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ICT Masterplanning for Education: Singapore's Experience. Dr. Thiam-Seng KOH Director, Educational Technology Singapore Ministry of Education 20 June 2006. Presentation Outline. Video on Use of ICT in Singapore Schools Historical Perspective of IT Use in Education

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ict masterplanning for education singapore s experience

ICT Masterplanning for Education: Singapore's Experience

Dr. Thiam-Seng KOH

Director, Educational Technology

Singapore Ministry of Education

20 June 2006

presentation outline
Presentation Outline
  • Video on Use of ICT in Singapore Schools
  • Historical Perspective of IT Use in Education
  • First IT Masterplan in Education
  • Second IT Masterplan in Education
  • Key Learning Points for Policy Formulation
historical perspective

National IT Plans

e-Government

Use of IT in Education

Late 1970’s - Computer Appreciation Clubs as extra-curricular activities.

1980’s - Computer assisted learning in primary school mathematics.

Computer Science (1981) and Computer Applications (1994) as subjects in the curriculum.

Mid-1995’s – Pilot projects on use of IT in education.

Civil Service Computerisation Programme (1980 – 1999)

Computerisation

… Communications

… Connectivity/Content

First Masterplan for IT in

Education

(1997 – 2002)

e-Government Action Plan

(2000 – 2003)

Convergence

Connected Singapore

(2003 – 2006)

Infocomm 21

(2000 – 2003)

The National IT Plan

(1986 – 1991)

The National Computerisation

Plan (1980 – 1985)

IT2000

(1992 – 1999)

e-Government Action Plan II

(2003 – 2006)

Connectedness

Second Masterplan for IT in Education

(2003 – 2007)

e-Government Action Plan III

(2006 –)

Creation …

Intelligent Nation 2015

(2006 –)

Historical Perspective

Source: http://www.ida.gov.sg

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Historical Perspective
  • Late 1970s – Introduce the use of micro- computers by students in computer appreciation clubs as extra-curricular activities at schools.
  • 1981 – Introduce Computer Science as a subject in the A level curriculum.
  • 1994 – Introduce Computer Applications, a skills-based subject in the secondary Normal (Technical) curriculum.
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Historical Perspective
  • 1980’s – Explore the use of computer assisted learning in primary school mathematics.
  • Mid-1995’s – Pilot the use of IT in teaching and learning
    • Accelerating the Use of IT in Primary Schools (AITP) project: Use of multimedia and computers in 6 primary schools.
    • Students’ & Teachers’ Workbench (STW) project: Use of networked digital resources in lower secondary science in 6 secondary schools.
    • JCNet: Use of Internet to support learning of GP, Physics and Chemistry in 2 Junior Colleges.
philosophy of first it masterplan mp1
Philosophy ofFirst IT Masterplan (mp1)

Educationshouldcontinuallyanticipatethefutureneedsofsocietyand

worktowardsfulfillingthese needs.

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mp1

4 Overaching Goals

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Goal 1

Goal 2

Goal 3

Goal 4

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Goal 1

Goal 2

Goal 3

Goal 4

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Goal 1

Goal 2

Goal 3

Goal 4

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Goal 1

Goal 2

Goal 3

Goal 4

Promote administrative and management excellence

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Start-up Provisions for

Student-to-Computer Ratio

Primary Schools – 6.6:1

Secondary Schools – 5:1

Target = up to 30% of curriculum time using IT.

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In computer labs

In classrooms

In science labs

In the library

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Technical Support for Schools

  • A full time Technology Assistant (TA) for each school
  • To provide first-level on-site support
achievements of mp1
Achievements of mp1
  • Standard physical and technological infrastructure to support teaching and learning with IT.
  • Teachers attained basic proficiency in integrating IT into the curriculum.
  • R&D efforts with academia and industry e.g. EduPAD, Digital Media Repository & ScienceAlive
  • Pockets of excellence in the use of IT in learning among some teachers and in some schools.
second it masterplan mp2
Second IT Masterplan (mp2)
  • Consolidate and build on the achievements of the First IT Masterplan.
  • Sustain the momentum.
  • Bring the use of IT in learning to greater heights.
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Philosophy ofSecond IT Masterplan (mp2)

Educationshouldcontinuallyanticipatethefutureneedsofsocietyand

worktowardsfulfillingthese needs.

vision of mp2
Vision of mp2

IT will be pervasively and effectively used to enhance educational processes and structures to help realize the ability-driven education paradigm.

today vs tomorrow
IT to support existing curriculum

Mainly print content & CD-ROM courseware

Standard provisions

Teacher-centered

Basic competencies

One size fits all, phased approach

Seamless integration of IT into curriculum

Dynamic & interactive digital content

Flexible provisions

Student-centered

Range of competencies

Mass customization, greater ownership & autonomy

Today vs Tomorrow
some learning points
Some Learning Points
  • Address the fundamental issues in education first before introducing ICT across the system e.g. appropriate curricula and good teachers.
  • Take a systemic and systematic approach to IT implementation in the schools i.e. infrastructure, curriculum & assessment, content and professional development.
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Some Learning Points
  • Address the cultural or people dimension of IT implementation to transform the educational experiences rather than just doing faster of more of the same.
  • Ensure alignment of intent and interests among key stakeholders (e.g. policy makers, parents, teachers, students, academics, industry, etc.)
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Some Learning Points
  • Take a multi-disciplinary and multi-partnership approach to push the frontiers on the use of IT in learning.
  • Avoid spreading resources too thinly by distributing them equitably in the beginning of the implementation.
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Some Learning Points
  • Use the centralized approach to kick-start the implementation process but move on to providing top-down support for ground-up initiatives when the system achieve some level of maturity of implementation.
  • Continue to learn from other countries to generate ideas and adapt good practices into the local curricula.
challenges ahead
Challenges Ahead
  • Sustaining professional development of teachers and school leaders.
    • Changing beliefs through “success stories”
    • Achieving reforms through communities of practice
    • Building capacity and strengthening expertise in technology planning
    • Building capacity in digital resource development by teachers
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Challenges Ahead
  • Exploiting the potentials of emerging technologies in the consumer space and IT-based pedagogies.
  • Scaling up research findings to impact classroom practices.
references
References
  • Singapore EduMALL (http://www.moe.gov.sg/edumall/)
  • British Educational Communications & Technology Agency (http://www.becta.org.uk/)
  • World Bank: ICT and Education
  • UNESCO: ICT in Education (http://www.unescobkk.org/index.php?id=494)
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mp2

mapping

possibilities

Thank you