Workshop on Adopting 21st Century Skills through Southeast Asia Digital Class at Maktab Sains Paduka Seri Begawan Sultan (MSPSBS), Brunei Darussalam


SEAMEO QITEP (Southeast Asian Ministers of Education Organisation –Quality Improvement of Teachers and Education Personnel) in Science, SEAMEO QITEP in Mathematics; SEAMOLEC (Southeast Asian Ministers Open Learning Education Centre worked collaboratively on the Workshop on Adopting 21st Century Skills through Southeast Asia Digital Class to nurturing and enhancing the quality of science and mathematics education in the SEAMEO Member Countries of Brunei Darussalam. The workshop and test were held in Maktab Sains Paduka Seri Begawan Sultan (MSPSBS) on October 7th-8th , 2015. The participants were 16 teacher consist of physic, biology, chemistry and mathematis teacher and 22 people of 9th grade student .

The Team of SEAMEO QITEP in Mathematics, Science and SEAMOLEC were Mr Fadjar Shadiq, M.App.Sc, Ms.Tati Setiawati, Mr Dani Purnama and Ms. Arie Susanty.

The first day of training Mr. Fadjar emphasized the importance of problem solving and exploration during the teaching and learning of mathematics, and Ms Tati discussing regarding Diagnostic Test as a mapping tool concerning student competency level in subject of Mathematics and Science in the region. To identify teacher training needs, and as feedback to education stakeholders, there were IBSE session the in 21st Century Curriculum, regarding critical and creative thinking, problem solving and inquiry, communicating and collaborating, building arguments, using information and media and succeeding in school and the workplace.  It was emphasized that the 21st century skills was a set of abilities that students need to develop in order to succeed in the information, namely learning, literacy and life skills. At the end of the activity Mr Dani and Ms Arie from Seamolec explaining and practising EDMODO.

The second day, October 8th 2015, the student attended the science and mathematics test, each session needed 60 minute to do the test. According to the interview, the teacher and the student were enjoyed to work using EDMODO, there were several benefits like easy to operate and for student they liked to used EDMODO for the test because there no need paper and pencil anymore and more easier to click the mouse rather than to write the answer.

As the conclusion, the team has successfully conducted the workshop in Brunei and tested grade 9 students; The activity in Brunei cannot be done successfully without the support and assistance from the management of MSPSBS; and The cooperation between the MSPSBS and SEAMEO Centres should be continued especially in solving the problem of Adopting 21st Century Skills through Southeast Asia Digital Class in Brunei.