There has been much talk about disruptive innovation in education. Teaching and learning approaches are rapidly changing where the traditional “chalk and talk” have shifted to a blended-learning method. Through technology, many schools are enlightened by the possibilities of change and begin seizing opportunities to challenge the status quo in education. In recent years, we have seen more and more rural schools in Malaysia stepping up and making themselves a formidable player in the education arena. Location and background no longer becomes a hindering factor when technology has helped build a bridge that overcame the social and digital divide.
Established in 1991, SK Besout 5 is a small school located within the palm oil plantations of FELDA Besout in Perak. Students who attend the school live within the plantation and they come from a background of plantation settlers. In 2016 when the school received the Frog Appliance, a hardware solution that enables schools to access Frog despite low connectivity, teachers were very excited to introduce students to a 21st Century teaching and learning experience.
“Students love it! Most of them have never used a computer or laptop before because they come from low income families. So you can only imagine how excited they are to learn with Frog,” said Cikgu Nor Affendi bin Mohd Nor, an English teacher in SK Besout 5.
Unknowingly winning the Championships
In 2018 when FrogPlay was incorporated into Frog Appliance, teachers were actively using the gamified application for classroom lessons, revision and relief classes. Students enjoyed it so much that they were repeating quiz questions over and over again just to achieve the perfect score. Unbeknownst to them, their efforts built up to high scores that won them third place in the FrogPlay World Championships for Frog Appliance category.
Encouraged by their win in the FrogPlay World Championships, the school continued their efforts throughout the Frog Championships: Level Up!, a series of competition that focused on different school subjects such as Maths, English and Science. Teachers got together to schedule each class to use Frog so that all students have equal accessibility. Through this strategy, the school was able to maximize the usage of Frog throughout the competition. Besides that, teachers would also update students about their Leaderboard standings to motivate them to do better everyday. Through consistent effort and hardwork, SK Besout 5 won second place in Level Up: English and first place in Level Up: Science, both on a national level.
Surpassing the norm
Winning in the Championships was beyond expectations. Parents feel extremely proud because they never thought a small, rural school like SK Besout 5 could achieve national recognition. “I am just a plantation worker, so I may not know how Frog works. But what I know is that Frog has given my children an opportunity of a lifetime - one that I never thought possible,” said a parent.
Through their amazing achievements, SK Besout 5 became a role-model school in the Muallim district. The school is often invited by the district education office to share their best practices with other schools within the district. Their success has become a motivation to other schools to perform better.
Frog helps students learn better!
Read more about schools in Perak that are making a difference with Frog here - https://frogasia.com/en/impact-stories-perak.