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Singapore's 21st-Century Teaching Strategies (Education Everywhere Series)

By cultivating strong school leadership, committing to ongoing professional development, and exploring innovative models like its technology-infused Future Schools, Singapore has become one of the top-scoring countries on the PISA tests. Find more videos from Edutopia’s YouTube Channel:

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  1. Wowww!!!! Amazing facilities they have.

  2. if singapore education is successful, then WHY, WHY no singaporean Nobel prize winner???????? Even one, why??

  3. My personal opinion off course I think pen & pencil is the bset tool's for the children to sharpen their creative skills. modern technology is good but not for all the subjects .It's true new generation gives more interested to work with technology. 2nd thing is that all the school's willl not able to provide this facility . hope for a better future .🖒 tracher Sri L

  4. Access to tools and having access to great teaching are two different things. Singaporean Teachers to me are one the hardest working in the business of education. in my opinion also amongst the most technically knowledgeable- although, not all apply their technical knowledge about teaching. The Teachers here similar to those in Finland – very highly educated, and they are in my opinion a big part of the strength of the Singapore Education system. A lot of people talk about PISA scores as if they are the holy grail gold standard of quality education. I highly doubt that, because America with their Harvard and Yales and Israel with their TOP notched Scientists tell me maybe we’re not really understanding what the PISA scores mean.i personally, would not bank on the PISA tests to determine the quality of Singaporean schools. The Pisa test scores can indicate a lot of things, it can positively correlate to high suicide rates amongst students and stress levels…. i mean…look at the top 6 countries.. Japan, Taiwan, Korea, China.. Singapore… countries where student suicide as a result of academic stress is a norm. Therefore, we may need to look into other measures of education where we still have sound pedagogy, engaged students, a strong teacher community and very productive outcomes and at the same time sound mental health support systems for the students and Teachers (it’s quite common in Singapore for Teachers to seek medical help from the Institute of Mental Health). We’ve done pretty good in terms of ensuring kids are healthy and physically active and yet have strong academic supports, but we’ve failed them in terms of their social emotional and character education. I also feel that it wouldn’t be fair to expect Singaporean Teachers who are a product of the same system to be able to lead and guide students in these 3 areas on TOP of academics and etc. Therefore the ministry may need to think wisely instead of just mechanically producing curriculums based on scientifically evident papers.. and coming up with rubrics that have very little meaning in real life. And I am certain given the way Singapore is, something will be done to prevent studies related suicide. I am certain we will like we have many times overcome the odds and come up with something ingenious and of extremely high quality. We just need to care enough about our children and help them carve out a way that is better than our own. Our children are no longer part of the post-industrial stage.. they are the future.. and we owe it to them, because we are relying on them to bring our country forward. Not crumble at every challenge, hoping for a model answer for them to memorise for an exam that is almost a replica of an assessment book.

  5. I remembered in my school here in our country, we use media and technology such as laptops, computers, PowerPoint presentations, phones, and the Internet, but not all of the time, because not all of the students are wealthy enough to afford to have those personal technologies, and not everybody are used on using them. We also still use pen and paper, and our teacher also use black board with chalk or white board with white board pen, but I also remembered that instead of copying lectures from the board onto paper or notebook, some of my classmates will just take a picture of the lessons on the board, post it in Facebook, and then we (the class) will just download it from the Internet for our own use. Some of our lectures/lessons also are posted in Facebook or sent to us through Gmail. In the end, we still do write down our lessons and lectures, because aside form technological literacy, communication through handwriting is still an important skill. Also, we get to develop our penmanship and my teachers and some of my classmates admire a good, clear, and well-written writing with good penmanship. Still, not all schools do that in my country. Most schools are still poor, without access to ICT and technologies, and without access even to good classroom facilities and electricity. Most don't have access to quality education, have less teachers, no 1:1 computer ratios, some don't have computers at all, and most are having a class of 50 to 80 students in a classroom due to lack of classrooms and teachers instead of the standard 35-40 students for 1 teacher. Teachers aren't also all competitive and engaging, and some aren't teaching students well, aren't teaching on time and on intended schedule, aren't planning the method of teaching for a lesson well, are too busy with other school programs and heavy requirements of the Education Department, some treat high school students as college students in their style of teaching and aren't very engaging and inspiring, some don't teach and don't take the competencies and lessons seriously, and some teachers are either so strict or so boring. Nevertheless, I enjoyed my schooling time. I had a lot of fun doing short films, participating in role plays, doing interviews and reports, creating classroom musicals, designing artworks, traveling to do short films and documentaries, doing creative stuffs, joining school activities and programs, and being inspired from some of my great teachers .We also give focus and emphasis on the arts and to sports or games, and other extra-curricular activities and intelligences. Our schools aren't always focused on academics but also into building character, values, unique skills, and talents. Our school aren't also focused on tests too much but more on entrepreneurship, having skills and real-life experiences and applications, doing simulations and having immersions, conducting engagements with community, and more time for building friendships, companionship, and to also have fun. Everything just starts to change during college, where it gets a little to more hectic and so serious with less fun time.

  6. i disagree.personal and sincere attention engages students

  7. In near future, routine jobs, even engineering works are to be done by robots with AI. Human work is more and more geared towards creativity and invention. Heavy homework will deter both. Will not be good to economy in the long term. A relaxed learning environment with fun in the learning process is crucial. After suitable induction, secondary school kids can learn things by themselves not following the criiculum. That is to be encouraged.
    Previously I applied to Nee An Polytech twice. The first time I was 23 years old after my Bachelor Degree. The Polytech came to HK and asked for an interview, which I only appeared briefly and told the person that I got another job. The second time I was 40 years old. I was in Singapore looking for an alternate job while I was working uncomfortable in another company. The person interviewed me said that I talked like I misunderstood Ngee An Polytech as something like MIT and therefore rejected my application.

  8. There has to be a balance between technology and good old fashioned paper and pen. So many studies have emphasized the negative impacts of longterm computer/device usage. We don't have to throw the baby out with the bathwater. I still appreciate Maria Montessori's strategies for learning although they were developed more than a 100 years ago. From infancy, fuel a child's innate desire for learning. It's the push for grades and achievement that causes undue stress which ultimately kills the joy of learning. Think about why you love learning as an adult and then, use that to inspire your classroom.

  9. Can you make video on difference between india school and singapur school

  10. good, there is another method of teaching for mentally handicapped

  11. same education also is in india

  12. Not so effective way of teaching. Because you are not employing the leveraged technology into the real life. Your intent is to utilize the technology i.e. just one sided.

  13. How much ever good the technology is, pen and paper must not be discarded since it makes a student more efficient than getting ready made notes.

  14. Singapore schools stressed my kids out. There was no holistic development. Yeah they do this and that but its overloading a child and they are stressed out!!!!! My kids are happier and studied better and are more confident now having moved out to India. I am glad I did it!!

  15. i can see passion in teaching kids to something in interesting and convenient way in teacher’s eyes, not just say something they can read in the books and get out of the school earlier..

  16. What do you think about Finland's education system? Are they successfully in educating the next generation?

    *sorry for my bad grammar

  17. An inspiration for all teachers in all countries

  18. Is use of technology equivalent to watching a movie or playing a game?
    If so, then what’s the focus? The visual-auditory real-time content, or the psychomotor skills or the discovery of application or the simulation of real-world experience?

  19. Could anyone please tell me more about that amazing tool by which students can ask questions in the same time through tweets?

  20. To whom it may concern

    İ am Şahin Çevik from Turkey. İ am a homeroom teacher who travels all around the world for education. i am wiriting to you on behalf of our team which consist of fifteen teachers. We are planning to be at Singapore next summer. We would like to visit your school to watch Singapore's educational system. We could share our educational experiences with Turkish educators community. We have planned to visit your school at July 17-22'th .we want to visit your country and your schools especially to understand the success of public schools.

    İt would be nice of you. İf you could inform us the availability of the school

    Ps: You can visit my blog at

    Best Regards
    Şahin Çevik

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