Infocomm Technology (ICT) / Media Resources Library (MRL) Department

ICT, MRL
Head of Department Mrs. Nancy Tan - Chan
Subject Head (ICT/MRL) Mdm. Koh Shini

MISSION

  • To be an ICT-enriched learning environment where pupils can expand learning horizons to hear up Opportunities as Responsible citizens.
  • To promote the love of reading and cultivate good reading habits so as to ignite pupil' interests to discover new horizons and improve their learning.

 

VISION

  • Every Child an ICT C.E.O
  • Opulent World of Learning

 

ICT

WGPS ICT FRAME WORK

Curriculum

Primary 1 to Primary 3

  • Basic word processing skills
  • Gathering, recording and presentation of information using various ICT software and tools
  • Be exposed to latest IT educational tools and gadgets

 

Primary 4 to Primary 6

  • Use the internet for email and research
  • Advanced word and image processing skills using MS office applications such as MSWord, PPT and Publisher
  • Handling of data and basic analysis using MS office application such as Excel
  • Produce a short presentation with available multimedia elements
  • Cyber wellness

 

Programmes

1. Cyberwellness

Cyber Wellness refers to the positive well-being of internet users. It involves an understanding of the risks of harmful online behaviours, an awareness of how to protect oneself and other internet users from such behaviours.

With the introduction of CCE Cyber Wellness Framework, WGPS’ Cyber Wellness Framework  has realigned itself to the objectives of CCE. However, the fundamentals remain the same:

Focusing on developing our children’s instinct to protect themselves, empowering them to take responsibility for their own well-being in cyberspace.

WGPS’ Cyber Wellness Programme focuses on:

  • Educating Cyber Wellness
  • Reinforcing Learning
  • Engaging the Parents

Our educating of Cyber Wellness builds on the following:

  • Multiple Intelligence words (Linguistic Intelligence)
  • Numbers or logic (Logical-mathematical Intelligence)
  • Pictures (Spatial Intelligence)
  • Music (Musical Intelligence)
  • Self-reflection (Intrapersonal Intelligence)
  • A physical experience (bodily-kinesthetic intelligence)
  • A social experience (interpersonal intelligence), and/or
  • An experience in the natural world. (naturalist intelligence)

drama valus outdoor songs   cyber wellness mascots - sharky & memo

The programme package targets our 3 major stakeholders, our teachers, pupils and parents. The mode of delivery to our pupils is via:

  • Mass lectures
  • Self-directed Learning
  • Recess activities

The topics for education of cyber wellness include:

  • Gaming Addiction
  • Cyber Bullying
  • Managing Online Friendship
  • Protecting Personal Information
  • Dangers of Cyber Contacts
  • Netiquette
  • Handling Inappropriate Content

2. Digital Café, a place for learning 21st Century Skills

Taking a quiet and unused corner of the school, we created a beautiful place for learning. The Digital Café operates during recesses on Thursdays, to support our department’s various initiatives, from cyber wellness education to skills training. Pupils are constantly given an assortment of activities to undertake, allowing them to learn with and about ICT, even outside of their ICT Lab lessons.

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3. Magical Forest, A platform for Self-Directed Learning

What comes to your mind when you hear the term: ‘Magical Forest’? Well it is exactly the same stirring of curiosity and imagination that we want to evoke in our students. The term is specially chosen for its contrast in the field of ICT.

The word ‘Forest’ is chosen to act as a metaphor to showcase the diversity, exuberance and growth in a free growing eco-system. The word ‘Magical’ is chosen to signify what ‘magic’ – technology can do in our learning and play. Born from the many experiences, thoughts and ideas of a team of classroom teachers from the department, it seeks to enmesh the desire to teach students well and to implement elements of the MOE initiatives of Self-directed Learning.

Devices at the Magical Forest platform are configured ready to use at the click of a button. The desktop has a spread of different function tools. These tools are grouped according to the types and then subjects.

Self-directed Learning is highlighted as an essential skill for citizens of the 21st century. The Magical Forest is a perfect platform for pupils of all levels to engage in self-directed learning, with its array of hardware available.

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4. Collaborative Learning Initiatives

Yet, another skill identified as being paramount for the pupils and workers of the 21st century, Collaborative learning (COL) is always a major consideration of our department, when it comes to planning our activities. Having the advantage of being the steward of ICT programmes in the school, the department has been most enthusiastic in the promoting of programmes infusing COL and ICT skills. One good example is the COL Learning Day for the Primary 4 in 2013, where all P4 classes participated in a fun and enriching COL lesson which encompassed ICT and musical \ performance.

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5. Resources

MRL

Programmes

1. KidsREAD Reading Club

“Children have unlimited imagination.
Reading helps them discover new horizons.

It sharpens yet blurs their boundaries
for what is real and the impossible.
It helps children to dream.
I believe we need to encourage that
in the young.”

- Then-Deputy Prime Minister Lee Hsien Loong speaking during the kidsREAD launch

The objectives of the club are:

  • To leverage on the strengths of various partners to create a reading programme for children
  • To promote the love of reading and cultivate good reading habits among young Singaporeans, specifically children from the lower income families
  • To provide an avenue for children from various races to interact from an early age
  • To help enhance the quality of life of the children and their families

This is a new reading club set up in 2014 April for selected P1 and P2 pupils. KidsREAD Reading Club is initiated by the National Library Board and the club is possible with the support of NLB, our school leaders, committed teachers and most importantly our volunteers. Our volunteers and coordinator attended a training session at the NLB and are always striving to make each kidsREAD session a meaningful one for all pupils in this club.

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Story Telling session by the volunteers

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Children at work, designing their own shell after reading a book titled “The Hermit Crab”

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Volunteer guiding the children to complete their own mini book on “The Sea”

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Children excited and all ready for kidsREAD to start.

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2. Project O.W.L.

All the classes need to go to the library at least 6 times a year to participate in the project O.W.L. which is a project about library citizenship. After the visitation, pupils can go to MConLine to do the Project O.W.L. quizzes.
3. “Happy Birthday Authors” Books Promotion

Through the “Happy Birthday Authors” promotion, pupils will get to know different authors and the different kinds of books written by them. Pupils are also encouraged to write book reviews on books by these authors through MCOnline Book Review page and prizes are given out to selected pupils.

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Lower primary children are encouraged to submit a hard copy of their book review and prizes are given out too.

 

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4. MRL Monthly Readership Completion

Every month, MRL will generate a report on the number of books borrowed by each class and individual pupils. The class and pupil with the highest borrowing rate for each level will be rewarded with certificates for their achievements.

5. School Reading Ambassadors

A group of pupils are selected to be the School Reading Ambassadors. These pupils attended a School Reading Ambassador Workshop conducted by the National Library Board. They will be leading the class librarians to promote reading among West Grovians. Selected pupils will also represent the school to tell stories at the community library.

6. Story Telling

A collaboration with NLB, a speaker is invited termly to our school to tell the P1 and P2 pupils interesting story as one of their preassembly programme. Young children love the stories by the speaker and are fully engaged during this session. The School Reading Ambassadors will also take up the role of story-telling during school silent reading period. They will present a storybook on the stage for their school mates on every Friday on a rotational basis.

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7. Show and Tell Workshop

2 sessions of Show and Tell Workshops are conducted for the Primary One and Primary Two parents and pupils respectively. This brand new workshop is conducted by the National Library Board. Through this workshop, parents will find out how to teach their little ones to deliver a cohesive speech in front of a crowd, pick up tips on building confidence for public speaking, and practice on the spot. This is a great way for parents to bond with their children while teaching them useful skills for school.

8. Media Literacy Programme

In MRL, it is important that pupils are media literate in view of the different media resources available. In collaboration with the ICT Cyberwellness programme, pupils are taught media literacy skills.