Intel Helps Indonesian Teachers Transform Learning

The Intel® Teach program is helping Indonesian teachers transform learning for all students.

Indonesia has a bold new education curriculum designed to prepare its young people for success in the digital economy.

But geography—specifically the fact that the country is spread across an estimated 17,500 islands—has made implementation of that plan difficult. See how Intel is helping Indonesian teachers transform learning for students in even the most remote locations.

We can influence and change teachers’ mindset on teaching and learning, which will eventually affect students and Indonesian education as a whole.

Access to information and communications technology (ICT) in schools helps students acquire the skills they need for higher education and careers in the global economy. Recognizing this, Indonesia’s Ministry of Education adopted a new national curriculum in 2013, requiring that the country’s 3.7 million teachers integrate ICT skills development into all subjects they teach.

Actual implementation of the curriculum has proven difficult, however. Indonesia is a nation of 17,500 islands that stretch over 1,000 miles from north to south and 3,100 miles from east to west. It has been challenging to provide teachers scattered across remote locations with the training they need to effectively merge technology into their lesson plans.  

To help remedy the situation, in 2014, Intel collaborated with TELKOM Indonesia, a government-owned telecommunications company, and the Indonesia Teachers Association to train 15,000 master teachers in 69 cities across Indonesia. The teachers completed Intel® Teach program curriculum, which is designed to help K-12 educators integrate technology into their lesson plans to engage students and help them acquire the critical thinking, problem-solving, and collaboration skills they need to succeed in the digital world. Following the Intel Teach “train the trainer” model, those master teachers, in turn, have been sharing their newly acquired knowledge with thousands more teachers.

Fathur Rachim, who previously taught ICT as a separate subject at a state high school in Samarinda, East Borneo, Indonesia, is one of the master teachers trained through Intel Teach. Ironically, despite his ICT expertise, his job was in jeopardy with the arrival of the country’s new curriculum because his dedicated ICT classes were to be eliminated when ICT skills development was integrated into other subjects.

Through Intel Teach, Rachim acquired knowledge that has enabled him to have a much bigger impact on students across Indonesia. Now, he says, he and other master teachers are training thousands of other educators not only to use technology as a tool, “but also how to implement project-based learning, assessment in 21st century learning, and digital learning fundamentals.” In 2015 alone, Rachim and other master teachers are expected to train teachers who will transform learning for over 1 million students.

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