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 Tuesday, February 02, 2010

Singapore is taking massive steps to integrate ICTs into education in a variety of ways. The FutureSchools@Singapore program seeks to develop up to 15 schools with up-to-date teaching and learning methodology through utilization of ICTS in education system. It is a joint project of Infocomm Development Authority of Singapore (IDA) and the Ministry of Education (MOE) and vendors like Hewlett-Packard (HP), Singapore Technologies Electronics (ST Electronics), Microsoft, Singapore Telecoms (SingTel) are also involved actively in this project.

The Ministry of Education has also established its first interactive web-based Education and Career Guidance (ECG) portal for students. ecareers.sg is a project, jointly developed by the Ministry of Education and the Center on Education and Work, University of Wisconsin-Madison. Pilot-tested in 2009 in 18 secondary schools, 4 junior colleges and Millennia Institute, the portal received positive feedback on its overall user friendliness and up-to-date and comprehensive features. ecareers.sg was expected to be available to secondary and post-secondary schools by August 2009 and to primary schools by early 2010.

Ministry of Education (MOE), the Infocomm Development Authority of Singapore (IDA) and Microsoft Singapore, are also collaborating on BackPackLive! initiative. This initiative is an expansion of the previous five year IDA-Microsoft BackPack.NET initiative launched in 2003. BackPack.NET was the first education initiative where Microsoft, IDA and MOE collaborated to create a fundamental shift in the way a student experiences learning through the use of innovative Tablet PC (TPC)-based learning applications. The new collaboration will focus on inspiring, exploring and scaling innovative ICT practices among teachers. The Cyber Wellness Student Ambassador Programme, to promote safe and responsible use of Information-Communication Technologies (ICT) among students through peer education, is also a part of the BackPack LIVE! Education initiative. It plans to target students at Primary 4 and Secondary 2 levels, and was planned to kick off with 47 primary and 44 secondary schools in November 2009.

The Ministry of Education (MOE) is also working together with NCS Pte Ltd and Google to make available the Google Apps (Education version) suite of online communications and collaboration tools to more than 30,000 teachers and staff in over 350 schools in Singapore by end 2009. The successful implementation of this project would make MOE the first Ministry in Singapore to adopt an open standard cloud computing platform and the first in Asia to provide Web 2.0 communication and collaboration tools to all teachers in the public school system.

From as early as 2010, the Next-Generation National Broadband Network (Next Gen NBN) would also support education initiatives in Singapore such as Future Schools through high speed connectivity 1Gbps and beyond which would pave way for enhanced web-based interactive features in teaching and learning.

Source:Ministry of Education Singapore Press Releases