"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