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Thursday, March 31 • 2:00pm - 2:30pm
Paper Presentation 7/7: 512 A Holistic Approach To Cyber Wellness Education At Pre-University Level LIMITED

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This presentation builds on MOE’s sharing (“Developing Student Leadership in Cyber Wellness Through Peer Advocacy Approach”) on their promotion of the peer advocacy approach for cyber wellness education amongst students in Singapore schools. It will focus on sharing Innova Junior College’s own experience in developing a comprehensive Cyber Wellness education programme at the Pre-University level utilising a “for students, by students” approach.

Since 2012, this peer advocacy approach has been developed through the engagement of student advocates in a wide range of internal and external events and activities of varying complexity, from the delivery of lessons to the conceptualisation of campaigns and learning resources. While some aspects of the programme remain teacher-driven, the main thrust of the college’s Cyber Wellness initiatives is now focused upon student-led approaches – ranging from student-led lessons to student-designed school campaigns and also student-led national Cyber Wellness conferences.  The collaborations with partners such as MOE and MDA/MLC also provided useful insights on cyber wellness and media literacy issues.

The key advantage of partnering students in cyber wellness education is the age-appropriate insights and experiences they bring into the discussions and learning resources. Feedback gathered over the years suggest that these student-led initiatives are consistently well-received, with high numbers (over 90%) of students polled finding the issues covered, relevant to their current day context.  Over 90% of students also liked the idea of having their peers conduct such lessons and/or running such events. For instance, participants shared that student-led lessons were a good idea as it was “very entertaining” and the fact that his/her peers were conducting the lesson “really captured the audience’s attention.”

Overall, this presentation hopes to share with participants the college’s experience in developing Cyber Wellness student ambassadors and working with them and external partners for a range of digital citizenship learning experiences. It will be closely aligned to one of the strands of iCTLT 2016: Inspiring Deep Learning with ICT in Curriculum, Assessment and Pedagogy, and is underpinned by the belief that a bottom-up (rather than top-down) approach could allow students more ownership and is more effective for cultivating core values in our students. Through this, it hopes to highlight the increasing need to move beyond just academics to ensure that our young can navigate this new digital age adroitly with respect, decency and a sense of civic responsibility.

Presenters
JG

JASPER GOH HAN MING

Innova Junior College
RL

RENDY LIWANG

Innova Junior College
WM

WONG MIN YIN

School of Science and Technology, Singapore


Thursday March 31, 2016 2:00pm - 2:30pm GMT+08
MR 334