Edtech Snapshot: Singapore
9/6/2012 12:00:00 AM
Educational technology plays a huge role in
classrooms in Singapore. Singapore has
one of the best education systems in the
world, and students from their
public schools rate very highly globally
in science and mathematics. The
government encourages the adoption
of best practices in schools here and
serves as a catalyst for innovation in
schools. Classrooms in Singapore are
equipped with projectors, teachers
have a laptop each, and students have access to
lots of resources in information technology.
One example of edtech best practices is the
LEGO Education Mindstorms, which are set to
teach mathematics and science in the classroom.
For example, students have used the platform to
build robots that collect data about acceleration
and deceleration. Schools have also used this
platform to teach ratios. In addition to the
robotics programs, other popular technologies
include iPads, smartphones, and laptops.
Education is a top priority for the Singapore
government, and it ensures that schools in
Singapore receive the funding they need to
continually provide a superior education for their
students. Schools also have access to and can
submit proposals for various funds
set up by the Ministry of Education.
If the proposals are deemed worthy,
the schools are given grants to develop
innovations in education. Schools
that show good progress with their
programs are even given a “centre of
excellence” status within the school
cluster. These exemplary schools enjoy increased
funding to innovate in specific areas and share
their findings with other schools in the area.
Singapore, being a modern society, firmly
believes that technology provides students a strong
platform to enhance their educational experience.
Hozefa Aziz is the Chief Education Officer at
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