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Wednesday, March 30 • 3:30pm - 4:00pm
Paper Presentation 3/3: 316 Little Environment Journalists – Use Of Blended ICT-Tools To Enhance Confidence And Mastery In The Use Of Mother Tongue Languages LIMITED

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The proposed paper is a report on how Sembawang Primary School uses blended ICT-tools to foster confidence and mastery in Mother Tongue Languages (MTL) amongst Primary 2 pupils. 

The MTL teachers believe that aural and oral communication is a critical component in language skills, and children learn best through authentic and meaningful application of those skills. As such, an interdisciplinary strategy, combining language assignments, project work, and environmental studies, has been adopted.  

In this project, primary 2 pupils played the role of junior journalists and their task was to develop a radio news report on an environmental issue. Working in groups of 4 or 5, they had to decide on an environmental issue of interest, such as littering, presence of stray animals or recycling, and interview different segments of the public to gather their views on that issue, before putting together a 5-minute news report promoting the appropriate environmental message relating to their chosen issue. Pupils who demonstrated the capability to do more than their peers were guided to expand their product into a television news report.  

Pupils made use of the voice recording features in iPods and iPads to record their interview. They also made use of various translation, writing and voice / video editing apps to organise their thoughts and prepare their presentation. As this project spanned over a period of 2 months, and pupils had to discuss their project outside curriculum time, they were also taught to make use of online discussion tools on the school’s Learning Management System (LMS) and freeware like TodaysMeet. 

This task has enabled pupils to acquire and practice questioning and answering techniques, as well as provided them with an authentic opportunity to converse in their MTL on issues which are meaningful to them. During the course of completing the task, pupils demonstrated an enthusiasm for learning MTL. They not only looked forward to showcasing their own productions, but were also keen to listen and/or view their friends’ news reports. In addition, pupils also had the chance to develop social-emotional competencies and ICT-savviness. 

To ensure the continued success of this strategy, we recognise the need to have a structured process to establish common baseline knowledge of ICT tools amongst pupils. Teachers too, must continuously keep abreast of new ICT tools, apps and software that can better support pupils’ discussion and engagement.



Sembawang Primary School

Wednesday March 30, 2016 3:30pm - 4:00pm GMT+08
MR 329