Learnings From Singapore: Reflecting on the Use of Mobile Devices as the Catalyst from Pedagogical Change

Presented on 25 May at CSEDU 2015

Keynote Lecturer: Elliot Soloway and Cathleen Norris

Abstract: Singapore education is recognized the world over for its ability to produce students who score at the top on standardized tests. However, as the Ministry of Education (MoE) has observed, Singapore’s direct-instruction pedagogy doesn’t also produce imaginative, creative, entrepreneurial children.   To address this need, MoE has promoted its Masterplan3, a  five-year plan to move schools away from direct-instruction to an inquiry-oriented pedagogy.  Since 2008, then, we have worked with university researches, school policy makers, administrators, teachers, IT staff, parents and students at Nan Chiau Primary School, using mobile devices as the catalyst driving that pedagogical change. In our presentation, then, we will reflect on Nan Chiau’s journey of change, highlighting how the 10 barriers to change have been addressed. We also report on the scaling-up efforts going on now in other primary schools in Singapore.  While education has its “local” components, there is much to learn from Singapore’s experiences!