NIE and IMDA Jointly Transform Learning with Launch Of IOT@NIE Learning Lab

NIE and IMDA Jointly Transform Learning with Launch Of IOT@NIE Learning Lab

Friday, 01 June 2018



Harnessing the power of connectivity and the latest sensor technology, educators and learners at the National Institute of Education (NIE), Singapore will soon be able to collaboratively design and participate in innovative learning experiences with the launch of the Internet of Things (IoT) at NIE (IoT@NIE) Learning Lab.

This project is a three-year partnership between NIE and the Infocomm Media Development Authority of Singapore (IMDA). NIE and IMDA aims to provide educators and learners a platform to co-design IoT learning experiences. By setting up IoT@NIE ubiquitous learning environments, NIE hopes to provide opportunities for educators to “Explore, Experiment and Evolve” through a network of  physical objects and sensors that are connected through the Internet – which is also known as IoT. NIE will collaborate with Ministry of Education (MOE) schools who are interested in IoT by providing support in developing IoT teaching capabilities through the IoT@Schools journey. Through this partnership, experts from NIE, IMDA and/ or industry partners provide professional sharing sessions to the school community.

The $1.9-million project transforms NIE into a “Living Lab” with a network of IoT devices in and around the campus to facilitate the continuous collection of authentic real-time data. In addition, NIE is also co-designing and co-developing an IoT@NIE online visualisation platform with industry experts to transform authentic real-time IoT data from local and global sources for innovative learning experiences like never before by offering “the world as our classroom”.

IoT data collected from the Living Lab, coupled with the technological affordances of the IoT@NIE Learning Lab – in the form of interactive displays and 3x3 video wall and the IoT@NIE online visualisation platform - create a visual and creative space for educators and learners to collaborate, ideate and design new IoT learning experiences and lessons.

“With the affordances of technology, learning in this knowledge-based economy must go beyond the confines of space and time. IoT@NIE is the latest key component in our pre-service programme to inspire Future-ready educators to respond creatively and confidently to Future-ready Learners. With IMDA’s support in expertise and industry know how, we can allow our students to experience the value of harnessing real-time authentic data in addressing real world problems,” said Associate Professor Liu Woon Chia, Dean, Office of Teacher Education, NIE.

Through the creation of a borderless classroom, the IoT@NIE project heightens global awareness  and develops skills such as critical and inventive thinking for 21st century learners to thrive in a fast- changing, knowledge economy and digitally mediated world.Ms. Koh Li-Na, Senior Director, Digital Readiness Cluster at IMDA said, “IoT gives us an opportunity to detect and derive insights from things happening in our environment, allowing us to make better decisions and deliver better products and services in many sectors of the economy. Through this IoT@NIE Learning Lab, educators will be equipped with skills to cultivate authentic learning opportunities for their students using IoT, and guide students in new skills such as analysing big data, investigating causes and suggesting possible resolutions to real-world problems 
around them.”

The IoT@NIE Learning Lab will be opened to academics, educators and student teachers from 28 May 2018.

The IoT@NIE Learning Lab project is co-funded by NIE and IMDA.

For details about the IoT@NIE Learning Lab , please refer Here