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EDUCATION

TECHNOLOGY IN
SINGAPORE
Singapore on Technology

Ministry Of Education

Role of the Singapore Teacher

Technology Impacted Curriculum


Design In Singapore
Singapore's education
institutions are
considered among the
most advanced in the
world with regard to
information technology.

Singapore's Information
Technology Plan
Singapore has been faithfully
implementing a master plan since
1997 for integrating technology
into education.

Masterplan 1

Masterplan 2

Masterplan 3

NOW
Master plan One :
(1997-2002) started out
by aiming to allow
students to have
computer usage for 30
percent of their
curriculum time in fully
networked schools and
at a computer to pupil
ratio of 1:2.
Masterplan Two
(2002-2008) moved
beyond the provision of
Information and
Communication
Technologies (ICT)
resources to encourage
teachers to use ICT
profitably in teaching
and learning.
Masterplan Three (2009-
2014) builds on the
platform laid by the first
two Masterplans to
transform the learning
environments of the
students through ICT and
equip the students with the
critical competencies to
succeed in a knowledge
economy.
Currently, one could expect
wireless internet
connectivity in the school
compound and at least a
computer with projection
equipment in the classroom.
But most teachers and
students have their own
laptops or other mobile ICT
devices.
Singapore's Ministry of
Education (MOE) continues
to support its public school
system with Information
and Communication
Technologies (ICT).
In the future, all
Singapore schools will
be connected to the
Next Generation
Broadband Network
(NGBN), which will
provide ultra-high speed
wireless connectivity.
Singapore use strategy of
exposing our teachers to
the technological
possibilities and supporting
them in exploring new
pedagogies with
technology.
The focus is not on
technology. It is on using
technology to enhance
teaching and learning.
Examples of Strategy:

1. EduLab Showcase

2. Classroom of the Future


Showcase
Teachers have to help students
make sense of this large volume
of information and to
differentiate good information
from potential misinformation.
Teachers have to facilitate
student discourse in the e-
discussion forums and lead
students in creating actual usable
knowledge.
These learning activities require a
high level of facilitative and
synthesizing skills.
Contact hours become more valuable
and should be focused on higher
order thinking and learning, instead
of information transmission.
Teachers are encouraged to be
change agents of educational
processes, so that new technologies
may be harnessed for educational
purposes.
Senior teachers also play the role of
mentors to beginning teachers in the
effective use of ICT in their respective
disciplines and to champion
appropriate change.
In Singapore, one of the main
impacts of technology is a shift in
the mindset of educators to
discover how curriculum and the
teaching environment can become
more learner-centered through the
enabling of ICT.
Instead of always relying on the
traditional curriculum, we now
have more experiments with
modular approaches, flipped
classrooms and learning content
beyond the shores of Singapore.
One of the advantages of ICT is
that it can expand access to
education.
Through ICT, students can
access online course materials
anytime and anywhere,
learning at their own pace.
E-discussion forums allow many
students to discuss learning
content at the same time.
Video clips, audio sounds and
graphical presentation bring
content to life.