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Workshop 1: Fractured Fairy Tale cum ICT
Sharing by teacher from Pei Hwa Presbyterian Primary School, Singapore

Can the art of writing be learned?
How could familiar stories come alive with interesting twists?
How can we engage pupils in writing through the use of ICT?

Pupils generally regard composition writing to be a daunting and uphill challenge. How do we then spark their interest and guide them to write more creatively and interesting? We at Pei Hwa Presbyterian Primary School in Singapore introduced the "Fractured Fairy Tale cum ICT" approach to help the Primary Four pupils.

We seek to transform gaming activities popular with young people into a useful learning tool to enhance pupils' interests and skills in writing. Game scenes and characters are recorded from computer games using video gaming software. The scenes are then edited digitally and narration added to make the scenes into animation movies. Through the process, the pupils are inspired to generate creative ideas on how they want their final product to look and sound like.

Indeed, the use of ICT to create and animate their stories has allowed pupils to broaden their imagination. The group discussions during the lessons have also expanded their vocabulary. Working in pairs or groups, they also gained soft skills in being a better team player and giving better oral presentations. Their personal growth and maturity were also evident in the way they respect the opinions of others, their humility to learn from one another, perseverance to complete the task and responsibility to give their best effort.


Workshop 2: Student Peer Teaching Strategy

Conducted by Debbie Tee-Hwa Tan, SMK Seksyen 5, Wangsa Maju, Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia

The Student Peer Teaching Strategy (SPTS) enabled teams of students to prepare electronic instructional materials using ICT resources. The e-lessons were then used for teaching their peers, junior classes and interested educators under the mentorship of their teachers. The lessons included pictures of students themselves carrying out experiments and activities, Java applets, edited clips of scientific movies, songs and examination questions and answer slides, and media to explain the concepts being taught. The e-lessons accessible through websites open learning opportunities and maximize holistic learning through edutainment.

After taking on the role of teachers, these students learned many soft skills such as collaborative skills in working as a team and better communication skills. The effectiveness of this strategy in raising students' interest, performance and self confidence are documented through various methods; their examinations performance, interviews with teams involved, newspaper write-up, TV telecasts as well as correspondence between teachers and teams.