Teaching and Learning Conversation

245pm to 5pm, 27/2/13

Technology to support a thinking culture


Background information

Recent education developments such as flipped classrooms and blended learning, rely heavily on the meaningful integration of technology. Meaningful and skillful use of technology in teaching and learning can potentially enable better teacher-student interaction in class. Teachers can use the face-to-face time to foster thinking and engaged learning rather than knowledge transmission.


  1. The lesson sharings and hands-on workshop will enable teachers to have a better insight as to how iPad can support the school's goal to create a thinking culture among the students.
  2. iPad Champions will keep the conversation going by supporting teachers, who are usually not proactive in the use of technology in class, to integrate technology meaningfully in lessons.

Lesson Sharings

“Plug&Play” iPad enabled lessons (Zhou Peng and Low Kok Soon)

  1. We will share briefly a framework that guides us in planning and implementing iPad enabled lessons in a sustainable and achievable manner that benefits students. In particular, we will share on what we term as “Plug&Play” lessons.
  2. “Plug&Play” iPad enabled lessons refer to lessons without any detailed structured worksheets, but focused on relevant apps and playing to construct their knowledge. It is mainly used when introducing a new Maths concept to stimulate student’s interests.
  3. The features of such lessons entails teacher facilitation, questioning, students collaboration and present their findings to horn their communication skills.
  4. Lastly, we will also present certain students feedback about “Plug&Play” lessons which we have gathered."

Science Lessons with Thinking Routines and IPAD apps (Gideon Choo)

Apps shared include Nearpod, ShowMe. Also google sites. Thinking routines include See Think Wonder, Step Inside, Think Puzzle Explore.

Flipping the Classroom (Kevin Hing)

The Flipped Classroom concept and how it can encourage and also allow us to assess CTS.

Presentation material can be downloaded here.

Engaging Students in Classroom Discussion (Alvin Lam)

In a class of 30 or more students, we can devise various ways to involve all students and also carry Continuous Assessment as part of the TFU framework.

Apps Sharing

Managing your lesson with iTunes U (Lee Tat Leong)

iTunes U allows educators to create courses that reside natively in students' iPad. The technology allows for learning anytime anywhere (with caveats) and can potentially allow educators to implement the flipped classroom. This enables class time is used for thinking and learning activities rather than knowledge transmission.

Setting up a course and maintaining it is intuitive to educators who have used a LMS. Participants should be able to get a course up and running within 30 mins.

Presentation material can be downloaded here.

iBooks and iBooks Author (Mark Cordiner)

A brief demonstration and tutorial on the use of iBooks author for the creation of interactive iBooks. We will also investigate some iPad apps that can be used to create ePubs (a less interactive version of an iBook). Following this, we can have a discussion about how to use iBooks effectively in the classroom, and how it can tie in with iTunes U.

Presentation material can be downloaded via the following method

  • Go to the link http://goo.gl/oLphp in Safari on your iPad and select download.

  • Once it's finished loading, select "Open in iBooks".

  • Please note that you'll need the updated iBooks app on your iPad to view the file.

Using Nearpod in lessons (Him Nok)

Sharing on apps ""Nearpod"" to improve on class management and individual assessment.

Nearpod is an app that bring the classroom to life with interactive mobile presentations that teachers create and customize themselves. It is able to:

a) Create interactive classes with ease

b) Share content in real time (drawings, quiz, poll etc..)

c) Engage student through multimedia

d) Control students' devices

Using Edmodo in lessons (Shobah)

How Edmodo can be used as a platform for students to learn from one another, as well as for teacher to provide feedback. Teachers can also use this platform to post links/notes etc where students can refer to easily and yet not be distracted.Especially for language/humanities subjects.

Multimodal Analysis software tool (Suria)

The aim was to provide students with a way to structure their thought processes using Richard Paul’s Wheel of Reasoning, a tool for questioning ideas, claims and perspectives, and to give them a platform to demonstrate their critical thinking skills. We can use the tool to allow students to review their performance by making annotations on specific segments of the video and evaluating the performance using Richard Paul's Intellectual Standards for Critical Thinking.

Goodnotes (Alvin Lam)

Give yourself the liberty of handing out more text and passages anytime, guide students through the process of taking and analyzing notes!

Softball game Analysis and Batting and Pitching Mechanics Analysis using Apps like: CoachMyVideo, Dartfish Express, RVP, K-Force lite (Goh Yong Hang)

The apps allows coaches/teachers to conveniently and quickly provide visual feedback to athletes on what is good and what needs to be adjusted or corrected. It allows coaches/teachers to identify the fault and prescribe drills to strengthen the mechanics or to fix a mechanics.

  1. It is to allow athletes to see what the coaches/teachers see and internalised what is right/wrong.
  2. To understand the rationale of the drills and do it right (mechanically and visually) everytime.
  3. It is also helps coaches identify fault which normally wil escape even the most trained eyes. The Apps has dramaticaly improves the communication between coaches and athletes.

Your reflection

Click here to access the reflection for the TLC session.

Thank you.