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.