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Wednesday, October 23, 2013



Curriculum 2013 has promoted some teaching and learning models. One of them is Project Based Learning (PBL). Project Based Learning is a teaching approach that enables students to work in a collaboration. By using PBL, students will go through a learning experience that will be remembered on a longer time and not easy to be forgotten. This learning model brings students to implement 21st century skills, skills that needed to face 21st century. The 21st century skills that can be practiced by project based learning such as problem solver, innovation, effective communication, collaboration, critical thinking and ICT literacy.


 The price of vegetables in Singapore is more expensive than that of in other South East Asia country. The price of 1 kilogram of mustard (kai lan) is around 4 -5 dollar Singapore (the price at fair price), meanwhile it is about Rp. 5.000 10.000 in Indonesia and 40 bath in Thailand. The price of a kilogram of tomato 5 6 dollar Singapore, while in Indonesia it is about Rp. 6.000 10.000, and 30 bath in Thailand. This happen because Singapore imports some fruits and vegetables from neighbor country such as Malaysia, China, Thailand and Indonesia. This condition influences vegetables from, their answer is from market. They do not know that it is from plantation. Even they do not know the form of tomato plant, whether it is a bush, under the ground or a tree. It is a kind of problem if they do not know the origin of something they find and eat everyday. To overcome this fact, Sekolah Indonesia Singapore chooses the topic on planting hydroponics vegetables at green house as the theme of project based learning.

Implementation of Project Based Learning at Sekolah Indonesia Singapore involved several subjects and topics on different grade. The subjects that involved are Biology for students grade 12, Physics for students grade 11, Chemist for students grade 10, and English for students grade 10. There are some objectives of Project Based Learning in Sekolah Indonesia Singapore as follows: 1. Students will get to know to the growth of plants (vegetables and fruits) and their benefit. 2. Students will have opportunity to create water installation and cooling system for green house by using related theory. 3. Students will know the correct chemical composition that needed by vegetables. 4. Students will have opportunity to promote the benefit of vegetables.

The scope of this project are limited only for grade 12, 11 and 10 students for Biology, Physics, Chemist and English. The subject matters for this project can be described as follows: 1. Physics Focused on Fluid Dynamics and Pascal Law for grade XI. Students are responsible to create and design water treatment installation and cooling system. Those installation must be based on related theory. 2. Biology Focused on seeding and plant growth for grade XII. Students are responsible do prepare the best seeding and planting method. Students are able to do several experiments for the best seeds. 3. Chemist Focused on solution needed by plant and its growth for grade X. Students are responsible to prepare nutrition solution needed by plants. The correct calculation of solution will effect to the plant 4. English Focused on promoting the project and also benefit of vegetables for our health. Students are responsible to create brochure in English that promote the project especially the benefit of vegetables for our health

About the program

The implementation of Project Based Learning at Sekolah Indonesia Singapura is conducted by SEAMEO-SEAMOLEC on a program named "SEA Edunet 2.0.: E-Collaborative Learning Using Project Based Learning Model." The objectives of this program are as follow.  

A.  Try out on certain distance learning model associated with 21st century skill development.
B.  Feasibility study in e-collaborative learning model among schools in Southeast Asia to develop culture tolerance between countries.

Meanwhile, this program hopefully also will give some benefits which are
A.  Strengthen synergy and collaboration opportunities among local schools and also regional schools.
B.  Enable teachers and students to interact, share ideas and best practices, local and also regional.
C.  Fostering 21st century skills through online collaborative learning.

SEA Edunet 2.0 program is implemented into 3 activities. The first is online activity, an online course on e-collaborative learning for teachers. This activity is conducted for activity is face-to-face workshop on e-collaborative learning for teachers. A three days workshop conducted after online course, held by all SILN and local school participated on SEA Edunet 2.0. The presenters of workshop are SEAMOLEC staffs and expert teacher. The third activity is implementation of e-collaborative learning. Schools implement e-collaborative learning using Project Based Learning for one until four months. SEAMOLEC provides assistant in this phase by sending an expert teacher for one month in each country and also by provide online tutor available via collaborative learning platform. 

Twenty First Century Skills 

Development of twenty first century education is marked with the increasing usage on information and Communication Technology. The fast growing information is spread easily around the world in a minute facilitated by sophisticated technology. Due to this condition, education has to make a break through in order to be up dated.  

There some new paradigm on 21st century education. The following are new paradigm on 21st century education: 
a.  From teacher centered into students centered. 
b.  From one way communication into interactive communication. 
c.  From a single classroom into network classroom. 
d.  Resource of study is not only from teacher, library but also web quest. 
e.  Teach students to have higher order thinking skills 

Furthermore, twenty first century education is also train the students to have twenty first century skills which are: 
a.  Problem solver 
b.  Collaboration 
c.  Effective communication 
d.  Critical thinking 
e.  Innovation 
f.  Independent 
g.  IT literate.

Project Based Learning 

Project Based Learning is a kind of teaching and learning model based on instruction that involves students to do investigations of a problem. The final activity of PBL is an authentic product. By making a project, students will do a series of real activities that make students in active roles such as problem solver, decision maker, investigator, critical remember the lesson in longer time (90 % after 2 weeks) if they do the real thing (Peter Sheals on Depdiknas : 2002) The picture shows Edgar Dale's Cone of Learning, as concept of learning by doing can be depicted as follows. 

By Project Based Learning, students will work together and try to communicate with other. Communication is needed when solving the problem.  They will communicate with their peers, teachers even professional that having concern to the project. The resources of the project may vary from the things surrounding area or a web quest. 

When students communicate and collaborate with their peers, it will broaden students insight.  Vygotsky believe that  social interaction is very important on learning and development. There are two basic elements on Knowledgeable Other (MKO) and the Zone of Proximal Development (ZPD). Normally, teachers or instructors take part on MKO, while students interaction with their peer can develop the Zone of Proximal Development. The Zone of Proximal Development is the distance/gap between what a learner has already master (the actual development level) and what he or she can achieve when provided with educational support  (potential development) (Vygotsky : 1978). This picture shows the concept of ZPD. 

Project based learning will also help students understand the lesson by using inquiry learning. A review of research about PBL concludes that such projects on PBL are focused on questions or problems that "drive students to encounter (and struggle with) the central concepts and principles of a discipline" (Thomas, 2000). More over, the main activities of a project involve inquiry and the construction of new knowledge by the student (Thomas, 2000). Students typically have a choice when it comes to designing their project, which allows them to pursue their interests and engage their curiosity. In the course of answering their own questions, students may investigate topics not identified by the teacher as learning goals. 

There are some benefits on implementation of PBL in the classroom. By using PBL, it will Increase attendance, growth in self-reliance, and improved attitudes toward learning towards students. Further more, students involved in projects taking greater responsibility for their own learning than during more traditional classroom activities. PBL will also give opportunities for students to develop complex skills, such as higher-order thinking, problem-solving, collaborating, and communicating (twenty firs century skills). Further more, PBL creates an access to a broader range of learning opportunities in the classroom, providing a strategy for engaging culturally diverse learners 

Implementation of E-Collaborative Learning Using Project Based Learning at Sekolah Indonesia Singapura

The activities of E-Collaborative Learning Using Project Based Learning is started with online activity on edmodo since august 2013. Teachers are following online course on Project Based Learning conducted by SEAMOLEC on edmodo classroom name SEAMOLEC conduct an online course on PBL.

Face-to-face workshop at Sekolah Indonesis Singapura was conducted on August 21-24,  2013. It was involving 18 teachers from Sekolah Indonesia Singapura as participants hen devided into 1 group for English, Mathematics, Chemistry, Physics and Biology. The material of face to face workshop including Pembelajaran Abad 21, basic concept of Project Based Learning, Planning the PBL, edmodo classroom, digibook. The presenter on this workshop were stafs from SEAMOLEC and Expert Teacher of SEA Edunet 2.0.

The workshop was ended with teleconference among all participants of SEAEdunet 2.0 on Saturday, August 24, 2013. On the teleconference, each school should present their Project Idea of PBL. While Sekolah Indonesia Singapura presented the idea on planting hydroponic vegetables on green house, presented by Biology teacher, Miss Emmalia Suryani, S.Pd.  The video presentation can be seen from youtube link

The presentation file can be downloaded from this link

 The implementation of PBL at Sekolah Indonesia Singapore, teachers have created a project plan. The idea of this project is from the real condition that happen in Singapore. The following table is the project plan for PBL at Sekolah Indonesia Singapore.
Name of Project
Empowering Green House for Better Life
Project Idea
Revitalize green house by planting  hydroponic  vegetables
Students work together to revitalize the green house and plant some vegetables by using hydroponics method
Students will get to know to the growth of plants (vegetables and fruits) and their benefit
1. Most Students in Sekolah Indonesia Singapore do not know more about plant and how to plant
2. limited area for planting in Singapore
3. Temperature in Singapore is not suitable for panting
4. Singapore imported vegetables and fruit from other country
1 – 6 months
Project Lesson
Biology, Physics, Chemist, English
X, XI science, XII Science
Driving Questions
1. How much is the price in Indonesia?
2. How much is the price in Singapore?
3. Why is the price of vegetables in Singapore expensive?
4. How can we produce our own vegetables in Singapore?
5. How to overcome this problem
6. What about the condition of farming (vegetables) in other countries?
Content Standard to be taught
Students will be able to analyze the growth and development of plant
Students will be able to analyze dynamic fluid and thermodynamic
Students will be able to analyze nutrition needed by plants
Students will be able to promote the project
21st century skills to be taught and assessed
1. Critical thinking
2. Problem solver
3. Collaborative
4. Communication
5. IT Literacy
Major Product
Growing vegetables by using hydroponic system
Quiz, Journal, activity, performance
Reflection methode
Discussion, observation
Timeline of activity

Week 1
Introductory meeting, project planning, find materials needed on project, socialization
Week 2
Seeding, germination, controlling progress, installation of hydroponic system
Week 3
Planting, treatment and observation
Week 4
Observation, reflection, assessment

Implementation on Week 1

Sekolah Indonesia Singapura already has a green house. But the condition is not so good to be called as green house. The green house was built around three years ago, but the function is not effective. There are only some flowers and medicine herbal plants on the green house. The real condition of green house can be seen from this link .

Here is the picture of green house.

Actually we had already created a project plan during the workshop. But we decided to hold a meeting to discus more on the project. The discussion on PBL was conducted on Tuesday, August 27, 2013. The video of Project Plan discussion can be seen from this link . On the discussion, we made sure all the things to be prepared, including the renovation of green house, and preparing the seeds. The result on this discussion, we finally decided that the lesson involved on the project were Biology, Physics, Chemist and English.

On Wednesday, August 28, 2013. We came to the next step. We invited some students from grade X, XI, and XII for project socialization. On this steps, teachers inform the students about the project plan and the schedule that we were going to do. Furthermore, teachers also informed the job description of each class. The video of project socialization can be seen from the following Youtube video link .

On Thursday, August 29 2013, we started doing our project. We did an experiment on seeding. On this Biology experiment, students grade XII planted some seeds on some media such as soil and sponge. They would find out the best seed that would grow better and become the sprout that would be planted. The following is Youtube video link

Implementation on Week 2

Based on the time line on week 2, the project was going to be started. We were going to plant the sprout and build the installation. On week 1, students grade XII on Biology class already did an experiment to find out the best way for seeding. On week 2, they made a journal for daily update of the sprout. As the result, finally they decided to plant new seeds because the result of the first experiment was not good. On Tuesday, September 3 2013, they planted new seeds on sponge. This is video link on their activity .

Meanwhile, students grade XI on Physics were ready to take a part on the project. Based on the job description, they had responsible to build hydroponic installation. They would build automatic water and cooling system installation. By using theory on Dynamic Fluids and Thermodynamics, students work together to build the system. Because the condition of green house that did not have any plastic or glass wall, they decided to use plastic wrap to close all the wall surrounding the green house. The following Youtube link is the video taken on Thursday, September 5, 2013 when students worked together to build water and cooling system. 

This picture shows the design on hydroponic water and cooling system created by students grade XI.

On Friday, September 6, 2013, based on the time schedule, it was planting time. Students of Grade X also participated on the project. They have responsible to supply the solution for hydroponic nutrition. To accomplish their responsibility, they worked together on Chemistry lesson. Meanwhile, students grade XII were ready for planting the sprouts. They collaborated to move the sprout from seeding form to the hydroponic installation. The vegetables were ready to grow on hydroponic system.

Implementation on Week 3

On week 3, students did not have to work hard anymore. It was time for hydroponic treatment. Everything was on set and run well. They just visited the green house once a day and checked the growth of vegetables. The following video link informs how the water system works.

Implementation on Week 4

On week 4, it is observation and assessment time. The project team would observe the activity had been done. Teachers also would do a series of assessment and observation. Each teacher had their own method of assessment, but there was a similarity on assessing the students. Teachers assessed from students’ activity and creativity during the project based on their rubric of assessment.

During the observation, students found some weakness related to the project. There are some parts of water installation that must be rearrange and rechecked such as the size of vase was not same, bucket for nutrition was not big enough, water pump sometimes did not work. The electric installation must be fixed related to the security and electric shocks. Here is the link for video interview with students participated on the PBL .

E-Collaboration During The Project

To provide more information on the project, the project team created an e-collaboration on this project. E-collaboration on this project is in the form of edmodo classroom that invite local school in Jepara as partner. Project team has created edmodo classroom named “Project Based Learning SMA Jepara SI-Singapura.” The class code is “kwmx7b”. 

The following are the role of local partner : 
a. Supporting Information related to the Main Project
b. Give additional information especially related to vegetables and plants surrounding at students’ home.
c. Students make video description of vegetables and plants surrounding their house (English)
d. The best Students’ video is upload on YouTube to be shared to SIS students

As the result of e-collaboration, teachers at SMA Negeri 1 Welahan and SMA Negeri 1 Pecangaan took part as local partner. They held a project based learning that support main project in Singapore. Students from SMA Negeri 1 welahan created project on video description of vegetables around their home then uploaded on youtube and share on edmodo. Meanwhile, students from SMA Negeri 1 Pecangaan provided information by writing a report text about plants and fruits surrounding their home. Here are the video and text report written by students uploaded by students from Jepara.


On the implementation of e-collaborative learning using PBL at Sekolah Indonesia Singapura, the project team found some findings as follows. 
1. Most students enjoy studying on PBL.
2. Students got new learning experience by practicing real activity.
3. By PBL, students practiced twenty first century skill such as communication, collaboration, problem solver, critical thinking and ICT literacy.
4. Students used internet to search information related to project, such as how to make nutrition of hydroponics. 
5. Students used some social media during the project such as edmodo, facebook and twitter. 
6. Some problem found on the implementation of PBL:
a) Sometimes there were mis communications among the team.
b) Students need more time to focus on the project
c) There were some weakness on hydroponic system created by students, especially on water supply.
7. Suggestion to the problem:
a) School provide a special time for PBL
b) Communication skill must be build among the team
c) Improvement on water and cooling system.


From the implementation and observation of Project Based Learning at Sekolah Indonesia Singapura, it can be concluded that:
1. PBL runs well during the implementation although there were some problem.
2. PBL gave new learning experience to the students. They got a new way on teaching and learning process.
3. E-collaboration runs during the PBL, but the participant was only 2 local schools.


There are some suggestion related to the implementation of PBL at SIS:
1. PBL can be a good teaching and learning method that should be promoted more in the implementation.
2. Teacher and stakeholders should support the implementation of PBL at schools
3. E-collaboration with other schools should be built more, especially the participation of local school from Indonesia

Wednesday, October 02, 2013

Pengalaman Satu Bulan Sebagai Expert Teacher di Singapura

Merupakan pengalaman yang sangat luar biasa ketika kami (Fatkhur Rozi, S.Pd., M,Kom dan Septiawan Tri Pambudi dari SMA Negeri 1 Welahan) memiliki kesempatan untuk berpartisipasi sebagai expert teacher dan expert student pada program SEAEdunet 2.0. pada tanggal 19 Agustus hingga 21 September 2013. Program ini diselenggarakan oleh SEAMOLEC (Southeast Asia Open and Distance Learning Centre),  yakni lembaga dibawah naungan SEAMEO (Southeast Asia Ministers of Education Organization/ Organisasi Menteri-Menteri Pendidikan se-Asia Tenggara). Adapun tempat kami bertugas adalah di Sekolah Indonesia Singapura, yakni Sekolah yang pengelolaannya dibawah Kedutaan Besar Republik Indonesia di Singapura.

Expert Teachers SEA Edunet 2.0.

Sebagai Expert teacher, tugas kami antara lain sebagai narasumber pada kegiatan workshop untuk program SEA Edunet 2.0, selama 3 hari, dan selanjutnya kami mendampingi guru-guru di Sekolah Indonesia Singapura untuk melaksanakan model pembelajaran e-kolaborasi menggunakan Project Based Learningselama kurang lebih 4 minggu. Adapun materi pelatihan selama workshop 3 hari antara lain Pembelajaran Abad 21, Pengenalan pada Project Based Learning (Pembelajaran Berbasis Proyek), kolaborasi pembelajaran melalui Edmodo, pembuatan bahan ajar dengan menggunakan e-book maker (sigil) dan pembuatan video tutorial pembelajaran dengan menggunakan Screen O Matic. Sedangkan siswa kami, Septiawan, memperoleh kesempatan untuk menuntut ilmu bersama siswa-siswi di Sekolah Indonesia Singapura.
Pada tanggal 24 Agustus, hari terakhir pelaksanaan workshop, selanjutnya diselenggarakan kegiatan teleconference secara online yang melibatkan seluruh sekolah yang terlibat yakni Sekolah Indonesia se - Asia Tenggara dan beberapa sekolah lokal di Indonesia. Pada kegiatan ini, masing-masing peserta memaparkan rencana pelaksanaan Project Based learning yang akan diimplementasikan selama 1 hingga 6 bulan kedepan.

Implementasi Project Based Learning diSekolah Indonesia Singapura

Project Based Learning merupakan salah satu model pembelajaran yang ditawarkan pada Kurikulum 2013. Namun sebenarnya PBL merupakan bukan hal yang baru. Project Based Learning merupakan model pembelajaran yang berbasis pada instruksi-instruksi yang melibatkan siswa untuk melakukan infestigasi dari sebuah masalah. Hasil akhir dari PBL ini adalah sebuah produk autentik. Dengan cara ini, siswa akan melaksanakan serangkaian aktifitas nyata yang menuntut siswa untuk aktif menggunakan berbagai ketrampilan antara lain sebagai pemecah masalah, pembuat keputusan, berfikir kritis, berkomunikasi efektif dan bekerjasama. Ketrampilan-ketrampilan tersebut merupakan skill yang sering dipakai pada kehidupan abad 21 (twenty first century skills).
Adapun ide proyek yang kami laksanakan di Sekolah Indonesia di Singapura adalah memanfaatkan rumah kaca (green house) untuk menanam sayuran hydroponik. Proyek ini melibatkan 4 mapel yakni Biologi, Fisika, Kimia dan Bahasa Inggris. Ide ini dilandasi dengan adanya kondisi mahalnya harga sayur-mayur di Singapura, karena sayuran tersebut masih diimport dari negara lain. Selain itu juga adanya kenyataan bahwa kebanyakan siswa di sini tidak mengetahui bentuk asli tanaman sayuran, mereka hanya tahu hasil alkhirnya ketika siap untuk dimakan. Dengan menggunakan PBL, diharapkan para siswa akan memperoleh pengalaman belajar yang akan dapat diingat dalam jangka waktu yang lama.
Implementasi Project Based Learning di Sekolah Indonesia Singapura juga melibatkan kolaborasi dengan sekolah lokal di Jepara. Adapun sekolah yang terlibat yakni SMA Negeri 1 Welahan dan SMA Negeri 1 Pecangaan. Siswa di kedua sekolah tersebut melaksanakan pembelajaran berbasis proyek yang mendukung kegiatan utama di Singapura. Dengan memanfaatkan tehnologi informasi, siswa mendeskripsikan tanaman dan sayuran yang ada disekeliling rumah mereka dalam bentuk video dan teks, kemudian di unggah ke kanal Youtube, dan di bagikan kepada siswa di Singapura melalui kelas Edmodo.
Produk akhir dari Project Based Learning kali ini adalah pembuatan dan pemeliharaan sayuran hidroponik yang ditanam di rumah kaca hingga panen. Selain itu, penilaian siswa dilakukan melalui ide-ide yang muncul ketika melaksanakan proyek, kolaborasi dan kemampuan berpikir kritis dalam menyelesaikan masalah. Dengan melalui pembelajaran berbasis proyek ini diharapkan akan mampu malatih siswa dalam mengimplementasikan ketrampilan abad 21.

Expert Teacher dan Expert Student SI Singapura

Kesempatan Berkunjung ke National Institute of Education - NTU

Keberadaan kita sebagai Expert Teacher di negara Singapura sudah selayaknya kita manfaatkan untuk meng"explore" berbagai tempat untuk menambah wawasan kita. Salah satunya tempat yang layak saya kunjungi adalah National Institute of Education. Pada dasarnya, NIE masih satu payung lembaga dengan Nanyang Institute of Technologi (NTE). Boleh dikatakan bahwa NIE itu Fakultas Keguruan milik NTE, salah satu dari 50 perguruan tinggi terbaik se dunia.
Salah satu alasan saya datang ke NIE kali ini adalah untuk bertemu dengan Dr. Willy Renandya, salah seorang profesor yang mengajar di NIE, asli Yogyakarta. Beliau adalah profesor Bahasa Inggris yang sudah sering malang melintang di dunia ke"Bahasa Inggris"an. Sudah beberapa kali saya berkesempatan mengikuti seminar beliau di konferensi internasional.
Tentunya saya mengikuti aturan untuk membuat appointment secara resmi, satu minggu sebelumnya saya mengirim pesan melalui akun fb beliau, dan alhamdulillah beliau bisa menerima kami pada hari senin tanggal 10 september 2013 pada pukul 11.30 waktu Singapura. Saya diterima oleh Dr. Willy bersama dengan seorang dosen Universitas Ciputra Surabaya. Beliau, Ibu natalia saat ini sedang mengikuti program sandwich selama 4 bulan di NIE, yakni program mengikuti perkuliahan di Luar Negeri bagi mahasiswa Phd, didanai oleh DIKTI.
Tepat pukul 11.30 waktu singapura, saya berkunjung ke kantor Prof Willy, kami diterima dengan hangat. Percakapan dan diskusi berlanjut ke kantin NIE yang asri, kita ngobrol sambil makan siang. Banyak sekali yang kita diskusikan, dari hal kecil hingga masalah pengajaran Bahasa Inggris.

Bersama Prof. WIlly dan Ibu Natalia

Catatan kecil selama 1 bulan tinggal di Singapura

Singapura yang juga dikenal sebagai negeri singa termasuk 10 negara dengan biaya hidup paling tinggi di dunia. Sebagai pusat bisnis dan wisata belanja di asia tenggara, sudah sepantasnya apabila Singapura dijuluki sebagai hutan mall dan kondominium. Banyak sekali ditemukan pusat-pusat bisnis dan perbelanjaan, dari perusahaan multi nasional hingga toko produk-produk mewah semacam "Hermes, Louis Viton, Charles and Keith“dan lain-lain. Yang menarik dari singapura adalah transportrasi masal yang dapat dengan mudah kita temukan dan lalulintas yang lancar. Kita bisa menggunakan MRT (kereta cepat) dan bus untuk menuju berbagai penjuru singapura. Selain itu, ada juga taxi, namun kita tidak bisa asal menghentikannya.
Ada beberapa catatan menarik ketika memiliki kesempatan untuk tinggal selama 1 bulan sebagai Expert teacher SEA Edunet 2.0
1. Banyak aturan yang apabila dilanggar akan kena denda, terutama apabila dilakukan ditempat umum semisal di dalam bus, mrt. Merokok ditempat umum didenda 1000 dolar, makan dan minum dan juga membuang sampah sembarangan akan didenda 500 dolar. Harap diketahui bahwa kamera pengintai (CCTV) bertebaran dimana-mana. Memang Singapura ada yang mem"pleset"kan sebagai fine city.
2. Untuk menuju halte dan stasiun MRT, kita harus jalan kaki. Karena kita pergi dan pulang dari apartemen ke Sekolah Indonesia Singapura menggunakan transportasi umum, kita harus berjalan kaki untuk menuju halte atau stasiun mrt. Kalau dihitung, mungkin dalam 1 hari kita bisa berjalan kaki kurang lebih 1 kilo.
3. Dalam hal pelayanan masyarakat, singapura jagonya. Disini ada EZ link card yang dapat digunakan untuk ongkos MRT, bus, bahkan bisa juga untuk beli makanan dan minuman ringan. Tapi jangan lupa untuk selalu cek saldo. Kalo saldo habis maka harus di "top up". Isi ulang EZ link card dapat dilakukan di stasiun mrt, atau juga di minimarket seperti 7eleven dan lainnya.
4. Berkaitan dengan makanan, kita harus hati-hati dalam memilih makanan, karena di Singapura kebanyakan restoran menjual makanan chinese, sulit sekali menemukan makanan halal. Pilihannya kita bisa mengunjungi kedai muslim melayu atau kedai muslim india. Yang pasti rasanya akan aneh dilidah kita.
5. Kelanjutan dari catatan no 4, yang pasti harga makanan disini mahal sekali. Sekali makan paling tidak biayanya sekitar 4 - 7 dolar, kalo dikalikan kurs rupiah yang makin menggila, Rp 9000, ketemu sekitar Rp. 50.000.
6. Untuk komunikasi sehari-hari, berhubung warga singapura mayoritas adalah chinese, diikuti oleh melayu, india dan western, bahasa yang digunakan adalah "Singlish" atau bahasa Inggris nya singapura. Bagi yang tidak terbiasa dengan singlish akan bingung dengan logat dan gaya bicara yang aneh.

Itu tadi sekedar sekelumit catatan selama 1 bulan sebagai expert teacher, hal yang tidak akan terlupakan adalah ketika berkunjung ke tempat-tempat menarik seperti Orchard, Mustafa, Marina Bay, Esplanade dengan konser raya melayu, Merlion, Sentosa Island. Dan juga berkesempatan untuk melaksanakan sholat jum’at di Masjid Sultan (masjid tertua di Singapura) dan berziarah ke makam Habib Noh (ulama’ penyebar agama islam di Singapura). Selain itu juga kami berkesempatan mengikuti resepsi diplomatik peringatan hari kemerdekaan RI dan panggung gembira yang menghadirkan artis-artis ibukota di KBRI Singapura.

Mr. Heru dan Mr. Rozi


Resepsi Diplomatik di Kedubes RI

Tuesday, August 27, 2013

Experience of Being an Expert Teacher

It is a great experience that I got an opportunity to be an Expert Teacher of SEA Edunet 2.0

This program is conducted by SEAMEO SEAMOLEC Jakarta.
Being an Expert Teacher is not an easy job because I have to give training on Project Based Learning (PBL) to teachers at Sekolah Indonesia Singapura. Furthermore, I have to connect SIS PBL with other school around South East Asia.

This program is started on 21 August until 19 September 2013.
The preparation to join this program was very hard. I had to join the workshop on SEA Edunet at Hotel Park Jakarta from 30 August - 1 September 2013. We learnt some subjects on Project Based Learning and some IT Tools, especially EDMODO.

Hopefully this program can be connecting line between SMANELA and International Connection.

Friday, April 26, 2013

Teaching English using Jazz Chants

How to use Jazz Chants in the classroom

You can use these jazz chants in a variety of fun ways. You can practice stress and rhythm with your class, to help your students sound more natural when they speak English. Also, because each jazz chant focuses on different vocabulary and grammar, you can also use them to review important words and structures! Here are some ideas on how to use these jazz chants with your class.

Practice stress and rhythm

Choose a jazz chant you want to use and make one copy of the chant for every pair of students in your class.
Play the recording for the first time just for fun.
Give each student a copy of the recording script, and play the recording again as they listen and read at the same time.
Put students into pairs and have them put a small circle above each word that is stressed. Check their answers, then play the recording again as they listen and check.
Finally, play the recording one more time and have students sing along.

Review vocabulary

Check the vocabulary focus for each jazz chant and choose one you want to review.  Make one copy of the Recording script for every two students in your class.
Write the vocabulary focus on the board and put students into pairs to make a list of as many associated words as they can.
Play the recording and have students note all the words they hear that are associated with the vocabulary focus.
Give each student a copy of the Recording script, and play the recording again as they listen and read at the same time. Tell them to underline all the target words.
Finally, play the recording one more time and have students sing along.

Review grammar

Check the grammar focus for each jazz chant and choose one you want to review.  Make one copy of the Recording script for every two students in your class.
Write the grammar focus on the board and put students into pairs to make a few example sentences using the grammar.
Play the recording and have students note how many times they hear the target grammar.
Give each student a copy of the Recording script, and play the recording again as they listen and read at the same time. Tell them to underline each example of the target grammar.
Finally, play the recording one more time and have students sing along.

Friday, April 19, 2013

Do Little Motion

Do little motion 123
Do little motion 123
Do little motion 123
every body follow me
follow follow follow me
follow follow follow me
follow follow follow me
every body follow me

Do little motion 123
Do little motion 123
Do little motion 123
every body follow him
follow follow follow him
follow follow follow him
follow follow follow him
every body follow him

Do little motion 123
Do little motion 123
Do little motion 123
every body follow her
follow follow follow her
follow follow follow her
follow follow follow her
every body follow her

Do little motion 123
Do little motion 123
Do little motion 123
every body follow them
follow follow follow them
follow follow follow them
follow follow follow them
every body follow them

Do little motion 123
Do little motion 123
Do little motion 123
every body follow us
follow follow follow us
follow follow follow us
follow follow follow us
every body follow us

Friday, April 12, 2013


From April 2nd - 8th, 2013. Jepara English Teacher had an interesting opportunity to be an English Teacher Trainer at Tanjung Pinang, Kepulauan Riau Province. This is the second opportunity as Teacher Trainer outside Central Java province, after Jepara English Teacher's experience as Teacher Trainer at Pangkal Pinang Bangka Belitung Province in September 22nd, 2012. This time is very special because Jepara English Teacher met many professional and very eager English Teachers.
On this training, Jepara English Teacher shared our knowledge and idea on teaching listening, speaking, reading, and writing. Jepara English Teacher and the participants also discussed on how to create teaching aid (alat bantu pembelajaran) from very conventional and traditional one into IT Based teaching aid.
Jepara English Teacher would like to say his best gratitude to all participants for their cooperation.
Here are the picture of our activity. 


Dear Teachers and Lecturers, The 10th National JETA Conference and Workshop is going to be held in Sarjanawiyata Tamansiswa University of Yogyakarta on June 19 & 20. 2013. Please read the leaflet below for more detail. It would be better if you open and print the leaflet. We are waiting for your paper and participation
Hurry up and sign up for the conference.
Check out at JETA Website.


Dear English Teachers. The 60th TEFLIN International Conference is coming this year. It will be held in 27 - 29 August 2013 at Faculty of Humanities, University of Indonesia. The theme of this conference is Achieving International Standards in Teacher Education.
Hurry up and sign up for the conference.
Check out at TEFLIN Website.

Sunday, October 28, 2012

Trace Effects 3D Game online

Trace Effects is 3D immersive, interactive adventure Game Online for learning English. This game is published and produced by US Department of State. It can be used as a supplementary tool to support learning objectives and engage students in communicative language practice and production and more. This online game is going be announced by the end of 2012.

The game trace effect is made by the “U.S department of state” and it was made to teach English to students all around the world. The concept of trying to teach students by letting them play a game is in my opinion great. In the modern society we live in we need to think outside the box and thing new. Sitting in a classroom listening to a teacher is not thinking outside the box. Listening to a teacher is something we have done in years so I really want to give some credits to the U.S department of state for being creative. The only problem that I faced was playing the game. The game itself did actually have a good concept/story, but the play style, graphics and the English used in the game isn’t really good. From my own experience I would say that I learn much more English from games like Farcry, Skyrim and pretty much all other online games because these types of games are fun to play.

The English used in the game is also too easy for the age group 12-16 which is the age the game is made for. Trace effect is just about running around trying to find different objects/persons which I personally don’t find any interest in. So my conclusion of the game is that it might  work out as a English teaching program for little kids at the age of 6-10 and not for the age 12-16. One thing people should not forget is that gaming can be very fun and teach full as long as it is interesting to play. The loading screen also took quite some time to get by which would probably mislead other people or make them bored, which equals to them clicking away from website.

Here is the link to the website:

Keep in touch with this game through following this link.