EdTech Sparkplug

EdTech Sparkplug, a major highlight at the Resource Exhibition, provides delegates an opportunity to learn how the latest educational technology can enhance teaching and learning for the educators of today.  Featuring an exciting line-up of innovative educational technologies, presenters bring you the brightest spark that will make a difference.  Join us and gain a deep insight into the latest teaching and learning technology.

 

30 March 2016, Wednesday

Time

Presenter

Title/Synopsis

1100 – 1145 hours

Microsoft

IMPROVING INSIGHTS AND ACTIONS FOR LEARNING: PREDICTIVE ANALYTICS FOR EARLY WARNINGS IN EDUCATION

Educators and researchers have learned that “No single way of teaching works best with all students. Because students differ in motivation, interests, and abilities, using a wide repertoire of approaches … is essential,” (Cuban, n.p. 2015). Among the 138 influences on learning examined by Hattie (2014), positive influences include acceleration, feedback, spaced practice, mastery learning, and time on task. Given that we know each student has unique and ever-changing needs, and we know a great deal about factors that influence learning, how do teachers personalize the learning experience for each student? How do schools build capacity with approaches and content that work well for learning?

In recent years, we have answered this question with data. Across many countries, teachers and school leaders have access to increasing flows of data and data tools including custom dashboards. These data and reports have positively influenced teaching and learning by providing a clear view of student progress. However, the data tools do not always offer recommendations for a student’s next steps in learning, and they require specialized skills as well as time for best effect. New reports show that while “virtually all teachers (93 percent) regularly use some form of digital tool to guide instruction, more than two-thirds of teachers (67 percent), across a vast range of schools [in the US], say they are not fully satisfied with the effectiveness of the data or the tools for working with data that they have access to on a regular basis,” (Gates Foundation, p.3, 2015). 

In this presentation session, we will present and explore various scenarios where we can harness the power of technology and data to create an environment where educators will have an enhanced and greater insights into individual student’s learning capabilities.

1200 – 1245 hours

Marshall Cavendish Education

ENHANCING E-LEARNING EXPERIENCE OF MATHS WITH DIFFERENTIATED INSTRUCTION

Our classrooms are filled with students of diverse cultures, cognitive abilities and learning needs. The challenge to engage these students is enormous.

A growing body of research has shown the positive impact of implementing Differentiated Instruction in classrooms with students of different learning needs.

e-Learning has been one of the preferred solutions to enhance the learning experience of Maths with content catered to students with different abilities, pace and styles.

The Maths Learning Solution, an online learning solution, is designed with the aim of improving student's learning of Mathematics. The solution engages the students with interactive lessons and presents tasks that are tailored to their learning ability. It promotes the acquisition and application of mathematical skills both within and outside the classroom.

The integrated lessons were designed using the Differentiated Instruction Framework that enables students to gain knowledge and skills and provides a platform for them to demonstrate understanding.

This presentation will include a sharing of the learning experience by participating schools. There will also be a showcase of the use of the Maths Learning Solution in facilitating the development of conceptual understanding for Maths.

1300 – 1345 hours

LogicMills Learning Centre Pte Ltd

MEASUREMENT OF 21ST CENTURY SKILLS WITH ONLINE GAME DEVELOPED IN SINGAPORE

The future of education is soft skills. It is more about cultivating the character that students need for a lifetime of learning, problem-solving, and decision making.

21st Century Skills are the skills that determine college and career readiness. There is a growing global consensus among educators and industry professionals as to what skills these are, and the importance of these skills has become a national priority.

A useful schema for 21st Century Skills, which captures between 90% to 95% of the lists of skills that have been suggested by various experts, is as follows:

a) Situational Intelligence: The skills we need to make good decision in the changing world:

b) Jump in and know where you are: Sizing up an environment

c) Know what you can do: Identify options and think ahead

d) Do it and see if it works: Responsive to environmental feedback

 

2. Collaborative Intelligence: The skills we need to work with other people:

a) Talk with other people: Communication Skills

b) Organize how you work with other people: Team building, formal team dynamics and structures.

c) Share your feelings with others: EQ1 (Know yourself), EQ2 (Manage yourself), EQ3(Know others), EQ4 (Manage relationship with others) 

 

3. Global Intelligence: The qualities we need to be an effective global citizen

a) First, know your values

b) Thereafter, you can be open to others from all walks of life

c) This openness takes the form of drawing upon your own talents and talents of others, sometimes leading and sometimes following, to get things done

d) When you are comfortable doing all this, you are a global citizen

 

Situational Intelligence (SQ), Collaborative Intelligence (CQ) & Global Intelligence (GQ) prepares the student the capability to think on his own feet no matter where they go, as a global citizen in the 21st Century.

In order allow the student to be aware of their 21st Century Skill profile, MirMe - the world’s first online game based assessment of 21st Century Skills was developed to address this need. With this understanding, we can identify the training needs for the student. In addition, the outcome of any intervention can now be measured with MirMe.

In this talk, Prof Mark will provide a demo and more insights into how to effectively use MirMe and 21st Century Skills to increase the competencies of students.

1500 – 1545 hours

KooBits Pte Ltd

KOOBITS FLIPCLASS – BLENDED LEARNING FOR PRIMARY STUDENTS

Promoting Self-Blend Learning Model among Primary School Students

Technology-based training emerged as an alternative to instructor-led training with the rising ICT adoption in education and is gaining global momentum. Blended learning refers to any time a student learns, at least in part, at a brick-and-mortar facility and through online delivery with student control over time, place, path or pace. The major advantage that blended learning offers is scale, whereas one instructor can only teach so many people. Blended learning is a disruptive innovation in education that can take many forms.

This presentation introduces what blended learning is, why it’s spreading, and the experiments we have done at KooBits to test different blended learning models, particularly how to promote Self-Blend model among primary school students and monitor the learning outcomes. The presentation will also discuss about the various challenges and obstacles faced by teachers, students, and platform designers.

1600 – 1645 hours

Epson

SMART-EPSON INTERACTIVE PROJECTOR TIE UP

 

Epson would present on the collaboration between EPSON touch interactive projector and SMART Notebook software. Followed by demonstration of how this combination helps educators create content on the fly, access online resources at a shoe string budget.  Epson would present integrated solutions to tackle educators’ needs, consisting of Projectors, Business inkjet printers and Head mount device.

1700 – 1745 hours

Google for Education

SNAP TO SHARE WITH GOOGLE PHOTOS

It can be a challenge to find time in the school day to take photos of student learning and then organize, edit and share them later. And yet we all know the importance of communicating the great learning happening in our classrooms. Google Photos is the answer to finding a fast and easy photo workflow. Come to this workshop to learn tips for taking better photos and a workflow for taking, organizing, editing, and sharing photos with your school community on the go. In order to participate in this workshop, you will need a mobile device with the Google Photos app installed (available for Android and iOS).

31 March 2016, Thursday

Time

Presenter

Title/Synopsis

1000 – 1045 hours

Marshall Cavendish Education

AN ALL-INCLUSIVE ETEXTBOOK AS A TEACHING FACILITATOR IN THE CYBER ERA

 

Marshall Cavendish Education aims to develop a holistic all-in-one cross-platform electronic textbook by integrating key elements of learning in one programme, for example “Assessment for learning”, “Student profiling”, “Self-directed learning” and “Motivated learning”. This session will delve into the experiences and international perspectives of an ICT educator and a former Education Bureau Officer in Hong Kong, and share with delegates, the thoughts and ideas of the direction and development of ICT in Hong Kong.

1100 – 1145 hours

Google for Education

PAPERLESS ASSESSMENTS IN LANGUAGE LEARNING CLASS

 

Have you ever felt overwhelmed by the piles of papers for grading and assessing? Did you know that Google Apps can make paperless assessments possible? It’s true! No more paper assessments! During this session, the participants will learn how Google Apps work as tools to do different types of assessment. You will walk away with several ideas which can be used for lessons as early as next

1200 – 1245 hours

Integral Solutions (Asia) Pte Ltd

USING MACHINE LEARNING TO MAKE EDUCATION SMARTER

 

Learn how insights generated from school based assessment data help educators make better data-driven decisions to improve teaching practices and remediation plans. Educators can now automatically discover the different factors influencing student weaknesses as well as how these factors impact their future learning.

We will demonstrate how to use predictive analytics to derive student learning insights and enable educators to address learning gaps of individual students. It will show how educator can:

  • gain rapid insights of individual student’s performance
  • uncover influencing factors affecting student’s weaknesses
  • discover irregular performance of students and help them achieve their maximum potential

AIM@iSTAR is a project supported by the Education team at the Infocomm Development Authority of Singapore (IDA).

1300 – 1345 hours

Lego Education

MAKE LEARNING COME TO LIFE WITH LEGO EDUCATION WEDO 2.0

 

Hands-on session where educators will experience how WeDo 2.0 takes science exploration out of textbooks and places it directly in the hands of students using this robot-based learning system

1400 – 1445 hours

Learning Analytic Pte Ltd

SIGNIFICANTLY ENHANCING MATH CREATIVITY USING VEDIC MATHEMATICS AND MATH2SHINE LEARNING TECHNOLOGY.

 

In the last many decades, we have seen tremendous and progressive growth in the field of mathematics. Most of this development has occurred in the domain for higher mathematics. However, there is limited research and growth in the field of elementary mathematics. Children learn elementary math through a rigid structure whereby they ultimately lose interest in math. This is where Vedic Mathematics comes in, as it provides an avenue that inculcates interest and creativity for math in children. When we combine Vedic Mathematics with School Mathematics, it can bring significant improvement in children Math skills.

We have developed a state of the art software application that generates math worksheets for School system and Speed Math using Vedic system. Our content covers over 1500 worksheets in the primary school system Children attempt these worksheets and all their learning parameters are captured in real time in our user friendly software. This software also triggers collaboration between students, parents and teachers. All the learning data is analysed in detail to allow for quick and easy advancement. We have also obtained feedback and conducted scientific studies to demonstrate that the children who learn School Maths and Vedic Mathematics are highly efficient, highly creative and achieve a better understanding of numbers and patterns.

This presentation is aimed to demonstrate the value of Math2Shine learning technology. It also aims to determine that the Vedic Math value will enhance the creativity and efficiency in math for our future generations to come.

1500 – 1545 hours

Latize

UNCOVERING INSIGHTS FOR HOLISTIC STUDENT DEVELOPMENT THROUGH ANALYTICS

 

Learn how relationships and insights can be drawn out by semantically linking a variety of academic and non-academic datasets to understand student holistically and conduct personalised intervention, design development plans and school policies to enhance students’ holistic development.