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  • >>Adrian: I think it is important to make school fun.

  • And when school is fun, you don't get kids waking up in the morning and saying,

  • "Do I have to come to school again?"

  • So we embrace technology, because it helps us make learning more engaging.

  • I believe that when kids are engaged, when kids are interested,

  • that's where learning takes place.

  • Ho: The kids are really from a very different world now.

  • And really to reach out to the kids, you need to be savvy with technology.

  • If you are not savvy with technology, you're going to lose the kids in the school.

  • >>Teacher: What you want to do right now is, okay,

  • think of the Socratic questions.

  • >>Adrian: Ngee Ann Secondary School is a typical school in Singapore where we take in students with different academic abilities,

  • and we have about 1,512 students in this school.

  • And they all come from the neighborhood.

  • We've got students from the age of 13 to about 16.

  • Many students want to come to this school because of its strong program,

  • especially in the use of IACT, Infocom Technology.

  • And the teachers here are known to produce very good teaching materials,

  • and very innovative teaching ideas to engage the students in the classrooms.

  • >>Lee: In the early 1990s, the teachers really are the monopoly on knowledge,

  • and they are the one that comes to the class to deliver that knowledge so that the students can acquire them.

  • But today, knowledge is no more a monopoly among the teachers.

  • Because students can get knowledge from a myriad of sources.

  • And hence, the role of the teacher today is facilitation.

  • That means facilitate students where they could get the right knowledge,

  • how they could synthesize things, how they could discern the information that they get.

  • >>Teacher: Velocity defines the rate of change of the sense of time.

  • Is it true or false?

  • So I want you to Tweet me answer.

  • So this is how you Tweet.

  • This is the format that you need to Tweet.

  • So you put in "at" sign, "votebytweet 1."

  • >>Adrian: We look at technology very meaningfully.

  • And we see how can we leverage this technology to make a very significant impact in the classroom instruction.

  • I'll give you an example.

  • In a classroom of 40, it is really impossible to get 40 students to ask 40 questions at one go.

  • When we use the instant messaging tool, we open 40 windows to 40 kids.

  • They could ask 40 questions at the same time,

  • and the teacher could see their thinking on the technology tool that they use.

  • And kids get more excited, because they are using the tools that they are very, very good in using.

  • Not just a pen and pencil.

  • >>Ben: Okay, so same thing, we will have two students at every terminal.

  • If you have any issues through the terminals, raise your hand, and I'll come to you.

  • Okay? All right, let's go.

  • >>Ben: What the students are doing, they are currently exploring this Second Life Art Gallery, which the school has set up.

  • And the works that are shown in this gallery is actually made up of local works.

  • They have been done by local artists.

  • Of course, of all the online platform is very, very useful because it's something that really engages the students.

  • They will be chatting with one another about the works using the elements, principles of design.

  • As well as reading other students comments as well.

  • If they want, too, they can actually leave notes for other students to read.

  • >>Student: [speaking foreign language]

  • >>Adrian: Web 2.0 with Wiki, with your Facebook, your blogs, you find that it's a very participatory culture.

  • It calls for a lot of collaboration.

  • They no longer become just a consumer of knowledge.

  • They actually produce knowledge.

  • >>Patricia: What is one of the things that you have discovered so far?

  • >>Student: The electron has a tendency to lose their actions.

  • >>Patricia: I find that students themselves are often on Facebook,

  • so instead of looking at Facebook as a distraction,

  • I would rather use it to engage them.

  • So even like when they're stuck with a certain question,

  • they post up the question to the class, and you see responses,

  • and they are learning from each other, which I think it's better,

  • because there's more interest and motivation for them to learn,

  • rather than, "Okay, I'll tell you to do this. And I'll tell you to do that."

  • >>Adrian: I would say that the teachers in this school, myself included,

  • we scan the globe for best practices.

  • >>Teacher: Now, all that URL, you will use the [inaudible].

  • Okay? Using that hook-up, I want you to see some of the things that will help you.

  • >>Deepa: We are in the process of watching a model lesson that's being run by my colleague here.

  • And her process of us watching the lesson is to gain some kind of points from her lesson,

  • and also to provide our feedback.

  • We discuss it to come up with a better lesson.

  • Because definitely learning grows with sharing and communication,

  • and there's definitely in school for improvement for any lesson.

  • >>Teacher: All right, first of all, I understand that the purpose of this Skype session,

  • we want to confirm the suitability of the pretest.

  • Is this the common agenda that we have?

  • >>Teacher: Yes, a common agenda, yeah.

  • >>Teacher: Yeah, that's right, yeah.

  • >>Teacher: It might be we can think about it is if we give it to the children as is,

  • some of them might actually come up with the idea of the steepness of the slide.

  • >>Muneira: There's always something new to learn. You're never at a standstill.

  • You're always moving ahead, pushing boundaries, trying to discover new things, new ways of teaching.

  • So it's exciting, because even if the pedagogy is sound,

  • there's always a technology that's always challenging us.

  • And we always have to find new ways to connect with the kids.

  • And to challenge them.

  • >>Adrian: So I think we do look at how the world has changed.

  • And teaching cannot stay stagnant.

  • So the teachers recognize the fact that they cannot teach the same way that they are taught ten/twenty years ago.

  • That they have to be very adaptive in their matters.

  • And when they do that well, they know they're going to engage the kids.

  • And when you engage the kids, that is where real learning takes place.

>>Adrian: I think it is important to make school fun.

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Singapore's 21st-Century Teaching Strategies (Education Everywhere Series)

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