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Certificate of Commendation for the Teacher and Teacher Educator Category

Student Peer Teaching Strategy
Debbie Tee-Hwa Tan, SMK Seksyen 5, Wangsa Maju, Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia

Following the tenet that to teach is to learn twice, the Student Peer Teaching Strategy (SPTS) initiated in a secondary school, SMK Seksyen 5, Wangsa Maju, Malaysia, enabled teams of students to prepare electronic instructional materials using ICT tools and resources, and then used the materials for teaching their peers, junior classes and interested educators under the mentorship of their teachers. The lessons included pictures of students themselves carrying out experiments and activities, Java applets, edited clips of scientific movies, songs and examination questions and answer slides, and media to explain the concepts being taught. In taking on the role of a teacher, these students learned many soft skills, e.g., how to highlight academic concepts with relevant ICT media, to work as a team, to communicate effectively, and to question and answer appropriately.

The project was aimed at O-level Science students (aged 16 years old), teachers and Asia-Pacific countries through the launch of the SPTS website http://ceupromed.ucol.mx/sptss by the University of Colima, Mexico in 2005 under the Asia-Pacific Learning Community of Builders (ALCoB).

Aimed at maximizing holistic learning through edutainment before, during and after the lessons, the e-lessons and training accessible through the school's websites, videos and books were instrumental in contributing to learning opportunities anytime and anywhere. The student-centred approach raised the percentage of students who achieved more than 5As in their O-level examinations. Another indicator for the success of the project was the enjoyment and signs of comprehension witnessed on the students' faces when they were taught by their peers.