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Technology in the classroom: digital learning at schools in Singapore
Posted 10/01/2018 09:17AM

 

Technology in the classroom"Technology in the classroom: digital learning at schools in Singapore"

honeykidsasia.com & pdf - 14th December 2017

 

We speak to five international schools about the impact technology is having in the classroom...

Sometimes it’s hard to relate to the way our kids are learning in the classroom when it is such a contrast to how we were schooled. And while we are occasionally a little envious that our kids have the answers to everything at the press of a button (without the need to trudge off to the library and browse 15 books for one tidbit of info), we’re happy to move with the times and get on board the tech train. We’ve been speaking to the experts – teachers and principals – to find the answers to all our burning questions when it comes to technology in the classroom…

Why is technology so important for students and their learning experiences today?

The approach to teaching and learning needs to change in response to the changes in the world. Students these days need to be critical thinkers, creative communicators, digital citizens, knowledge constructors, designers, computational thinkers and global collaborators (ISTE Standard for Students). Technology can support those standards and add new depth to a student’s learning experience. It transcends time and space limitations to enable connected learning (e.g. in GESS the usage of Seesaw currently gives students a voice and opens up possibilities for them to connect with fellow classmates. Eventually they will even be able to learn from peers around the world). Technology also facilitates reflection on learning and solidifies understanding and retention of concepts.

Through the usage of apps like Explain Everything, GESS students are able to think critically about the knowledge they receive and this promotes greater learner agency. Technology also opens doors for self-directed inquiry i.e. students are able to ask questions and independently find answers to these questions. In the end, it is about using the right technological tools in the right situation in order to be successful.

Author: Verena Zimmer, Educational Technology Coach



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The English speaking European Section of GESS is a fully fledged International Baccalaureate World School, and one of the few in the world who are authorised to deliver the Primary Years Programme (PYP), the Middle Years Programme (MYP) and the Diploma Programme (IBDP).

Since opening in 2005, the European Section has grown rapidly to become a school with a reputation for quality education with a strong community feel. We now have over 600 students. The vast majority of our students are European passport holders, for whom GESS represents a vital connection with home. Students are thus provided with a safe, friendly and familiar environment in which they are challenged to thrive as they grow into independent and responsible global citizens.

Our academic and pastoral programmes are designed to support this demographic and ultimately to prepare our students for returning to Europe or for entry into European universities. To this end we endeavor to support mother tongue language acquisition so that our students do not lose this vital connection with their home culture. Fortunately, given the high entry requirements into European schools and colleges, this also means that our students are especially well prepared for study all over the world, particularly North America, the UK and Australia.

The Pre-School department provides education from 18 month to 6 years in either English or German. Children are placed in groups according to their age.

 

German Curriculum

Since the school was founded in 1971, the school has evolved into a school with two sections. As an accredited “Excellent German School Abroad”, the German Section of the German European School Singapore (GESS) offers all major German school leaving certificates. The European Section is an authorized IB World School offering education in English across all three IB programmes.

The German Section supports the students to develop their German roots. We give them wings for the linguistic demands of a globalized world through our differentiated English programme from grade 1 onwards. In secondary school some subjects are taught in English. Our students are benefitting from numerous bonding activities and have additional space to enjoy the internationality of the school.

Our Pre-School department provides education from 18 month to 6 years in either English or German. Children are placed in groups according to their age. 

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