School, students ready for e-learning challenges

James Kon

With the Ministry of Education (MoE) announcement that schools nationwide will utilise e-learning in the start of the second school term from today, Chung Hwa Middle School, Bandar Seri Begawan (CHMS BSB) deployed its remote learning plans for the school on its e-learning platform.

CHMS BSB, being a pioneer in harnessing ICT integrated teaching and learning, planned to adopt remote learning sessions enabled by various learning tools. Being a Microsoft Showcase School, the school is equipped to conduct safer virtual classrooms through Microsoft Teams, Skype followed by other related activities.

“This decision has not been made lightly, and we recognise the hardship and challenges that schools will pose to students, parents, faculty and staff,” Principal Kho Guik Lan said. “However, we stand by the MoE’s decision and are eager to support their judgement as the health and safety of our school community is our priority. Over the coming weeks, we will continue to provide updates as new information becomes obtainable.”

CHMS BSB students from kindergarten to Year 6 will use various innovative approaches to maintain online learning. Students will be provided with latest information regarding tasks, homework and online instructional materials through ClassDojo.

Principal Kho said the material provided by teachers “seek to continue to engage students’ minds and provide an opportunity for continued learning”. Teachers will be available by email, phone and online during remote learning to provide support at this unprecedented hour.

Secondary School students will continue to use their current online platform Microsoft Teams. Students are assigned to their Class Teams at the beginning of the year. Secondary school teachers will be including assignments, video lessons, host virtual classrooms and quizzes through this medium. Teachers will monitor students’ participation and commitment. They will regularly check in with students, provide feedback and help with questions and concerns from students and parents.

CHMS BSB is equipped with a digitally skilled workforce to meet the current situation. Today, teachers are incorporating educational technology that has never been used on this scale while also dealing with the limitations of Internet access in some homes. Help desks are in place to help parents and students with remote learning questions.