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By Donnell Koh | 25 February 2019

Channel News Asia reported on 16 August 2017 that Singapore’s Ministry of Education would be launching an online learning portal next year to complement conventional classroom learning. Currently being piloted at select primary and secondary schools, the “Singapore Student Learning Space” will ultimately cover all schools including junior colleges and tertiary institutions in Singapore. I was excited my this initiative, which is a testament to the government’s constant effort in bringing innovations to education, which many Singaporeans attach great value to. According to the Channel News Asia article, the benefit of this new online learning portal can be three folds:

A Platform Hosting Rich Resources

The Singapore Student Learning Space will provide an additional platform for students, school teachers and private tuition like chemistry tuition teachers alike to find rich and reliable resources to complement their classroom learning/teaching. The various subjects covered include English, Mathematics, Science and Social Studies, among others. I hope with the portal fully operational in 2018, it will be able to cover a wider range of subjects to become the choice portal by students of various levels whenever they need to turn to internet for information relevant to their school subjects.

Make Learning More Interactive and Engaging

The portal will introduce students to a wide spectrum of interactive resources. These include not only videos and animations, but also games and quizzes to make learning more interesting, interactive and engaging. Furthermore, the materials will follow closely the national curriculum and incorporate real-life elements. It is proven to be highly relevant and effective by many private tuition including chemistry tuition and science tuition teachers to follow closely the MOE curriculum and relate to real-life problems whenever possible.

Initiative by Twig Learning Center

Twig Learning Center too have embraced new technology to complement their chemistry tuition lessons. Now all A Level chemistry lessons are screen-recorded and students are able to review them even after class. Based on feedback of students, many have found this initiative useful especially if they needed to recap on certain concepts from the lessons. There are also video lesson summaries to help students recap on the key points after the lesson. This helps students to focus on what is important and sieve out all the unnecessary content. We are now only in the infancy of the video and software revolution in education. I am looking forward to they day when virtual reality can be implemented in education. Bill Gates recently commented that textbooks are becoming obsolete. What he’s really describing is how computer-driven mass customised personalised learning can supplement some aspects of traditional classrooms. And as an educator we need to embrace these changes and bring learning to the next level.

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