Friday, November 28, 2008

Compassvale Primary School's "Maths Around Us" e-Trail

Maths Around Us is an integral part of Compassvale’s Mathematics Programme. Using Marshall Cavendish Online’s MyWorlds game, students were asked to solve problem–based questions on various topics like shapes, average, percentage based on their class photographs posted at the foyer. All pupils had a wonderful experience in learning mathematical concepts through the computer game. Using their UMPCs, the students embarked on their e-trail activity where they were required to answer questions based on their answers on the Maths Around Us programme.

The objective of the programme is to extend the learning of Mathematics beyond the classroom. Because the activity took place in natural settings, the pupils experienced the application of mathematical concepts in real life situation. This has helped to instill in the pupils’ minds a positive attitude towards the learning of mathematics and to see its interconnectedness in their daily lives. Interactive learning has also been promoted through the use of Marshall Cavendish Online LMS and ICT tools for the learning of mathematics.

Sunday, November 9, 2008

Xinghua Primary School's Immersion Programme in India

On the 4th November 2008, eight Primary 4 and 5 students from Xinghua Primary School, accompanied by their teachers, Mdm Lee Yuen Chee Nancy and Mdm Lasime Kumari, left for an immersion programme in The Indian Heights in New Delhi, India.

The trip that ended on the 9th November 2008, allowed the students to visit historical monuments and with the use of digital cameras, capture images that caught their interest and imagination.Through this activity, the students were made conscious of the thought process behind each captured image - images do not only capture memories but also tell a story.

On their return to Singapore, the students were taught the ICT skills with the use of Marshall Cavendish Online’s blogging feature. The Marshall Cavendish Online blogging feature provided the students with the opportunity to showcase the images they had captured, their points of views and interpretations. It was also a communication space for students to share with their peers and to the rest of the school population.

The objectives of the immersion programme were to develop a deeper understanding and appreciation of Indian culture as well as promote interaction and friendship between pupils and their counterparts in India.

In order to help the students meet these objectives, the school devised a medley of strategies – digital still photography and Marshall Cavendish Online’s blogging feature, to support experiential learning.

Monday, October 20, 2008

Nan Hua Primary School's e-INTERACTIONS@HOME 2008

On 16, 17 and 20th October 2008, Primary 4 students from Nan Hua Primary School took par t in e-Interactions@home 2008. They were headed by Mrs. Tan Siew Hong.

P4 subject teachers created lesson packages covering Science, Math, English and Higher Chinese subjects using the Marshall Cavendish Online LMS. They uploaded it for student’s use under Marshall Cavendish Online’s My Assignment section

The e-Interactions@home 2008 is held every year during PSLE marking days. Nine classes of P4 students were scheduled to come back to school for e-Interactions@home. Some e-learning packages were differentiated and designed to cater to the needs of P4 gifted students.

Through organised planning and designing of lesson packages and execution using Marshall Cavendish Online’s LMS, the teachers were able to pull-off a very effective and engaging e-learning day for the students.
The theme of the lesson package revolved around the Olympics with a welcoming message through a vodcast on Youtube that discussed about the history of the Olympic Flame.

1. Higher Chinese

The lesson package consists an introduction of Olympics, Beijing 2008 Olympics and a link to a vodcast showing how Singapore applied as host for the upcoming Youth Olympics in 2010 followed by a quiz about the video using Marshall Cavendish Online’s Test Builder feature.

2. Science

Using Flash player, the teachers showed how the people survived the Olympic heat during the 2004 Olympics in Athens, Greece.

3. Math

Through a PowerPoint presentation, the students learned the different kinds of graphs by showing details about the Olympics. In order to test the students’ understanding, they were given a few assignments to complete using Marshall Cavendish Online’s Test Builder feature.

4. Mainstream English

The students were tasked to do a role-playing activity where they will pretend to be interviewer or interviewee. With the use of Marshall Cavendish Online’s Chatroom, the students were able to accomplish the activity smoothly.

5. Survey

Through Marshall Cavendish Online’s Survey Module, the students were asked to answer a survey on what they think of the lesson package and the whole activity in general.