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Technology matters, but teachers matter most of all: Heng Swee Keat

It is not simply about using more technology in education, but using it in a way that brings out the heart of education that is important.

SINGAPORE: It is not simply about using more technology in education, but using it in a way that brings out the heart of education that is important.

Education Minister Heng Swee Keat said this in a posting on his Facebook page on Sunday morning.

He noted that Singapore will have an integrated online learning portal for all primary and secondary school students by 2016.

He described it as "a most invigorating prospect", but said it's not just about using technology more.

"Ultimately it is about how we use technology to bring out the heart of education," said Mr Heng.

He brought up the example of Christchurch Secondary teacher Christopher Chee.

Mr Chee learnt from the news how professors at Duke-NUS Graduate Medical School are using flipped classrooms for team-based learning, and contacted the professors to find out more about the system.

He then got his secondary school students to watch an online video on mathematics concepts at home and adopted team-based learning in class.

He was surprised that his Normal (Technical) stream students were so engaged that they stayed beyond school hours to learn more.

Mr Heng commended Mr Chee for daring to imagine possibilities and try.

"Yes, technology matters, but teachers matter most of all," said Mr Heng. "If our teachers continue to use technology with such gutsiness, I am excited for the great learning opportunities that will open up for our children."
 

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