To flatten the access to national education system following the Globalization 3.0, we need a system where we can share education knowledge in the form of online collaborative education encyclopedia. Its content characters are different from Wikipedia but it uses same engine. Based on those requirements, an online collaborative education encyclopedia is designed and dedicated to the education world. It provides resources for all levels, starting from Elementary School to University level, with the name Crayonpedia [see: www.crayonpedia.org]. The name was given by H. Budhiana (PR Assistant Chief of Director), which is a combination of two syllables, “Crayon” from Create Your Open Education Content and “pedia” or encyclopedia. The combination of these two syllables symbolizes a place where we can create and provide open education content (Open Education Content Authoring & Presenting). Crayonpedia is designed by educators and ICT developers who reside in Bandung. The result of this design collection is projected to be the solution or the answer in flattening access to the education system in this country. It also builds “Zeitgeist” curriculum or curriculum that can adapt to the spirit and advanced era. Sharing of knowledge in cyber world can be described as drinking from water spraying from the fire hydrant. It can drown anybody with the search engine results or online encyclopedia. Research in UC Berkeley states that up to 2002, people has created around 5 Exabyte data that can be uploaded. If we were to use papers, that number is equivalent to 500.000 United States Congress library every year.
To drink this water proportionally, Crayonpedia provides staging solution that is categorized based on ages or education level. Thus, feeding and transforming knowledge can be synchronized with their intelligence and maturity. Using Crayonpedia, students, teacher and community can collaborate in organizing curriculum materials and sharing experiences in organizing education system. Thus, constructivism principle in education practice will get on going. Constructivism sees knowledge as an object that cannot be transferred that easy from one person to another, but instead, it must be interpreted by that person himself. Crayonpedia accelerates constructivism with a principle that students are not the only one who learns, but teachers are also motivated to continue learning, including learning from his own student. Crayonpedia, which suits the education curriculum anatomy, can be used as a tool in teaching and learning process in daily classes. To build “Zeitgeist” curriculum in this country, because of its characters that can support multi-curriculum and multi-programs, Crayonpedia can act as a forum for discussing and comparing curriculum from many countries. Thus, strong points of curriculum from more advanced countries can be adopted by teachers in this country. Teachers need to broaden their knowledge of other countries’ curriculum which has overcome Globalization 3.0, for example: India, China, South Korea, Japan and others. India for example, it already has same education quality with United States, turns out that physical infrastructure is not the main factor. The main factors are teachers quality, curriculum adaptation, right methodology, books resources and good ICT access. In addition, college education level in India is relatively cheap. For example, to get a social master degree, a person only needs 30 thousand rupees (approximately Rp 6 million) per year, getting a certificate or diploma which is accredited globally. This is possible, considering the education process in India has already been very efficient, because of widely used e-Education. Same goes with Japan, curriculum are organized by Curriculum Committee which consists of assistant from Teacher Union, education experts, assistant from industry community, and assistant from education ministry. This committee is responsible for studying Kyouiku Kikonhou or Japan education curriculum, and adjusting the curriculum to any development in outside and inside of the country.
To overcome the Globalization 3.0, uploading culture is needed from the whole country. Crayonpedia triggers and opens the opportunity for the teacher entity and other education practices to upload their material into curriculum content (KTSP for example) which has been organized systematically. Those materials created by teachers, can then be used as cumulative value component for professional level requirement. In addition, government and private entity can also provide incentive, rewards for example, for those teachers who has contributed or uploaded their materials. Google for example, it plans to give rewards to whoever contributes into the online encyclopedia project, named Knol. Motivating the upload culture in teachers community are much more significant comparing to purchasing copyrighted school books program with millions rupiah budget. If we use this budget to socialize the upload culture through Crayonpedia media, there will be much more teachers involved.
Same as Wikipedia, who by the end of 2007 gets 3 million visits per month and has becoming the most visited reference site. Crayonpedia is equipped with the “Edit This Page” button, so that everyone can add content to that page easily. It also provides following capabilities: browse class material/article status, view every changes and discuss problems. In addition, it also serves as software for engaging in social network. Crayonpedia has editorial principle with NPOV (Neutral Point of View) characters, which means having neutral point of view or being independent. This principle is imposed so that articles, ideas and facts presentation are creating varieties. If polemic were to happen, people who agree or disagree can accept it with open arms. Crayonpedia will be continuously developed so that it can provide an education dictionary and thesaurus feature, like Wikionary (Crayonary). In addition, it will also provide textbooks features, online quotes and digital education manual, like Wikibooks (Crayonbooks) and Wikiquote (Crayonquote). Integration technology ‘Text to Speech’ in Indonesian, which is owned by co-founder of Crayonpedia, is being prepared. This will help the disabled people during learning process. And to spice it up, Crayonpedia also provides latest education news from this country and strategic ideas about collaborated education result. (*)
Board of Directors
SALMAN ITB BUSINESS CENTER, 2-nd Floor
Jl. Gelap Nyawang No.4. Bandung 40132 INDONESIA
Telp. +62-22-2534305, +62-22-2534306 Fax. . +62-22-2534307
Website : www.crayonpedia.org
Secretary & Vice Secretary :
Ir. Agung Yuwono, MT & Ir. Syahrizal
Marketing, Funding, & Community Development :
Ir. Syamril, Ir. Syarif Hidayat, MT, Ir. Totok Siswantara
Business Development dan Content Management :
Yayang Harley, BSc, Y. Budianto, S. Sos, & Toni Syarif