Use of ICT in Schools Aimed at Enhancing Teaching and Learning


From MOE Media Centre:


Use of ICT in Schools Aimed at Enhancing Teaching and Learning


We refer to the letters by Zhang Chun Yu (“Do Primary and Secondary Schools need Wireless internet”, 14 June), Shen Yu Sheng (“ICT is a double-edged sword; don’t turn love into harm”, 18 June) and Xiao Guo Rong (“Restrictions should be imposed on the use of IT to aid teaching”, 21 June).


MOE invests in ICT to support teaching and learning in schools, to ensure that students are well prepared for the future working environment. The objective of a Standard Operating Environment for Schools, SOE (Schools), is to support the third Masterplan for ICT in education in providing schools with an appropriate ICT infrastructure. It includes replacing obsolete infrastructure such as local and wide area network equipment and servers, and enhancing technical support.


The writers were concerned that wireless connectivity in schools could result in students accessing undesirable content online or be distracted from lessons. MOE ensures that the use of ICT in teaching and learning is done in pedagogically sound and age-appropriate ways.


Wireless access provides a wider learning space beyond the classroom and allows students to learn in a more authentic environment. For example, a teacher could guide students to use wireless mobile devices in a school’s eco-garden for science trails, engage in group discussions and share information found online. The teacher would refer their students to credible sites when conducting their research online. Schools also filter undesirable content from school networks.


MOE has put in place cyber-wellness programmes to educate students on cyber wellness and the safe and responsible use of technology. A recent school-wide effort involves training student ambassadors to lead the promotion of cyber wellness among their peers. Parents also play a crucial role in working with schools to ensure that students adopt the right values and attitude when using technology in school and at home.


Mr Lim Teck Soon

IT Director, Organisation Development Division

Ministry of Education

3 comments

  1. Rui

    I concur with Mr Lim Teck Soon’s viewpoint that better ICT infrastructure allow students to have a authentic learning (as in natural ?) as students are exposed to a variety of learning resources on the web or using efficient gadgets in their learning.

    Mr Lim Teck Soon can probably address the problem of how older generation of teachers (or even younger X or Y generation teachers )to be more receptive to the use of IT, and use them competently and confidently in lessons. Perhaps more IT teaching resources can be introduced to teachers? Teachers can also share how they use simple IT to teach and gradually move on to more sophiscated resources?

    Much thanks to Mr Lim Teck Soon who clarify this.

  2. Texas Dwi Law

    Mr Lim Teck Soon can probably address the problem of how older generation of teachers (or even younger X or Y generation teachers )to be more receptive to the use of IT, and use them competently and confidently in lessons. Perhaps more IT teaching resources can be introduced to teachers? Teachers can also share how they use simple IT to teach and gradually move on to more sophiscated resources?
    +1

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