Located in East Java, SMP Negeri 1 Asembagus is one of the largest public schools in Situbondo that adopt Chromeboook & Google Suites for Education. It’s all started with strong vision of Head of Education District in Situbondo to transform the quality of education in his area with technology. This is so exciting!
This vision was supported by Mohamad Arif, Head of SMP Negeri 1 Asembagus, Situbondo together with his IT staff and team who want to encourage teachers to embrace new ways to teach with the technology. Therefore, together with Google Certified Trainers & Educators, we designed 3 Days Training “Transformative Learning with Google Suites for Education”.
We started introducing G Suites for Education to inspire teachers to start their digital learning journey with their favorite new tool: Chromebook. Yes! This school will start implementing 1:1 Chromebook for all Grade 7 next year! 1 Chromebook for 1 students.
The goals of this training is to help them using Chromebook & G Suite for Education to engage students, make their job easier, build community of learning, experiment and have fun with trying new ways of using technology. As trainers, we have been in their shoes so we choose the most practical and relevant apps they will use to create engaging contents, build collaborative skills, and organize documents.
Throughout the three days workshop, we equipped the teachers with these basic skills such as:
- Get excited with Chromebook!
- Create collaborative folders & files with Google Drive
- Write engaging lesson plans with Google Docs
- Design interactive presentation with Google Slides
- Create auto-grading quiz with Google Forms
- Manage their class with Google Classroom
The most exciting part of the training is to see how each participant present their plan to implement what they’ve learned on Google Classroom. Many participants blew my mind as they shared how they gonna use Google Classroom to share their interactive worksheet on Google Docs, engaging presentation on Google Slides, and auto-grading quiz on Google Forms.
I am beyond inspired by how they designed their class work on Google Classroom and I can’t wait how they transform teaching and learning using Chromebook & G Suite for Education next semester. Although, in the beginning, the internet connection is not fully stable yet, I saw the effort made by the IT admin team here are real & as days went by, they kept improving the internet connection for the training. I know there’s still long way to go but they are walking on the right path with strong team!
It takes more than school community to transform a school. It takes continuous training, funding, sustainability, community involvement. That’s why we visited Dinas Pendidikan Situbondo to discuss with them how they can support digital transformation in Situbondo with G Suite for Education & Chromebook. Many things need to be done but we’re working towards the goal!
In the end, the teachers got special surprise: They all can bring home their most loved device: Chromebook! This is directly instructed by the principal and IT team so teachers can spend their holiday to prepare their digital learning material with Chromebook & G Suite!
I have no doubt with fearless vision, supportive community, reliable technology, sustainable funding, ongoing professional development, this school will definitely inspire other schools in Indonesia to step out their comfort zone to be the dream school they want to be.