Wednesday, March 17, 2010

Ebook Sparks Creativity at Seng Kang Primary

There are tons of software online claiming to help teachers and parents alike in educating their children. Classroom teaching in Seng Kang Primary School has gone from the traditional methods of pen and paper to something more technologically advanced, like e-learning and the like.

Most problems with professional media tools like Adobe Photoshop is that there is a steep learning curve to achieving that level of professionalism. Youngsters in primary schools usually do not have the capacity to fathom such high levels and in-depth knowledge of technological know-hows, and teachers often do not have the time to learn these softwares.

The educators from Seng Kang Primary School were very pleased to see that their students are learning a new ebook software technology called KooBits. They showed much enthusiasm 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 lets 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 chunks 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 focus 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.

Indeed, KooBits have enriched the lives of those students from Seng Kang Primary School, not to mention their teachers. We hope to be the very tool to catapult learning and teaching in schools, and be the bridge between creativity and technology. What is currently happening in Seng Kang Primary School is indeed a promising start!

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