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Thursday, March 31 • 10:30am - 11:00am
Paper Presentation 5/4: 086 Making Learning Statistics Applicable In Real World Context For Secondary One Normal Technical (NT) Students – Deepening Mathematics Learning With Mobile Technologies – A Case Study LIMITED

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One of the challenges faced by Mathematics teachers in the Normal Technical (NT) classes is to design lessons that allow Secondary One NT Mathematics students to experience and apply what they learned in their classroom in the real world context. Students need to experience that the mathematics concepts and skills acquired in the classroom are relevant in the real world. They need to develop numeracy, reasoning, thinking skills, and problem solving skills through the learning and application of mathematics (G. Polya, "How to Solve It", 2nd Ed., Princeton University Press, 1957). Such authentic design lessons would offer these students the opportunities for creative work and moments of enlightenment and joy, which will eventually motivate them to have positive attitudes towards the learning of mathematics.

Lave and Wenger (1991) argue that learning is situated within authentic activities and context. They highlighted that learning is more likely to take place when the learners can put what they learned to use immediately in authentic situations. With the theoretical underpinnings and student needs in mind, the teachers from Manjusri Secondary School Singapore and officers from Ministry of Education Singapore came together to co-design and customise a school-based innovative Statistics lesson to pique secondary one NT students’ interest in learning mathematics.

Literature reviews have highlighted how technology, in the form of mobile devices, have served as mediating tools, allowing students to capitalise on the situation and encouraging communication and archiving (Shih, Chuang, & Hwang, 2010; Tan & So, 2011). In this innovative curriculum, the lessons are designed to connect what they learned in Mathematics with Computer Applications (CPA) knowledge and situating them in a real world context, supported by the use of mobile devices and applications such as Padlet, Google Sites, Google Forms and Google Sheets.

In this presentation, we will share how the Secondary One NT students use the mobile devices and Google Apps to record contextual information and how technologies can be embedded with scaffolds to guide data collection and facilitate interaction in a real world setting. Our findings showed that these technology-supported lessons have deepened students’ understanding of statistical application and interest in mathematics. One of the teachers reflected, “The hands-on data collection (in the field) and interpretation was essential for (the students) to make connection with their statistics topic.”

Finally, conference participants will learn critical success factors and how we circumvent challenges and how our design considerations can be adapted for use in a different subject area or context. 



MOE, Educational Technology Division


Manjusri Secondary School



Thursday March 31, 2016 10:30am - 11:00am GMT+08
MR 330