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Singapore’s 21st-Century Teaching Strategies (Education Everywhere Series)

I think it is important to make school fun and when school is fun you don’t get kids waking up in the morning and say oh do I have to come to school again so we embrace technology because it helps us make learning more engaging I believe that when kids are engaged when kids are interested that’s where learning takes place the kids are really from a very different world now I really to reach out to the kids you need to be savvy with technology if you are not savvy with technology you’re going to lose the kids in the school pick up top 20 questions neon secondary school is a typical school in Singapore where we take in students with different academic abilities and we have about 1500 and 12 students in this school and in the all come from the neighborhood we get students from the age of 13 to about 16 many students want to come to this school because of its strong program especially in the use of ICT infocomm technology and the teachers here are known to produce very good teaching materials and very innovative teaching ideas to engage the students in the classrooms in the early 1990s the teachers really are the monopoly of knowledge and they are the one that comes to class to deliver that knowledge so that the students can acquire them but today knowledge is no more a monopoly amanda teachers because students can get knowledge from a myriad of sources and hence the role of the teacher today is facilitation you know that means facility students where they could get the right knowledge how they could synthesize them how they could discern the information that they get Velocity’s defines the rate of change of distance of time is it true or false so I want you to tweet me answer so this is how your tweet this is a formatted in between so you put in at sign vote by tweet one we look at technology very meaningful and we see how can we leverage this technology to make a very significant impact in the classroom instruction I’ll give you an example in a classroom of 40 it is really impossible to get 40 students to ask 40 questions at one goal when we use the instant messaging tool we open 40 windows 240 kids they could ask 40 questions at the same time and a teacher could see they are thinking on on the technology – that they use and kids get more excited because they are using the tools that they are very very good in using not just a pen and pencil okay so same thing we will have a two student so every time you know if you have any issues with the terminals raise your hand to me okay oh let’s go what the students are doing is they’re currently exploring this Second Life art gallery which the square set up okay and the works that are shown in this gallery is actually made up of our local works that been done by local artists because of all the online platform is very very useful because it’s something that really engages the students there will be chatter by another okay about the works using the LMS of our principles of design as well as reading other students comments as well if they like to they can actually leave notes for other students web world with wiki with your Facebook your blocks you find that that it’s a very participatory culture it calls for a lot of collaboration they no longer become just a consumer of knowledge they actually produce knowledge what are the important things that you have discovered so far the nature no tendency I find that students themselves are often on Facebook so instead of looking at them that look at Facebook as a distraction I would rather use it to engage them they even like when they’re stuck with certain question they post out the question to the class and you see responses and they are learning from each other which I think it’s better because there’s more motivation intrinsic motivation for them to learn rather than famil okay I tell you to do this and let’s hope you come back I would say that the teachers in this school myself included we we scan the globe for best practices we are in the process of watching a model lesson that’s being run by my colleague here and the whole process of us watching the lesson is to gain some kind of points from her lesson and also to provide our feedback we discuss it to come up with a better lesson because definitely learning grows with sharing and communication and there’s definitely in scope for improvement for any lesson all right first of all I understand that the purpose of this skype session we want to confirm the suitability of the pretest is this the common agenda that we have yes your comment that’s right yeah it might be we think about it if we give it to the children and some of them might actually come up with the idea of the speaker’s slide there’s always something new to learn you’re never at a standstill you’re always moving ahead pushing boundaries trying to discover new things new ways of teaching so it’s exciting because even if the pedagogy sound there’s always a technology that’s always challenging us and we always have to find new ways to connect with the kids and to challenge them so I think we do look at how the world has changed and teaching cannot stay stagnant so the teachers recognize the fact that they cannot teach the same way they were taught 1020 years ago that they have to be very adaptive in their methods and when they do that well they know they are going to engage the kids and when you engage the kids that is where real learning takes place

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