January 15, 2016
Singapore's ICT Pedagogical Innovation Recognised by Unesco
1. Singapore has been awarded the UNESCO King Hamad Bin Isa Al-Khalifa Prize for the Use of ICTs in Education. The award was presented to the Ministry of Education (MOE) for the project - Open Source Physics at Singapore (OSP@SG).
An Innovative Resource for Teachers
2. OSP@SG helps teachers bring real-world physics concepts into the classroom. The programme complements real-life experiments by providing interactive models that help visualisation. The programme also has a function for mathematical modelling, where students’ ideas can be modelled and compared with real life and simulated data.
3. Resources developed under this programme are open-source - it gives teachers and students the freedom to collaborate and share Information and Communication Technologies (ICT) resources for teaching and learning Physics. For example, resources can be embedded within interactive textbooks. The modelling tools available are free for students all over the world to access and edit. Since 2012, MOE has been collaborating with schools on OSP@SG, with positive feedback received on the project both in Singapore and around the world.
Learning Comes Alive with OSP@SG!
4. In Evergreen Secondary School, students learnt about kinematics, dynamics and work, and energy physics concepts using open-source video analysis software and modelling tool. For example, teachers use the software to help students learn about the optimal time for a parachutist to release the parachute. Through modelling, students were able to better visualise, comprehend and explain these scientific concepts.
5. Over at Innova Junior College, students visualise the abstract concepts of superposition using the Ripple Tank Java simulation which shows how two waves overlap to produce the interference pattern. This approach allows students to test out their own experimental setups through the simulation of waves. Similarly, students at Yishun Junior College learn about gravity through simulations, where students could better visualise and explore satellite motion, and discover abstract gravitational field concepts, through manipulation and modelling techniques.
6. For more information and contacts on school projects that harnessed OSP@SG, please refer to Annex A.
About UNESCO King Hamad Bin Isa Al-Khalifa Prize for the Use of ICTs in Education
7. Since 2005, the award has recognised innovations in teaching and learning that leverage technology to improve educational outcomes. Funded by the Kingdom of Bahrain, the Prize seeks to recognize governments, non-governmental organizations and individuals that embrace ICT as a pedagogical ally to make learning more effective. The theme for 2015 is “Pedagogical Innovation in the Use of ICT in Teaching and Learning”. The prize ceremony was held at the UNESCO Headquarters in Paris, France on 13 January 2016. More information on the prize can be found here: http://www.unesco.org/new/en/unesco/themes/icts/ict-in-education-prize/.