Building an automated system to track student progress
- Prize Category: Innovation
- Format: Immersive performance
- Country: Malaysia
- Languages: Streamed live in English with automated captions in Arabic, English, French, Portuguese, Spanish, Japanese, Filipino, Malay, Serbian and Hindi.
- Learn more about the Top Ten Shortlisted Schools in the Innovation category on the World’s Best School Prizes website.
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About the school
Sekolah Kebangsaan Kempadang, a primary school in Kuantan, Malaysia faced twin challenges in 2021. Not only did it have to contend with teaching and tracking student progress in the pandemic, the Ministry of Education’s decision to scrap the end-of-primary test known as UPSR in favour of ongoing, school-based assessment left it unable to access real-time student learning data from which it could inform lesson planning to support all students. Its innovative solution was to create SMARTZOOM, a fully automated tracking system that follows students’ progress in their studies.
SMARTZOOM uses data input on Google Sheets and Google Chrome as all Malaysian teachers have a designated Google account linked to the Ministry of Education. Using that data, staff were able to devise concrete and detailed lesson plans tailored to their specific class. Supporting teachers as well as Panel Heads were given training material in the form of YouTube videos and workshops that helped them with the transition.
The majority of the student population of Sekolah Kebangsaan Kempadang come from the bottom 40% of household incomes in Malaysia. Despite the vulnerability of its students, the school has invoked a strong faith in its ability to educate those who walk through its doors. Since it became a Trust School in 2015, its enrollment rate has increased by 6% or 7% every year.
Join us for an engaging performance on new methods of tracking student progress.
Moderator: Fatin Diana Zakaria
Diana has been teaching for 19 years and has been teaching in SK Kempadang for four years. She is the super user of Smartzoom since 2019. As a Head of Panel in school, she found out that Smartzoom is definitely a useful tool to gather data for school based reporting.
Speaker 1: Baharom Bujang
Baharom is a former principal for SK Kempadang. He’s been teaching for more than thirty years. His innovation, Smartzoom; a fully automated tracking system that follows pupils’ progress in their studies, has become a precious and valuable asset to the school. It was the best gift for the school before his retirement in March 2022.
Speaker 2: Zulkefli Jantan
Zulkefli has been teaching for eight years, is good at ICT and Robotics. In SK Kempadang, he has spread his wings to become the coordinator for Smartzoom as well as the coach for Robotics team. His passion towards technology is an advantage for him to become an excellent teacher.
Speaker 3: Naimah Mohamad Nor
Naimah, who has been teaching for more than ten years is a superuser of Smartzoom. She has a wide knowledge of Formative Assessment and Smartzoom really helps her a lot in gathering pupils’ data. The best thing about Smartzoom is that it makes her job as a teacher easier and enjoyable.