Singapore ict in Education

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Singapore ICT in Education:


  • Major MOE Singapore ICT Programmes

  • Other Key Influencers of ICT in Education

  • ASKnLearn Involvement

  • Singapore’s ICT in Education Industry

  • Challenges Schools Faced

  • Examples of Innovation in Schools’ ICT

About ASKnLearn

  • Servicing over 180 schools in Singapore

  • Member of Educomp Group which caters to 11 million learners in over 21,000 schools in Asia & North America

  • Was portfolio company of NUS & NP (2000-2007)

  • Largest IT Training Provider in Singapore

  • Major E-Learning provider to Singapore Schools

  • E-Learning solution for all higher learning institutions in Brunei

  • Microsoft & Adobe’s InfoComm Club Training Partner

  • IT Partner for PEARSON South Asia

  • Red Herring Asia 100 Finalist in 2005-6

  • Deloitte Technology Award 2006, 2008

MOE Singapore ICT Programmes Since 1997

Singapore School Landscape

  • 360+ primary and schools and junior colleges

    • Typical size of 1,200 – 1,600 per school
    • 11 Integrated Programme (IP) schools (no O levels)
    • Mostly Cambridge exams, some IB, NUS dip
  • 500,000 students, 30,000 teachers

  • 30+ international schools, few private schools for Singaporeans

MOE ICT Journey

  • Masterplan I – 1997 – 2002

  • Building IT infrastructure

    • Min 2 MB internet for all schools
    • Intranet file servers
    • Standard LMS (pilot project)
  • Standard resources for all schools

  • Providing ready IT resources to schools

    • Standard multimedia resources
  • Use IT to support existing curriculum, providing teacher-centred education

    • Teacher training, conferences

Some ICT MP1 Key Programmes

  • Large scale infrastructure set-up in phases, teacher laptop purchase scheme

  • Large scale Ed software procurement scheme (mostly CD-ROMs from overseas)

  • Large-scale ICT training for teachers

  • School Industry Partnership Scheme (SCHIPS) - creation of tailored programmes for students

  • Partnered Economic Development Board to encourage local content development (iLIUP)

  • School Digital Media Repository (DMR)

  • Demo IT schools

  • Data loggers for all schools

At End of IT MP1 (2002)

  • Achieved basic IT / Internet skills for most teachers

  • Reasonably good IT network for all schools

  • Abandoned single LMS in favour of user autonomy

  • About 40-50% schools using LMS. Schools want ready content

  • Encouraging results from some schools experimenting with new ideas in ICT and e-learning

Masterplan II – 2003 - 2008

  • Masterplan II – 2003 - 2008

    • Flexible infrastruture (autonomy by schools)
    • Integration of technology at planning phase of curriculum design
    • Resources for teachers to build customised lessons using reusable lessons and learning objects
    • Student-centred and ability-centred learning

Some ICT MP2 Key Programmes

  • Baseline ICT standards: BY(i)TES

  • Active competitions for students and teachers

  • LEAD ICT Schools

  • Emergency closure readiness – e-learning day simulations

  • Expanded role for HOD ICT

  • Education Technology Officers as advisors to clusters

  • Backpack .NET

  • Future Schools

  • (Teach Less, Learn More)

At End of IT MP2 (2008)

  • 100% schools use e-learning, all teachers expected to engage students with online learning

  • Teachers more comfortable with variety of ways of making own content, customised approaches to use of ICT

  • # schools on LEAD ICT, 6 schools selected as Future Schools

  • Close collaboration with InfoComm Development Authority

  • Active action research by schools and NIE

  • Fulfillment of content for schools by industry, low key by MOE

Masterplan III – 2009 - 2014

  • Masterplan III – 2009 - 2014

    • Strengthening integration of ICT into curriculum, pedagogy and assessment to enhance learning and develop competencies for the 21st century
    • Providing differentiated professional development that is more practiced-based and models how ICT can be effectively used to help students learn better
    • Improving the sharing of best practices and successful innovation
    • Enhancing ICT provisions to schools to support the implementation of masterplan 3

Anticipated ICT MP3 Key Programmes

  • More experimentation with one-to-one computing

  • Continuation of MPII: future schools, emergency school closure preparedness

  • Improved bandwidth (Next Generation Broadband Network) and infrastructure

  • Active links with NIE and other institutions for research in ICT in Education, conferences

  • More active provision of content by MOE

  • Unknowns:

    • Centralised vs independent LMS?
    • Centralised vs independent core content provision?

Other Key Influencers

  • IDA (Since 2000)

    • FastTrack@School Broadband Ed (2000-2002)
    • Project Work consortium (2003)
    • Backpack .NET (2004-2007)
    • InfoComm Club for 250 schools (2007-2011)
    • Future School (2008-2014)
  • EDB (1997-2003)

    • iLIUP

ASKnLearn’s Involvement

  • All IDA initiatives

  • Currently providing e-learning for 35% schools (>50% sec schools)

  • Supplied content for MOE VITAL (staff training portal), development of content for MOE Science and Geography

  • Largest supplier of full-time ICT Educators and ICT Executives to schools (100)

Industry Evolution (I)

  • Pre-ICT Masterplan (Stone Age)

    • Ednovation (pre-school multimedia content), Times, SNP, Daiichi Multimedia producing limited range of content
    • Then-NCB (now IDA) Student-Teacher-Workbench (pre-Internet content delivery)
    • Small-time ICT training providers to schools

Industry Evolution (II)

  • ICT Masterplan 1 (Bronze Age)

    • Horizon Educom (SCHIPS, Data loggers)
    • Ednovation (School DMR)
    • Boom of local content developers supplying to MOE: MoreatOnce (former Daiichi Multimedia), IT21, EDN Media (Malay), A-Star Interactive (Chinese)
    • Mushrooming of LMS providers (Postkids, IQMind, ASKnLearn, Litespeed, Wizlearn, etc) from dotcom boom (from 1999)
    • Mushrooming of ICT providers providing training (and often hardware) to students and teachers: Knowledge Village, ACP, Cyberland, Cybertech, Horizon

Industry Evolution (III)

  • ICT Masterplan 2 (Industrialised Age)

    • Disappearance of providers dependent on large MOE contracts (Horizon)
    • Disappearance of many dotcom companies
    • Convergence of content and LMS as school solution
    • Merger of Moreatonce, Times Multimedia, Ednovation school division into Learning Edvantage, with investment by Popular E-Learning
    • Merger of ASKnLearn and WizLearn
    • Listing of Litespeed on Msia Mesdaq. Declined towards end of MP2
    • Decline of pure ICT providers. Growth in companies providing e-learning with ICT trainers
    • Romance of 3 kingdoms (LEAD, ASKnLearn, Litespeed)
    • Backpack application specialist: Heulabs, network: iCell, Content tools: KooBits

What Shaped The Evolution?

  • Centralised vs Autonomy

    • New and small players thrive under autonomy
  • Active Experimentation

    • Initiated by IDA to spark local ICT industry
    • Caught on by MOE under MP2
  • SARS -> Serious use of e-learning

Challenges For Schools

  • Teachers not used to process of content / product development

  • HOD IT becoming IT managers

  • Understanding how to use ICT effectively for teaching & learning

  • Rapid technological changes

  • How to drive usage across the board (teachers, students)

  • Change of vendors => re-learning, content migration

Selected School ICT Showcase

  • Online Simulations

  • Learning Objects

  • Video Journalism

  • Games in learning

  • ePortfolio

  • eBooks

How Contents Are Used

  • Teacher-led learning in classroom

    • Simulations with Applets
    • Animation of Concepts
  • Students’ Independent Learning

    • Home-based learning days
    • Preparation for Tests / Examinations

Teachers’ Courseware

Use of EduBlog

  • Students reflection, e.g. literature review

  • Students’ personal pages & project work

  • Staff outreach to students Staff Blog / Student Blog

Game Builder – Teachers can create their Own Games easily!

Sample Games



Lessons Learnt

  • Creativity from autonomy, but wastage too

  • Authorities can push development of industry through speed marriages of driven schools with innovative companies. Seed ideas then support winners

  • How to support new role of HOD IT as IT manager?

  • What support needed for innovative e-learning and ICT use by teachers?

Thank you.

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