07 February 2018
Singapore schools are hoping to teach students skills that are closely related to what are widely deemed as “21st century competencies” — abilities and expertise that are required to operate in a globalized as well as a technologically advanced society.
These skills involve the ability to communicate, collaborate, think deeply, gather and process information, learn new things rapidly, and be in possession of a keen sense of community leadership and responsibility.
Students at Anglican High School, for instances, have been learning to program a micro:bit, a new part in the school’s iSCoRe2 curriculum.
“With the development of new tech in the industry, there is a new emphasis on enhanced student learning – preparing them for a smart nation,” said Mr Patrick Tay, 41, the school’s head of department for information and communication technology.
Besides the micro:bit project, students are also learning to operate drones. They practise using drones to take photographs of the school by manoeuvring the drones inside rooms and up flights of stairs.