Underpinning our ICT curriculum structure are three key teaching principles:
- Availability of Instructions
- Self-paced Education, and
- Immediate Feedback
Availability of Instructions
The entire ICT content is broken up into many modules. These modules are mapped together as one Spectra Skill Tree – a dynamic knowledge map. We can add, edit, delete or link up the modules on this ‘tree’ according to pre-requisites (see pictures below). Each module contains an instruction document, an instructional video and additional images or samples that can help students understand what is required of them in the module. Click here to see an example of a module.
We strive to ensure that a sufficiently large number of modules are readily available to all students. This helps to lay the foundation for self-paced education. When a student finishes an assignment, he / she is free to move on to the next task without being held back by his/her slower peers.
Fig 1 – Zoomed out version of Spectra Skill Tree
Fig 2 – Zoomed in version of Spectra Skill Tree
Each student has his/her own instance of the Spectra Skill Tree. Completed modules will have a blue border and incomplete ones will have white borders. In this way, students are able to track what they have completed, and determine what they qualify to learn next. They are free to attempt their next choice of module based on the pre-requisites in the Skill Tree. Completed modules are awarded points that determines students’ ICT grades at the end of each term.
We do not think that instructional videos alone can meet the learning needs of all students. In the classroom, ICT teachers continue to facilitate learning of students who need extra help. Such help can range from demonstrating difficult skills to even helping students read and understand the instructions for the module. We believe that it is critical for students to receive prompt feedback as they progress with their tasks. This allows students to leave the class knowing what the best solution is instead of having to wait for days for their work to be marked.
Thus, all assignments are emailed to teachers who will mark them promptly and give the necessary guidance. This also serves as a platform for students to practice sending emails on a daily basis.
The ICT curriculum seeks to prepare students for the future. This future consists of their life at work as well as their life as a content creator. We strive to prepare our students for work through a customized curriculum that provides many opportunities for them to use the following tools:
- MS Office (Word, Excel, PowerPoint)
- Handling Emails and Email Protocols
- Google Apps (Survey, Documents)
To develop students as content creators, we give them opportunities to create their own materials through assignments that requires skills such as:
- Image editing
- Video editing
- Basic ICT skills such as making screenshots, extracting YouTube videos, and creating QR Codes
- Accessing YouTube channels
- Apps creation
- Basic computer programming
Here in Spectra, we do not limit the potential of students by teaching what we think the majority can learn and master. Instead, we allow students to learn all that we think is worth learning (even though it might be very hard to master). Based on the pace at which each individual student progresses, we empower him / her with autonomy of real choices – what to learn as well as when to learn them. We therefore strive to give students plenty of chances to practice, and to learn on their own through viewing in-house developed instructional videos. Having control over their own learning cultivates self-directedness in learning for life. We believe this ability is a fundamental foundation for any successful person in society.
|David Oon Kian Peng||Head of Department – ICT & SCTemail@example.com|
|Chong- Phoon Lyvenne||School Staff Developerfirstname.lastname@example.org|
|Mohd Yusri Bin Mohamed Noor||Teacheremail@example.com|
|Mohamad Hazrin Bin Hashim||Teacherfirstname.lastname@example.org|
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|Ismail Bin Kamarudin||Teaching & Learning Executivefirstname.lastname@example.org|
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