Sekolah Jenis Kebangsaan (Tamil) Ladang Bute is a rural school located within an estate environment in Sepang, Selangor. The school was the third place winner in the Word Mania Challenge in 2014, an English spelling competition organised by FrogAsia as an initiative to improve English in schools. Mr Senathi, the school’s Frog Admin and Gold Advocate, was also awarded the 1BestariNet Teacher Awards 2015.
SJK(T) Ladang Bute is one of the few schools that successfully implemented Frog in teaching and learning when the platform was first launched. Since 2013, the school has been using Frog and students have since been able to connect and interact with students from other schools through the Frog VLE. Frog has served as a platform for students of SJK(T) Ladang Bute to explore and experience learning with technology, which is something quite out of the ordinary as they are within a rural area and from lower income families.
Frog is making a difference in Teaching & Learning
Since Frog was introduced to the school, teachers have seen exceptional improvement and progress in students, especially in English and Mathematics. Students are very active in using Frog and they especially love using FrogPlay.
A student, Danesh A/L Arjunan, successfully passed LINUS, with help from teachers and FrogPlay. Teachers notice that he is more engaged and shows higher interest in learning when lessons are conducted using Frog, compared to the traditional method of “chalk and talk”. Danesh also enjoys using FrogPlay for his revision in Mathematics and it has helped him understand and improvement immensely in the subject.
A tool for teachers to teach better
Frog has served as a useful tool for teachers to prepare lessons. Teachers utilise the e-Bahan feature on Frog as a source of content material for students. Teachers also find Frog as a useful tool for teachers to conduct lessons. The “wall” and “poll” widgets are most used in Sites for teachers to engage with students even after class. After every lesson, teachers will then assign quizzes to students as an evaluation of their understanding.
Frog is making a difference in Administration
Since 2014, the school administration has been using the e-Form that is embedded into the Frog VLE. This has helped teachers complete their administrative tasks and documentation more efficiently. The e-Form is being used to manage school facilities, such as the use of the computer lab and meeting rooms, as well as monitor student attendance and the use of devices. Through Frog, the school’s administration has become more systematic and it has eased data collection and analysis.
Frog is making a difference in Community Engagement
Parents are more connected with what is happening in school
Mr Senathi organises workshops for parents to share about Frog and how it is being utilised in school for teaching and learning. By familiarising parents with Frog, parents are now more aware of how the platform is being used in school for teaching and learning. This in turn has helped parents in doing part to support their children with Frog.
Teachers come together as a community to inspire and support one another and students in 21st Century teaching and learning
The school is regularly visited by other schools from within and out of the state. During his free time, Mr Senathi, who is an active and dedicated Gold Advocate, has conducted many workshops about Frog and shared his knowledge and experience with other teachers and schools.
“Frog is a great platform for education, that should be utilised and optimised for better teaching and learning experiences for generations to come.” - Mr Senathi, Frog Admin.
“We are very supportive of our children learning with Frog because we have seen the benefits and positive outcomes from it. We definitely give our full support to the school to continue utilising the platform in teaching and learning.” - Parents of SJK(T) Ladang Bute.
“It’s really fun to use Frog! It is also a safe environment for me to discover and explore more when I’m doing my independent study.” - Danesh A/L Arjunan, student.
“SJK(T) Ladang Bute is but a small school but we have won awards such as Anugerah Pembestarian Sekolah Terbaik under the SKM category. Our students are well-versed in using Frog in teaching and learning activities. Frog has definitely helped in solidifying their understanding and performance in teaching and learning. Parents are also very supportive of the school in using Frog and has provided much help in helping the school succeed.” - Headmaster