Microsoft, NIE and MDA to launch Asia's First School Technology Innovation Centre in Singapore

Microsoft, NIE and MDA to launch Asia's First School Technology Innovation Centre in Singapore

Date
Monday, 08 March 2010

The centre will serve as a demonstration and learning laboratory for educational institutions in the region to enhance their use of ICT in their classrooms and curricula.

In conjunction with the Microsoft Asia Pacific Regional Innovative Educators Forum, held in Singapore on 9th and 10th March 2010, Microsoft, together with the National Institute of Education, Nanyang Technological University Singapore (NIE,NTU), and the Media Development Authority (MDA), launched Asia’s first regional School Technology Innovation Centre (STIC). Located at the NIE/NTU campus, the STIC will focus on the development and research of new educational approaches, classroom solutions and products to improve educational outcomes in the region.

The STIC enables professional development opportunities for teachers in Singapore and across Asia to advance their ICT-based learning, which can be used for teaching and with a vision to achieving better student learning outcomes and in the process, to inspire a sense of life-long learning among students. The centre will also create opportunities for tertiary students and student teachers to tap on various technological resources for enhancing their learning.

This tri-party investment comes in the form of expertise and content, as well as a S$1.35 million commitment over three years to create and develop learning resources to train 6,000 student teachers, teachers and students from Singapore and the Asia Pacific region.

“Educators today are challenged to evolve teaching methods to stay abreast with the evolving digital landscape and cohorts of students who are digital natives. At Microsoft, we recognise that technology in education can be a powerful catalyst to promote learning in a digital age. The STIC will enable educators in Singapore and the region to harness the power of technology to transform learning for the future leaders of Asia,” said Jessica Tan, Managing Director, Microsoft Singapore.

NIE Director Professor Lee Sing Kong said “NIE, being a national teacher education institute, is well-positioned to introduce innovative and effective technologies that can generate excitement in new media that will enhance teaching and learning outcomes.
The STIC will allow NIE to experience closer collaboration and share resources with educators in Singapore and around the region. In so doing, we hope to enhance the quality of education and produce the best outcomes from new and evolving technology. As we aim to break the frontiers of technological innovation, NIE hopes to continually transform teaching and inspire learning in a rapidly changing world! Our teacher education journey continues against the backdrop of a technologically-driven paradigm, changing the way we live, work, learn and teach”.

NIE will collaborate with Microsoft to research into technological solutions that can effectively leverage upon the power of information and communication technology for school administration, teaching and learning to improve the quality of education. Microsoft will provide technology and training to NIE academic staff, student teachers, teachers and student interns. Resources created as part of STIC will be hosted virtually on Microsoft’s Partners in Learning Network site for educators to collaborate online. Aside from providing the physical venue for the STIC, NIE will also be leading the pedagogical framework for the enhancement of teaching and learning outcomes. NIE will also host local and international visitors to the centre.

“The STIC will contribute to the professional development of educators both in Singapore and Asia and help them develop new and relevant teaching and learning resources,” said Associate Professor Philip Wong, Associate Dean of Pedagogical Development and Innovations, NIE, who is heading the project.

To ensure that student teachers and in-service teachers stay relevant in a Web 2.0 world, MDA will be providing new media literacy training to STIC participants as well as pedagogical consultancy for new media creation in teaching and learning. MDA will also avail Public Service Broadcasting (PSB) contents to build teaching and learning resources for the duration of the three-year commitment.
“New media is a powerful tool that can be used for teaching and learning. Through this Centre, we hope that educators and students will harness the power of media to enable collaborative education and engage students by making learning relevant and interesting. This aligns with the Media-in-Learning initiative by MDA that aims to transform learning through use of media,” said Dr. Christopher Chia, Chief Executive Officer, MDA.

About Microsoft
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About the Media Development Authority of Singapore
Formed in 2003, the Media Development Authority of Singapore (MDA) plays a vital role in transforming Singapore into a Global Media City and positioning it at the forefront of the digital media age. MDA spearheads initiatives that promote developments in film, video, television, radio, publishing, music, games, animation, media services and Interactive Digital Media. At the same time, in ensuring clear and consistent regulatory policies and guidelines, MDA helps to foster a pro-business environment for industry players and increase media choices for consumers. For more information, visit www.mda.gov.sg.