Teachers are doing it for themselves – on the Net

How do you help increase the quality of education in Indonesia?

Well, if you’re Citibank, (disclosure: they are our clients and we helped in this project) one way is to help set up a forum where teachers can help themselves, learn from each other and discus ideas.

And this was what Citi did in conjunction with their NGO partner, HOPE Indonesia.

The Aksi Guru website

Yesterday, as part of their Corporate Social Responsibility efforts under the Citi Peka unbrella, Citi among other things launched the website aksiguru.org that it says is probably the first of its kind in Indonesia aimed at supporting teachers’ peer-development and student outreach.

It says high school teachers in Indonesia can, through aksiguru.org, embrace social media as a means of communication and a tool that has the potential to facilitate information and experience sharing among the education community. Through the site, teachers can exchange ideas and thoughts, and most importantly interact with their students most of whom are already tech-savvy.  Citi, in is media release, added:

“We hope to boost teachers peer development by launching the Aksiguru.org website,” said Charles Ham, Country Director Yayasan Hope Indonesia. “The use of internet and social media as a means for widespread communication is remains relatively low among teachers in the country, and we hope to generate teachers’ interest and eagerness in sharing their creative teaching methods with others though this site,” he continued.

“We have seen Indonesian teachers’ ability to create interesting learning activities continues to grow over based on the 4,448 proposals CSF received in the past seven years. Now is time for these teachers to inspire one another through Aksiguru.org,” says Ditta Amahorseya, Director-Country Corporate Affairs Head, Citi Indonesia “We hope for CSF grant recipients and other high school teachers become role models for each other and their respective schools as well as pioneer education methods that are innovative, creative, and inspiring.”

As with so many sites utilizing social media these days aksiguru.org also uses Twitter and Facebook to amplify its messages.

From the response so far, it looks like teachers are taking to this new form of cooperation, co-learning and collaboration.

Related information:

Pendidikan dan guru 2.0

Guru Kreatif

Mengajar Lewat Blog by Ndoro Kakung

 

 

 

 

 

The 2.0 Indonesian teacher

There are many bright sparks in the vast, seemingly barren landscape of education in Indonesia. Agus Sampurno is one such spark and he’s using his blog and  Twitter account to inspire others and ahare experiences with them.

Full report in Talking Points

Pendidikan Indonesia dan Guru 2.0

November 18th, 2009 | No Comments »

Tags: agus sampurno, aksi guru, guru 2.0, guru kreatif, maverick, pecha kucha, pendidikan 2.0

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“Saat ini, kita mempersiapkan siswa kita untuk pekerjaan yang belum ada. Kita persiapkan mereka mengakrabi teknologi untuk memecahkan masalah yang belum ada.”

Kira-kira begitulah yang disampaikan Agus Sampurno–seorang guru SD yang fasih menggunakan social media termasuk blog, Twitter dan Facebook. Pak Guru yang aktif di Twitter dengan akun @gurukreatif ini yakin bahwa guru, dengan segala keterbatasannya, bisa menjadi guru yang kreatif. Guru Kreatif

Blog Guru Kreatif“Guru dan buku bukan lagi sumber pengetahuan saat ini,” kata Pak Agus. “Murid-murid sudah fasih mencari bahan-bahan dan informasi di Google dan search engine lainnya. Guru harus siap dengan ini semua,” ujarnya saat berkunjung untuk sharing session mingguan Maverick Jumat lalu.

MENGAJAR KREATIF

Pak Agus pun bertutur mengenai bagaimana seorang guru di era 2.0 ini harus mengubah sikap dan pola pikir mereka. Kedisiplinan tidak bisa lagi diterapkan lewat rasa takut atau sikap galak; tetapi lewat rasa hormat. Rasa hormat timbul ketika siswa bisa merasa nyaman berada di kelas, dan merasa bebas untuk berinteraksi dengan gurunya. Rasa nyaman inilah yang harus dipupuk oleh seorang guru kepada para siswanya.

Salah satunya, lewat cara belajar yang kreatif.

via admin | Maverick Indonesia.