Media strategy for improving educational and psychosocial developmental outcomes in young children

Published Date: 05 August 2019 12:00 AM

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Name and Constituency of Member of Parliament

Assoc Prof Walter Theseira, Nominated Member of Parliament

Question

To ask the Minister for Education whether the Ministry will develop a media strategy for improving educational and psychosocial developmental outcomes in young children through subsidising or supporting the broadcast of research-based educational programming on free-to-air television channels or online provision.

Response

1. MOE guides schools in harnessing technology to support the learning and holistic development of students. The extent and mode of technology used is guided by considerations such as educational value and developmental appropriateness.

2. At the pre-school level, children learn best when they explore using their five senses, engage in hands-on activities, and learn through face-to-face interactions. Teachers facilitate the use of media content and educational technology in appropriate ways to complement these learning experiences.

3. From the primary level, all students are given access to educational resources via the Singapore Student Learning Space, an online platform that was rolled out to all schools in 2018. The resources on this platform contain media content developed in-house by MOE and schools, as well as content curated from external sources, including free-to-air television channels and online media. These resources include educational videos, interactive games and simulations.

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