New skill centre launched for tech-savvy teachers

New skill centre launched for tech-savvy teachers

Date
Tuesday, 09 March 2010

Media Type
Today online

Singapore - Tech-savvy teachers now have a centre for them to hone their skills and develop their innovative ideas.

Based in Singapore, the School Technology Innovation Centre (STIC) is the first such institution in the Asia-Pacific region.

For example, teachers from Australia and Canada learn how to use a touch screen computer to make dense formulas look interesting and easy for students to digest, as they find out how a physics lesson of the future might look like. And this is one of the visions the new centre hopes to realise.

To get this going, the Media Development Authority, National Institute of Education (NIE) and Microsoft have signed a $1.35 million investment deal. They hope to have some 6,000 Singapore teachers sharing and devising new teaching methods over the next three years.

Professor Lee Sing Kong, NIE's director, said: "Because of the key role that (teachers) play ... they need to be equipped with the latest skills, with the latest knowledge, in order to bring this latest way of teaching into the classroom".

Educators are also sharing resources online. In the past month, there has been a 60 per-cent jump in communication between teachers from Asia on Microsoft's social networking website Partners In Learning from Asia.

Source: Today online, mediacorp