"Education is not the filling of the pail, but the lighting of a fire".
- William Butler Years
21st Century Citizen (21st CC) Technology is constantly changing the educational landscape, transforming how teaching and learning are done. With the focus on 21st Century Skills rather than rote learning is a major educational goal for the world as to prepare the students for jobs that have yet to appear. It is also essential to engage the students in life skills as these skills will allow them to be creative, self-motivated and collaborative.
Support for Learning and Digital Media Our ICT vision is to support students in their learning through ICT to allow better engagement and effective learning to take place. This vision is aligned to the 21st CC and the Master Plan 4 as laid out by the Ministry of Education. For the past few years, students are trained in the area of digital media, focusing on the use of photography, videography and Web 2.0 tools during ICT lessons. Some of the works produced are stop motion videos, poster, photo exhibition, creation of Electronic portfolios. Students also use a variety of Web 2.0 tools like Google apps to research and create presentations with their friends, promoting self-directed learning and collaborative learning in other subject areas like English, Science and Art.
The initiatives have enable more students and teachers to be engaged in the use of ICT to promote Self-Directed and Collaborative Learning. One of the key observations made over the two years is how the active and relevant use of ICT are able to engage students, especially those in the Normal Academic stream. These students have consistently exhibited better learning engagement and shown great creative talent when ICT is used in a relevant and authentic teaching and learning environment.
Implementing 1:1 Programme To enable our students to have easy access to ICT for teaching and learning purposes, the 1-to-1 Programme implemented by the school is based on the Bring Your Own Device (BYOD) approach. Each Sec 1 student will be required to bring his/her own computing device to school (tablet or smartphone is accepted) for planned lessons and use the device in the classrooms.
Students are expected to use their computing devices to access and work on content from online websites such as Google Classroom, Google Docs, YouTube, MOE Student Learning Space (SLS) and other educational websites.
These lessons aim to provide a variety of learning experiences for students such as promoting Engaged learning, Assessment for learning and Self-directed learning.
For the new Sec 1 students, they would be taught how to connect their devices to the school’s wireless network during one of the weekly IT lessons in Jan.