Singapore University of Technology and Design (SUTD)
On 25 July, 2016, SST formalised its collaboration with SUTD in a Memorandum of Understanding. One of the joint initiatives includes the Annual SUTD-SST Big-D Camp which aims to groom young leaders with the passion and aptitude for Science,Technology,Engineering and Mathematics (STEM) and design . In the pipeline are plans for a SUTD-SST Makers Club, joint workshops and a lecture series.
Ngee Ann Polytechnic (NP) and Nanyang Technological University (NTU)
On 3 March 2009, SST sealed its partnership with NP and NTU. The close collaboration with these two institutions of higher learning helps SST provide a myriad of learning opportunities and possibilities for our students.
Since SST’s establishment, NP has provided SST with ample opportunities to groom our students into world-ready and future-looking leaders through innovative technology and applied learning. Apart from supporting SST in offering Applied Subjects to its Upper Secondary students, NP organises an Exploring Entrepreneurship Camp (EEC), which is held annually for our Secondary One students.
The EEC is a two-day event, in which the students are engaged in a series of fun and interactive lessons conducted by NP’s School of Business and Accountancy (BA) lecturers. They work in groups and undergo a range of brainstorming activities to learn the fundamentals of how to start and sustain a business. At the end of the camp, each group will present their ideas to the NP lecturers and the top three teams will win medals and prizes.
The camp equips SST students with useful skills and knowledge that they can utilise as young innovators and entrepreneurs of Singapore. Students who have taken part in this camp have displayed great interest and also recommended this camp to future students of SST.
Students also get to attend a SST-NTU Flagship Programme that aims to introduce and inspire SST students towards the fields of Engineering and Applied Sciences.
Since 2011, our students have been participating actively in the programme and walked away with memorable experiences, useful skills and knowledge. Read on for highlights of the very first camp where students were allowed to choose their area of interest from the range of projects proposed by the NTU professors, and work under the mentorship of a Scientist or an Engineer.
To find out more, please click the links below to view their presentations:
Project 6: The Chemistris Game (Professor Seah Hock Soon)
Project 3A: Caffeine Extraction (Dr Linda Sellou)
Project 4: Control and Operation of a Large-scale Distillation Column (Assistant Professor Raymond Lau)
Project 2: Microscopic Analysis of Cells and Tissues and its Application in Human Disease Diagnostics (Dr Kenneth Yu)
Lab School @ SST is a professional development platform where participants get to envisage how their schools/ educational institutions can embed ICT-enriched applied learning experiences in their curriculum and pedagogy as well as propagate a culture of innovation and collaboration. It is aimed at educators with the drive and agency to impact learning in their schools. The programme’s repertoire of classroom observations, critique sessions, co-designing lessons and experiential learning will level up participants’ adeptness in the use of technology for meaningful teaching and learning. Through these various activities, participants will gain insights from practitioners on the instrumental factors that had ensured successful technology use in the classrooms. The presence of SST teacher buddies will also help to stimulate teachers’ creativity and ideation as well as to provide teachers with the confidence and a support network. Finding multiple ICT-enabled strategies that teachers can use to teach the same subject matter or topic would be invaluable to the participants.
The Lab School @ SST will bring partners together on a common platform to:
- Share teaching & learning practices in applied learning approaches.
- Create Ideation space in the use of technology to support applied learning.
- Create opportunities for future collaboration.
- Build up SST’s brand as a leader and a centre for pedagogy and research
Participants who have attended the Lab School @ SST would be competent in conducting structured ICT-integrated lessons. The learning would be subsequently applied in preparing and conducting the lessons back at their schools. As part of capacity building, SST teacher buddies would also sit in for several lesson design sessions for the purpose of providing input to the lessons plans. Such sessions are productive avenues not only for the improvement of the lesson ideas but also for future collaboration of like-minded practitioners. In the long run, there can be cascading of ideas and adoption of practices by other teachers to impact student learning in their respective schools. Participants’ learning will be documented in iBooks, which can then be published on iTunes U for sharing with the community.
SST is proud to be initiated as one of the founding members of the Strategic Alliance of Global Educators (SAGE), a professional network that facilitates extensive sharing of pedagogical ideas, resources and best practices in 21st century learning.
The alliance establishes a structure for educational institutions from different regions (America, Europe and Asia-Pacific) that have a common goal to work together and to provide a platform for member institutions to reach out to their target audience in other regions. In SAGE, SST unites with other top forward-looking and innovative schools from around the world, such as the Nanyang Girls’ High School (Singapore), Scotch College Melbourne (Australia), The Perse School (Cambridge, UK), Menlo School (California, USA) and Peking University (Beijing, China), to name a few. The partnership would also allow our staff and students to tap on the experience and knowledge of established institutions through platforms such as learning journeys, exchanges and workshops.
At the inaugural SAGE Conference in Grand Copthorne Hotel, the participants not only heard and interacted with visionary speakers but also took part in discussions during the different Special Interest Groups. During one of the sharings, SST’s Mathematics teacher, Mr Nur Johari Bin Salleh, presented on how he employed the use of technology and applications ,such as Linoit and Googlespread sheet, to support pedagogy and collaborative learning in his lessons. Such tools, though easily accessible, are still not comprehensively adopted by many mainstream school teachers.
In addition, Mr Aurelius Yeo, Distinguished Apple Educator and Subject Head of Information and Communications Technology (ICT) at SST presented on how 1 to 1 computing differentiates, engages and broadens learning beyond classroom. Professor Su Guaning, SST’s Chairman and President Emeritus at the School of Electrical and Electronic Engineering at Nanyang Technological University (NTU), also facilitated the panel discussion on creating a 21st century classroom.
SAGE intends to reach out to reach as to many interested schools as possible from all regions. They will not only continue co-create knowledge in a culturally diverse world and bring education leaders together in a cross-cultural network with respectful partnership and exchange of expertise, but also widen the spheres of influence of education institutions.
In 2013, SAGE launched the first SAGE journal, a compilation of case studies and research papers in educations written by teachers of SAGE member schools to serve as a practical reference for teachers and also to move towards closer international collaboration.
Do click on the link below to access the e-copy of the journal
For further information, please refer to http://www.sagesch.org
Scaffolded Algorithmic Inquiry-based Learning (SAILing)
On 8 November 2012, SST, along with Tree of Knowledge – Tree of Life (ToKToL) signed a Memorandum of Understanding (MOU). Both parties will begin collaborations to develop an online platform, Scaffolded Algorithmic Inquiry-based Learning (SAILing), that promotes independent learning in the O-Level Chemistry syllabus.
In SAILing, the student selects a topic from the Chemistry curriculum and will attempt a series of multiple-choice questions associated with the subject. Based on their answers selected, the intelligent algorithm will adjust the difficulty of the subsequent questions, so as to ensure that the students will be challenged at the appropriate level.
SAILing is a responsive system which advocates individually customised or differentiated or adaptive learning. It allows students to not only assess their strengths in the relevant individual Chemistry topics, but are also able to encourage self-directed research on their weaker topics. Teachers will also be able to utilise the statistical analysis in SAILing to modify their lessons to meet the needs of their students.
As a Futureschool, SST is constantly exploring consequential uses of innovative technology and applications to enrich the learning experiences of our students. The new SAILing system has the ability to customise in accordance with the students’ aptitude and understanding of concepts as well as to encourage independent learning. It is a comprehensive system of adaptive learning that will allow teachers to provide customised differentiated learning experience to students as they work independently. The system response to provide the next level of learning according to students’ mastery of the various concepts in Chemistry.
SST aims to pilot SAILing in semester 2, 2013 to the Secondary three and four students first, so as to allow them to determine their current level of competency in Chemistry and to facilitate their O-Level revisions respectively.
On 25 January 2011, RDFZ Xishan School – 人大附中西山学校 and SST signed a Memorandum of Understanding to promote exchanges between the two schools in the field of education and learning.
In the same year, on 18 April 2011, SST signed a Memorandum of Understanding with Yothinburana School, Thailand for the purpose of working in close partnership with each other.
Additionally, SST has been collaborating closely with two other institutions in Brunei and Vietnam; Maktab Sains Paduka Seri Begawan Sultan (MSPSBS) and Hoa Lu Junior High School respectively. The partnership between SST and these schools has provided SST with the opportunity to embark on a series of Global Citizenship Programmes (GCPs) with them, in which the students will develop an interest in local and global issues, especially the understanding of Singapore’s relationships with ASEAN, Asia and other parts of the world.
We would like to thank all our partners for playing an important role in the development of students and we look forward to your continuing support in building a future for our students.
In May 2016, SST became a guest member of the International Science Schools Network (ISSN), having demonstrated strengths in STEM education.