eduLab at the Academy of Singapore Teachers (eduLab@AST) to Bring Ideas into Practice
Teachers will now have a “living lab” to experiment with evolving technologies before trying them out in their schools. Set to transform learning in the future, eduLab@AST launched by Mr Hawazi Daipi, Senior Parliamentary Secretary, Ministry of Education and Ministry of Manpower at the International Conference on Teaching and Learning with Technology (iCTLT) 2012 today will play a key role in bringing ideas to practice.
eduLab@AST seeks to:
- Foster ideation and collaboration across schools in experimenting with technology in education;
- Promote adoption of successful use of technology in education; and
- Provide ICT infrastructure to facilitate technology experimentation for schools and MOE to assess potential solutions prior to adoption
eduLab@AST will showcase experiments trialed in schools. It will also partner schools designated as ICT Centres of Excellence to spread mature innovations and successful practices, by leveraging existing structures and teacher networks that have been established. New technologies will also be channelled to these schools to test-bed new or emerging solutions. In turn, the experiences of these schools will be harvested and shared with other schools through eduLab@AST. Through this, eduLab@AST hopes to build a community where teacher-researchers interact with one another, and tap on research expertise from the National Institute of Education (NIE) and industry partners.
Since the eduLab programme was initiated in 2010, the programme has seen three ideas involving 20 schools (Please see details at Annex A.). Educators who visit eduLab@AST can learn more of how schools have infused innovative ICT practices into lessons and classroom activities. At the Project Highlights Section, school innovations as well as possibilities in the industry would be highlighted to schools for experimentation. Through these programmes, visitors will gain insights into ICT initiatives that educators have developed to scaffold students’ learning process. The Idea Workbench Section & Idea Pollination Section further allows educators to engage in collaborative discussion on how such ICT practices and solutions can be customised and adopted to best fit their school’s needs (Please see Annex B).
eduLab@AST is managed by the Ministry of Education (MOE) with support from the NIE, the Academy of Singapore Teachers, the Info-communications Development Authority of Singapore (IDA) and NCS Pte Ltd. For more information on the eduLab programme, please visit eduLab@AST’s website.
iCTLT – Do It! Transform Learning, Shape the Future.
The International Conference on Teaching and Learning with Technology (iCTLT) 2012 is jointly organised by the MOE, the International Society for Technology in Education (ISTE), and the Academy of Principals, Singapore (APS). A total of 1,400 local and overseas delegates are attending the conference. They include school leaders, educators, academics, researchers, classroom practitioners and industry leaders. This is a platform for the delegates to connect and collaborate with educators from various countries and regions on matters of common interest in the use of ICT to create an engaging and effective education for the 21st century students.
Delegates have the opportunity to engage in discussions on recent developments of educational technology in terms of research, pedagogy and technological solutions, to transform school curriculum implementation and teaching practices. There are three keynote addresses, 21 spotlight sessions and about 100 papers at the concurrent sessions. iCTLT 2012 is also featuring a School Leaders Track which allows policymakers and school principals to learn and discuss strategies for effective ICT implementation against the backdrop of the emerging trends of educational technologies.
Running concurrently with the conference is an exhibition featuring the latest technologies from industry partners that will offer possibilities to enhance teaching and learning. Pre-conference activities were also held on 27 and 28 March. The activities included learning trails to Chinatown, the Singapore River and Kampong Glam, and visits to the eduLab@AST, Classrooms of the Future and FutureSchools@Singapore. There were also eight interactive workshops with hands-on learning experiences for delegates to bring technology into the classroom more effectively.
For more information on iCTLT 2012, please visit the conference website.