|Mantri Caino software display. (Photo: Mirza / PR)|
Mathematics for some people was one of the subjects that were difficult and needed the patience to master it. Answering this challenge, Riska Nur Rohmah, Westi Ayu Maulida Permata Sari and Dimas Galih Dwi Pangasta, students of Mathematics Education Department at the University of Muhammadiyah Malang (UMM) initiated instructional Media based on computer software.
Riska and her two friends used the Computer Assisted Instruction (CAI) method for the learning media and were given the name Mantri Caino. The name Mantri Caino itself came from Mantri, which was a cure which had the purpose to overcome the crisis of cultural knowledge in Indonesia. Caino was taken from the CAI method and No was taken from Ethno.
This learning media was intended for 7th-grade students of junior high school (SMP). Caino Mantri had content varies. Starting from core competencies, basic competencies and indicators of achievement. Then the Caino Mantri was also equipped with usage instructions to facilitate the students. "We also applied the 2013 curriculum to the Caino Mantri," Riska explained, Tuesday (28/5).
In addition, there were also drill and practice features based ethno mathematics that can help students learn and better understand material concepts through local and national culture. Like showing the culture, customs and history of Indonesia. Through this feature, they tried to eliminate the stigma that mathematics was an annoying lesson. One way was to embed a game.
Innovations created in the framework of the preparation of the Student Creativity Program (PKM) had been tried out to students who take part in the tutoring program. "They are happy and feel easier to understand mathematics," said Dimas Galih. Besides learning mathematics, continued Galih, it can also broaden general insights such as history and culture.
To introduce Mantri Caino in more detail, a student-guided by Agung Deddiliawan Ismail, M.Pd. had been published through the website mantricaino.weebly.com and Instagram @mantricaino. In the future, Riska and her friends hoped to get a good response from the community and qualify for the National Student Scientific Week (PIMNAS). (Win)