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1 year later, Primary school pupils still prefer Laptop/Netbook

Last year I did a simple survey with pupils from Primary 1 to 6 on their favourite devices for learning in classroom. Laptop/netbook was their favourite device. This year I did another similar survey with a smaller group of students (and ex-students) in Facebook. Laptop/Netbook retains the students’ top choice. Despite the rise of tablets in 2011, it remains as the ‘sub ‘ device, clinching the second place.

Interestingly, Interactive White Board seems to be gaining popularity among students, overtaking the iPod and mobile phone as the third choice. Is IWB is next big thing or fad?

Update: iPod, mobile phone and gaming console just overtook the IWB. This is an ongoing Facebook ‘Question’ 🙂

Primary school pupils still prefer Laptop/Netbook

I did a simple survey with pupils from Primary 1 to 6 on their favourite devices for learning in classroom. The survey result from 267 kids shows that laptop/netbook is still their favourite device despite the tremendous popularity of the Apple iPad, which takes the second place. It’s a close fight between Mobile phone and iPod Touch for the third. I also noticed kids are also interested in E-Reader and IWB. They shown little love for digital cameras and voice recorders though.

I think it’s a useful student perception survey if the school is planning for 1:1 implementation. I guess my next survey will be for teachers 🙂

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New Interactive Learning Trail in Chinatown Makes Learning of Chinese Language and Heritage Engaging for our Students

From MOE Press Releases:

A new wireless interactive learning trail at Chinatown will offer students a fun, authentic way to learn about Chinese Language and culture. Through the use of specially programmed mobile phones, students can participate in activities at seven designated wireless-enabled hotspots along the trail to learn more about Chinatown’s heritage.

Looks like a great learning trail using mobile devices. However it’s only for secondary school students.

Update: Channel News Asia report

Using ICT in Chinese language teaching improves results

From xin.sg:

研究显示,利用资讯通信科技,辅助华文教学,确实对讲英语家庭的孩子有帮助。有学校同华文教研中心,展开试验性课程后发现,原本华文成绩不及格的班级,在完成课程后,及格率上升到33%。

Research shows using ICT in Chinese language teaching can help students from English speaking families to achieve better results in Chinese language. In fact it should apply to all students 😉

Mobile phones are featured, though the report mentioned mobile phones only have Internet access and no voice calls and SMS. Not really leveraging on the computing power of mobile phones if you ask me.

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Great video which I missed all the while.

One key point here is the use of mobile phones in schools.

Well, it is always controversial, especially in primary and secondary schools. I must admit I am apprehensive of this idea too.

Questions like ‘What if kids steal phones?’, ‘What if kids use them just for casual SMSing during lessons?’, or ‘What if kids developed a mobile phone race for the trendiest model?’ often pop up from teachers’ mind.

I believe these questions are valid, since school teachers are always concerned of classroom management and discipline of pupils. I would not say teachers who expressed concerns are ‘refusing to enter the digital age with their teaching practices’. There are just too many issues needed to be addressed before mobile phones can be brought into classrooms, hence most teachers are as apprehensive as I am.

Singapore being a ‘SMS Nation’, schools should be tapping on mobile phone technology in teaching. In fact I have seen and heard the use mobile phones in teaching, but mostly only during Infocomm competitions and sharing sessions of pilot projects.

I certainly look forward to more positive developments in mobile phone technology in education in the near future.

SMS Nation

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TEENAGERS here are not surprised at the trends shown by the Sulake survey but some admit that the preferences for SMS and virtual communication can be unhealthy.

The global survey – which polled 58,486 youths aged between 11 and 18, in 31 countries worldwide – revealed that fewer Singapore teenagers prefer face-to-face communication with their friends compared with their counterparts in the rest of the world. Instead, more of them like to “talk” to their friends through SMS or instant messaging…

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Ironically most government schools in Singapore ban pupils from using handphones in school. Are schools missing out a valuable learning tool? Or, are schools doing the right thing since ‘preferences for SMS and virtual communication can be unhealthy’?