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MOE Launches Third Masterplan for ICT in Education

date:Aug 11,2012 source: editorial staff:linan clicks:

1.The Ministry of Education has developed the third Masterplan for ICT in Education (2009-2014). The third masterplan represents a continuum of the vision of the first and second Masterplans i.e. to enrich and transform the learning environments of our students and equip them with the critical competencies and dispositions to succeed in a knowledge economy.
 
2.The broad strategies of the third Masterplan for ICT in Education are:
■To strengthen integration of ICT into curriculum, pedagogy and assessment to enhance learning and develop competencies for the 21st century;
■To provide differentiated professional development that is more practice-based and models how ICT can be effectively used to help students learn better;
■To improve the sharing of best practices and successful innovations; and
■To enhance ICT provisions in schools to support the implementation of mp3.
Strengthening Integration of ICT into Curriculum, Assessment & Pedagogy
 
3.ICT will be more extensively integrated into the planning, design and implementation stages of the curriculum, assessment and pedagogy. There will be greater alignment of students’ learning outcomes in the syllabi, national examinations, and classroom experience to 21st century skills such as IT skills, and the ability to communicate persuasively and collaborate effectively. Students will be required to use ICT to look for information, synthesise reports, give feedback on each others’ work and collaborate with peers within and outside school.
 
Differentiated Professional Development
4.School leaders can create the environment for teachers to reflect and learn from each other about effective teaching practices that incorporate ICT use in the classrooms to achieve desired learning outcomes for their students.
 
5I.n addition, MOE will train a pool of “ICT specialist teachers” with strong pedagogical groundings to model and lead professional development efforts within and across schools. A learning roadmap will also be developed to help pace teachers in learning how to effectively use ICT in their classes.
 
Improve the sharing of best practices and successful innovations
6.To improve the sharing of best practices, MOE will support the establishment of a network of educational labs where innovations can be prototyped and tested. These labs will provide the latest technologies to promote exploration of learning possibilities. They can also serve as training ground for pre- and in-service teachers.
 
7.MOE will continue to support schools to innovate in the use of ICT and to facilitate sharing of good practices among schools through programmes like the FutureSchools@Singapore and LEAD ICT@Schools.
 
Enhanced ICT Provisions
8.Accessibility of ICT to students will be increased through more flexible and mobile infrastructure provisions such as wireless internet access, piloting 1-notebook-to-1-pupil ratio in more schools, and higher data bandwidth to the Internet.
 
Background
9.The Masterplans for ICT in Education drive the use of ICT in education. The underlying philosophy of the Masterplans is that education should continually anticipate the needs of the future and prepare pupils to meet those needs.
 
10.The first Masterplan for ICT in Education (1997 — 2002) laid a strong foundation for schools to harness ICT, particularly in the provision of basic ICT infrastructure and in equipping teachers with a basic level of ICT integration competency, which achieved a widespread acceptance for its use in education.
 
11.The second Masterplan for ICT in Education (2003 — 2008) built on this foundation to strive for an effective and pervasive use of ICT in education by, for example, strengthening the integration of ICT into the curriculum, establishing baseline ICT standards for students, and seeding innovative use of ICT among schools.
 

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