Nan Chiau Primary School and NIE set up the First Research Centre for using ICT in Teaching and Learning in a Primary School

Nan Chiau Primary School and NIE set up the First Research Centre for using ICT in Teaching and Learning in a Primary School

Date
Tuesday, 28 April 2009

NAN CHIAU PRIMARY SCHOOL AND NIE SET UP THE FIRST RESEARCH CENTRE FOR USING ICT IN TEACHING AND LEARNING IN A PRIMARY SCHOOL ON TUESDAY, 28 April 2009, 11.00AM AT NAN CHIAU PRIMARY SCHOOL, 50 ANCHORVALE LINK, SINGAPORE

Nan Chiau Primary School, in collaboration with the Learning Sciences Laboratory of the National Institute of Education, Nanyang Technological University (NIE/NTU), Singapore, will be setting up a Centre for Educational Research and Application (CERA). The two institutions will sign a Letter of Intent (LoI) to launch CERA on 28 April 2009.

CERA, a research and translation unit, is the first such research centre in a primary school. It seeks to spearhead the transformation of teaching and learning using ICT in education. Through CERA, the school can better co-ordinate and promote research, innovative pedagogy and teachers' long term professional development. The coming together of classroom practitioners and educational researchers will develop critical insights into the use of educational technology and enable research to be closely aligned to real classroom practices. The LoI formalises recent and ongoing collaborations between the two organisations.

The objective of CERA complements the school's plan to offer its pupils a more learner-centred, ICT-enhanced one to one learning environment to nurture learning competencies for the 21st Century. One of the signature projects of CERA will enable pupils to learn anywhere, anytime through the use of smart phones. For Nan Chiau Primary, the partnership provides the teachers with the necessary knowledge base to drive its research efforts. They can better translate cutting-edge research findings into meaningful classroom practices that will deliver quality teaching and learning outcomes.

NIE, on the other hand, benefits from having found a ready test-bed for their research initiatives. Over time, CERA could serve as a model or launch bed for educational research for the schools in the cluster and zone.

ABOUT NAN CHIAU PRIMARY SCHOOL, SINGAPORE

Brief History: Nan Chiau Primary School is an affiliated school of the Singapore Hokkien Huay Kuan (SHHK) and can trace its roots back to 1947 when Nan Chiau Girls' High School was first established. It operated as the primary section of Nan Chiau High School at Kim Yam Road until it moved to its own site at Anchorvale Link in January 2001.

Although only into its ninth year, Nan Chiau Primary has built up many systems and structures to support teaching and learning. As a new school and leveraging on its young staff, the school has made innovation and ICT its niche. It was awarded the Singapore Innovation Class in October 2006 by SPRING Singapore and the Thinking Culture Award (national) in 2007. The school has made significant strides in innovation in curriculum as well as the use of ICT. It is a Lead ICT school as well as a TLLM Curriculum Innovation Prototype school. It has been receiving PSE funding since 2007 to support its key programmes.

In NCPS, learning is no longer limited to the confines of the classroom but learners are now empowered to expand their learning opportunities anywhere, anytime. Mobile learning through use of handheld devices such UMPC, Pocket PC, ipod touch and mobile phones allows us to engage our pupils in authentic, contextualised learning. Our learning trails included trips to Sungei Buloh, Chinatown, Labrador Park and Singapore River. Project 1:1 with the Web 2.0 applications make seamless learning possible, enabling our pupils to make connections between the different spheres of their learning, between what takes place in class and what happens outside curriculum hours. It allows us to engage the children in learning in communities. Some of our programmes include the use of Wikipedia (CL), ipod touch (EL, Math), google map and GoKnow mobile learning environment (Science, Languages).

For more information, please visit www.ncps.moe.edu.sg