The use of technology, especially of Microsoft-developed ones, has entered various sectors of life, including education. The 21st-century learning system focuses on developing the student’s abilities in communication, collaboration, computing, so technology-based critical and creative mindsets can be developed in the newer generations.
The presence of the century’s current learning system is still a challenge for teachers who are not familiar with any form of technology. Data shows the percentage of the usage of technology in the Indonesian world of education is still within the 20% range.
The Microsoft Innovative Expert Educators Program: What is It?
Microsoft tries to help these teachers jump over hurdles of the digital era so they can continue to motivate and inspire their students. As a result, the software company from the United States decided to hold a Microsoft Innovative Expert Educators (MIEE) program back in 2016.
This program claims to enable selected teachers from all over the world to become ambassadors and share knowledge with fellow teachers about the use of technology in teaching. Globally, Microsoft has also made Microsoft Educator Community a place for teachers not only from Indonesia, but also all over the world. Teachers from different countries joined the event in hopes to learn more about how technology can be used in school.
“Microsoft supports technology-based education by providing educational programs for students and teachers. We believe technology can expand the power of education and develop the potential of students, teachers, and schools,” said Benny Kusuma, the Education Lead of Microsoft Indonesia.
Benny further added that since 2012, more than 60 teachers in Indonesia have joined MIEE. Microsoft hopes that in the future this program can reach more teaching staff so that the quality of teaching staff in Indonesia can be better and have an impact on better quality Indonesian education.
Highlighting Technology in the Current Indonesian Teaching System
Commemorating the 2016 National Education Day on the 2nd of May, Microsoft Indonesia showcases three innovative teachers from the suburban area, Eko Purwanto, a teacher at SD Wonokerto Magelang, and Betty Sekarasih Hadi Yani and Endah Susanti, who are both SMAN 2 Playen Gunung Kidul teachers.
Eko Purwanto successfully used Skype to provide historical material about the Borobudur Temple to his students, while Betty and Hadi Yani and Endah Susanto used e-rapport to facilitate the process of entering and analyzing student grades.
Even though they don’t come from urban areas, these three teachers managed to penetrate infrastructure problems to be an inspiring example of how Indonesian teachers can use technology in building more interactive teaching and learning systems.