through Frog, the internal communications among teachers have seen improvement. Frog has a provided a platform where teachers can easily share ideas and information with one another such as new content material and Sites.
Frog is making a difference in Community Engagement
SJK(C) Choong Cheng has seen increased collaboration internally and externally since Frog was implemented. All curricular and extracurricular activities have been combined through the Frog VLE to fully cultivate Frog within the school’s community and culture.
Parents are more connected with what is happening in school
As the school builds better external communication with its community, parents have been roped in to be more involved in school. Not only has it brought parents closer to their children, parents have also become more invested in contributing to their children’s education. Through the FrogPlay Championship 2017, the school had bridged the gap with parents when parents began participating in meetings and sharing sessions to plan for the competition.
Teachers come together as a community to inspire and support one another and students in 21st Century teaching and learning
The school has organised and conducted a series of workshop for all SJK(C) schools in the Kuala Muda Yan district. For example, teachers shared on how to develop quality quizzes for language subjects, especially Chinese, using the Teh Ais Module just recently in April. The school also started a Professional Learning Community (PLC) team to continue to provide support to teachers in school and from other schools on how to effectively utilise Frog to make teaching and learning more interactive and interesting.
In 2016, the school’s Maths and Science Society as well as the Computer Club were very hands-on in teaching and supporting students in their journey towards 21st century education. The Maths and Science Society teach students how to use the Google Drive and its other features through the Frog VLE, while the Computer Club conducted all its extracurricular lessons and activities using the Frog VLE and utilising widgets and dashboards. The Computer Club also aimed to train up upper primary students to be mentors to the lower primary students.
Students come together as a community to inspire and support other students and teachers in 21st Century teaching and learning
The school started a Frog VLE Improvement Programme in 2016 where lower primary students were given training by upper primary students on how to use the Frog VLE and to familiarise with other digital tools such as the Google Drive. Not only that, a Transition Workshop is conducted annually for new Year 1 students by Year 4 to Year 6 students to help new students learn about Frog and how to use it in class and at home.
“Frog VLE is a great teaching and learning tool. It has changed way teachers teach and the way students learn. I can see change in my students attitude and behaviour. They are showing more interest in learning and are willing to explore and share with one another through the Frog VLE. In my opinion, the success of a teacher is measured by how much students enjoy learning, and Frog VLE has definitely helped teachers in achieving that.”
– Ms Chew Soo Lee, Frog Admin and Gold Advocate.