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Creating better learning spaces for our children

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Singapore's education system, which has already won many accolades, may be in for a further shake-up with the implementation of a new e-learning portal.

Touted as a game changer that will level the playing field for students, the Singapore Student Learning Space will be rolled out at all levels, from primary schools to junior colleges, from next year.

The portal, first announced by former education minister Heng Swee Keat in 2013, was to have been implemented at all primary and secondary schools last year, but was held back as the team gathered extensive feedback to shape it.

Since July, the portal's basic functions have been on trial at 62 schools. The Ministry of Education (MOE), together with the Government Technology Agency of Singapore, which leads the country's charge in digital transformation, will work with schools to further develop the platform ahead of its national roll-out.

So, what does the portal need to aim for to deliver a better learning experience for students?

Firstly, observers agree that learning has to be made more engaging, particularly for the younger ones, to keep them interested.

Currently, the portal's resources, produced and curated by MOE, are based on the national curriculum, which means students will be learning what is expected of them. Schools can also contribute their own resources.

Students will have access to videos, games, simulations, quizzes and animations that will reinforce the learning of subjects, including English, maths, history and even physical education. Interactive timelines on World War II, for instance, can help students visualise how history unfolded and countries were shaped by years of conflict.

Students and teachers can access these materials in school and at home with their usernames and passwords.

However, such resources have to make learning come alive, rather than drill into students mundane content after content, say experts.

Observers believe the platform may well reduce academic obsession as it gives students, regardless of school, the same access to quality resources.........

© The Straits Times