Developing Self-Directed and Collaborative Learners
“We are going to go to the Computer Lab today!” It is the students’ weekly lesson in the computer lab and they got ready excitedly. Teachers engage the students in blended learning whereby they have the opportunity to learn at their own pace and discover new knowledge. In addition, students extend their learning through collaboration with their peers and share ideas to gain new perspectives in online activities. As learning can take place anytime and anywhere, students are able to access the learning materials from home too.
Effectiveness of ICT-based lessons
“ICT tools have value added students’ learning because it help to make our lessons more interactive and engaging. They are able to explore new concepts and discuss with their peers. In addition, we could leverage on the power of technology to provide instant feedback to our students and help them learn better. It also help us to adapt our lessons and strategies to better support our students in learning” These are some of the thoughts expressed by our teachers.
Our teachers further harnessed the affordances of technology to engage students in their learning through the use of Video Conferencing tools during the Full Home-Based Learning. It provided students with an opportunity to meet their teachers and peers, raise questions and build on their knowledge through the online discussions. Some of the activities included consultation sessions or activities and quizzes to extend students’ knowledge.
Students shared that they were very happy to see their teachers and peers online and learn from one another. “The Zoom lesson was an extension to what my students had learnt from the lesson in Student Learning Space. The students drew the shapes that they had learnt from the lesson, applied and extended knowledge gleaned by using Mathematical language to describe them. This provided me with feedback on my students’ level of understanding and ability to apply knowledge in a context,” said Mrs Tay, a Primary 1 Math teacher.
Click here to read about a Video Conferencing session for a Science Lesson.
Click here to read about a Zoom Day for our students.
Building up ICT skills proficiency
In order for students to be confident in harnessing technology for learning, they acquire ICT skills through an enrichment programme. The skills are aligned to the MOE ICT Baseline standards and are integrated into the curriculum. Our Primary 1 students are introduced to PC Literacy and touch-typing so as to build up their mastery of navigation in the cyber world. At Primary 2, students apply their touch typing skills and write a short story using Microsoft Word. Introducing presentation skills to our Primary 3 students, they learn how to describe shapes around them through Microsoft Powerpoint. At Primary 4, students apply Mathematical concepts through a budget planning activity using Microsoft Excel.
Values in Real and Cyber World
There is no difference in the way students interact in the real and cyber world. Technology has advanced greatly where communications and sharing of information is made possible through social media or a simple click of a button. It is important to equip our students with Cyberwellness values to develop them to be responsible and discerning users of technology. Topics such as online identity and expression, balanced use of ICT, netiquette, copyright, cyberbullying and cyber contacts are taught to students in a fun and engaging manner. Students learn about these topics through interactive talks, ICT enrichment, Young Photographers, games and activities during recess. As the technology landscape progresses rapidly, it is important to educate our students to make responsible choices online. In Term 1 2020, our students applied their knowledge through a quiz on the type of information to be shared online. They also learnt more about the difference between personal and private information.
Students expressed their thoughts:
“I pledge to use kind words to my friends online, just like how I speak to them in the real world.”
“I pledge that I will credit the source of my information in my project work.”
“I pledge that I will create a timetable so as to manage my time online.”