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Updated: 04/26/2013 20:42 | By Channel NewsAsia

More primary schools may see students using smartphones to learn

More primary schools may see students using smartphones to learn


More primary schools may see students using smartphones to learn

SINGAPORE: More primary schools in Singapore may see students using smartphones to aid learning in classrooms.

This, after a year-long technology trial in Nan Chiau Primary School was found to be successful.

Primary Three students in the school were put through an English and Science curriculum using a specially-developed smartphone programme.

After going through the programme, curriculum developers of the system said students' oral English skills and ability to ask and respond to questions improved. 

Within a year,  the developers said students' abilities to question jumped by 18 per cent while another 27 per cent leap was seen in aptitudes to understand and answer scientific questions.

But smartphones can also be misused.

Nan Chiau Primary School’s principal, Tan Chun Ming said: "Some of the cases we have encountered in school include students visiting the wrong website as well as you know, using it beyond what is required, you know, to access YouTube clips and things like that. And what the school is doing to mitigate all these ill-effects is we have a multi-pronged approach."

That includes cyber education lessons from lower-primary onwards, as well as getting pupils to watch over each other.

The curriculum is being expanded to include Primary Four students in the school.

Developers of the programme plan to work with more schools to roll out the smartphone curriculum. - CNA/ck

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