Most problems with professional media tools like Adobe Flash is that there is a steep learning curve to achieving that level of professionalism. Students in primary schools usually do not have the capacity to understand such high levels and in-depth knowledge of technological know-hows, and teachers often do not have the time to learn these softwares.
The teachers from Si Ling Primary School were very contented to see that their students are learning a new ebook software technology called KooBits. They were greatly interested in the software and agreed that it could be a useful publishing tool to supplement the students' education and learning, not to mention spark their creativity.
Teachers find this e-book system beneficial in coming up with teaching materials for lessons. For instance, English and Mother Tongue in the school is taught in a form of a storybook. There is a special keyboard in the programme that allows users to key in Mother Tongue characters. This e-book system also helps students comprehend topics better when they are tasked to create their own e-books.
KooBits is a multimedia platform where users, students and teachers alike, can take bits and pieces of digital media and put it into one single commonplace, as a creation that they can call their own. Many primary schools have started using KooBits as a ebook creation tool to facilitate learning and exercise creativity amongst the students. KooBits is not only used to teach English, but other languages like Malay, Chinese and Tamil as well, as it is equipped with a Chinese and Tamil keyboard that recognizes the respective characters.
In a particular primary school, its Head of Department of IT said that KooBits is used by all the four language departments to enhance the pupils' composition writings skills. Pupils are now more motivated , interested and involved in writing composition, especially with the multi-media features of the tool. As a result, these language teachers can concentrate on helping students to create the content of their ebooks, rather than teaching the technology that was meant as a learning tool, and not the end product itself.
Schools in Singapore, not to mention the Ministry of Education also hopes to empower teachers using different approaches with IT to develop our young students to be strategic learners who actively explore problems independently and collaboratively. In addition to that, they should be able to express their imagination through the creation of products. IT will be harnessed to facilitate the analysis of information, investigation, problem solving and independent learning. All of which, KooBits can and will help them achieve through its fun, interactive and engaging.
Indeed, KooBits have enlightened the lives of those students from Si Ling Primary School, not to mention their teachers. We hope to be the very tool to propel learning and teaching in schools, and be the bridge between creativity and technology. What is currently happening in Si Ling Primary School is by far a promising start!