Cikgu Mohamad Jalil bin Mohamad Yunus, winner of the Frog Teacher Awards: Most Influential Advocate said:

There’s a saying - that if I were thrown into the sea, I would become an island; if I were thrown into the sky, I would become a star. This has become my principal that I strongly hold onto as an educator because I believe educators need to always be ready to face all kinds of possibilities and changes in education.

Also fondly known as Cikgu Jay, the Frog Teacher Award winner is one of the first Frog Advocates that spearheaded the use of the Frog VLE in schools since 2016. He has conducted more than 200 Frog Module workshops to guide teachers on how to make the most out of the platform for classroom teaching and learning. His innovative ways have made him a popular point of reference for suggestions and solutions to effectively implement 21st century methods and approach in school by senior leaders, teachers and education officers. 

Cikgu Jay shared,

“I try to be as creative as possible with my teaching methods so that my students are constantly exposed to new ways that encourage them to expand their knowledge and skills beyond the textbooks."

As a huge advocate of 21st century education, he has been setting education trends that many teachers have adopted and implemented into their school culture. Here are 3 trends started and influenced by Cikgu Jay:-


TREND #1 - THE FROG SQUAD

During his time in SMK Jalan Reko, he started a team of student-mentors known as The Frog Squad. These students are those who have shown an interest in exploring and developing their digital skills. Cikgu Jay would train them to navigate and utilise the Frog VLE together with other applications such as Padlet, Kahoot, Google Docs and Google Slides. Then, these students would in turn be mentors to their peers and assistants to teachers. Cikgu Jay also shared that often times his students will conduct a show-and-tell about Frog and help facilitate tutorials during the Frog Module workshops.

He said with pride,

“My greatest calling as an educator is to nurture my students to be extraordinary individuals who are capable and ready to take on the world as its future leaders. And I am proud to say that I have done so through my Frog Squad. They are not only creative, innovative and tech-savvy, but they have also more confident and developed leadership qualities."

Cikgu Jay’s concept of student-mentors became a trend and schools in Selangor such as SMK Sungai Rama, SMK Convent Kajang and SMK Jalan Empat began adopting the concept and developed their own version of a Frog Squad. This trend took off across the state and reached even the most northern parts of Malaysia, when Headmistress from SK Kayang in Perlis requested for Cikgu Jay and his Frog Squad to share their best practices with teachers and students.


TREND #2 - SITES FOR EVERYTHING

In efforts to promote the use of digital platforms, Cikgu Jay introduced the idea of creating individual Frog Site for each classroom, managed and updated by students. Classroom Sites were also made accessible to parents to help them stay connected and updated with what is happening in school. 

Cikgu Jay shared, “Students highly enjoy managing their Classroom Sites because they are given the freedom to explore their creativity and expand their digital skills. Besides that, students developed a sense of responsibility as they are entrusted to keep their peers and parents informed. The Site is populated with updates on homework, assignments and revision materials that it also became a reference point if a student had missed a class."

Teachers and students then began working together to create more Sites to host information for various co-curricular activities and programs. For example, a Site was created to host media and content for a school-level anti-drug campaign. This initiative was commended by the state health department and became an example followed by schools across Selangor.


TREND #3 - SIMPLICITY IN TECHNOLOGY

One of Cikgu Jay’s most notable qualities is his ability to present the simplicity in edutech. He shared that he constantly puts his best foot forward in bringing exposure to technology in education to students, teachers and parents. However, many teachers and parents are still resistant to the concept of edutech and therefore, keeping many students in the dark. 

“The negative perception teachers and parents have towards technology stems from unfamiliarity and also fear of the unknown. So, I approach these teachers and parents by presenting the simple solutions provided by technology that solves issues faced in traditional teaching and learning methods,” said Cikgu Jay.

The Most Influential Advocate demonstrates the concept of gamified-learning through FrogPlay and how it motivates students to learn more and supports independent revision. He also promotes Frog Boost as a solution that eased the burden of teachers through easy access to complete and ready-to-use teaching materials. 

“I always ensure that teachers who attend my workshop sessions are introduced to these applications on Frog and how easy it is to apply them into teaching and learning,” said Cikgu Jay. Many Frog Advocates have followed and applied his techniques in providing simple steps and approaches to convince pragmatic teachers to start using technology in education.


TREND #3 - SIMPLICITY IN TECHNOLOGY

One of Cikgu Jay’s most notable qualities is his ability to present the simplicity in edutech. He shared that he constantly puts his best foot forward in bringing exposure to technology in education to students, teachers and parents. However, many teachers and parents are still resistant to the concept of edutech and therefore, keeping many students in the dark. 

“The negative perception teachers and parents have towards technology stems from unfamiliarity and also fear of the unknown. So, I approach these teachers and parents by presenting the simple solutions provided by technology that solves issues faced in traditional teaching and learning methods,” said Cikgu Jay.

The Most Influential Advocate demonstrates the concept of gamified-learning through FrogPlay and how it motivates students to learn more and supports independent revision. He also promotes Frog Boost as a solution that eased the burden of teachers through easy access to complete and ready-to-use teaching materials. 

“I always ensure that teachers who attend my workshop sessions are introduced to these applications on Frog and how easy it is to apply them into teaching and learning,” said Cikgu Jay. Many Frog Advocates have followed and applied his techniques in providing simple steps and approaches to convince pragmatic teachers to start using technology in education.