CHUNG Hwa Middle School (CHMS) Bandar Seri Begawan (BSB) has marked another milestone by attaining the “Showcase School 2014-2015” Award from Microsoft in Education, making the trilingual school part of an elite community of 150 Showcase Schools across 75 countries.
“It’s a dream come true moment for CHMS BSB,” said Kho Guik Lan, the Principal of CHMS BSB, who attributed the success of attaining such a global recognition to the hard work of the school’s teachers and tools from Microsoft, which has made imparting quality education more effective.
According to her, Microsoft has enabled the school to come up with innovative ways in teaching and learning methodology.
“Being selected as a Microsoft Showcase School is an amazing honour and recognition,” said the principal, adding that this would give more motivation to the school’s teachers and staff to create the best learning environment for their students.
The transition initiated by computer technology is commendable, as it has transformed today’s classrooms. Cloud computing, webinars (web-based seminars) and apps have inspired educators to be experiential, giving them leverage to harness technology in conducting classes.
In this regard, the principal of CHMS BSB thanked Microsoft for being a forerunner in recognising schools that are committed in transforming their classrooms. “We look forward to sharing our experiences with other schools in our community and the world, and we are keen to discover innovative ways to equip our students with proper life skills,” she added.
The advancement of technology is evident in all departments of CHMS BSB. Furthermore, students are encouraged to get creative with technology, interactive software packages and web-based sources. Interactive Smartboard activities created by teachers are also used to motivate and engage pupils during lessons. Aside from tools from PIL Network, teachers from CHMS BSB also utilise Microsoft tools such as Office, Office 365, One Drive, One Note, Office Mix and Yammer.
As a Showcase School, CHMS BSB said it will be working closely with Microsoft to lead innovation in education and communicate a vision for education enabled by technology through the hosting and mentoring of other schools in the community on transformational educational practices.
“Microsoft Showcase Schools are inspiring examples of how schools are using mobile-first, cloud-first technology to increase students’ productivity and develop the skills needed in the workplace,” said Anthony Salcito, Vice President of Worldwide Education, Microsoft Corp. “With an innovative use of technology, these schools are transforming learning environments and delivering more personalised education to students, allowing them to do more and achieve more.”
According to CHMS BSB, digital learning at the school “reached its near best” when their students start to win more ICT-related competitions – from BICTA to APICTA to Olympiads, etc. At CHMS BSB, Primary and Lower Secondary students use Kodu, a game-based learning software created by Microsoft, to make the learning process more interesting.
The school is also proud of their Microsoft Innovative Expert Educators 2014 Tan Been Tiem and Kalpana Kishorekumar who represented Brunei Darussalam at the Global Forum 2014, which was conducted by Microsoft in Education at Barcelona, Spain last March 11–14.