How are Singapore schools teaching the Cambridge IGCSE curriculum online?

Rupali Karekar
Jul 24, 2021
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Singapore has truly emerged as the winner in handling the global pandemic. The government has taken timely measures and stringent action against the Coronavirus and has almost brought things back to normal. The schools especially have been thriving successfully in spite of the devastation the pandemic has caused across the globe.

The Singapore government has laid the right kind of restrictions to make sure the citizens of the country are well prepared and vaccinated against the disease. Schools are being cautious when reopening periodically and are also quick to take decisions when there is a threat of increase in the number of Covid cases. Amidst this , schools have been adapting wonderfully to a virtual online learning environment and so have the students.


Here’s How Singapore Schools have been Successful in Providing an Online Cambridge IGCSE Curriculum to all their Students

Virtual Classrooms

Some of the best schools in Singapore offering the Cambridge IGCSE curriculum have been successful in bringing the class to the students with the help of virtual classrooms that are a great alternative to physical classrooms. 

Virtual classrooms use the latest technology like video conferencing, online whiteboards and screen sharing that enable students to connect with the teacher and learn their lessons effectively. This innovative platform has made teachers and students tech savvy and has opened new doors for communication. They are also easily accessible and can be experienced using different devices like mobile phones, laptops and tabs. 


Also Read: How Teachers Help Students in Virtual Classes


Downloadable Lectures and Presentations

It's common knowledge that children love fiddling with the latest gadgets and devices. And the fact that they are getting to learn through their favourite devices makes the learning environment more engaging and fun. 

Using colourful PPTs, pre recorded lessons and engaging videos, schools have taken that extra mile to provide an interesting learning experience. And the advantages in such lessons are that children can go back to it every time the need arises to revise the concepts. Teachers have tried their best in providing active learning strategies in online schools like e-quizzes to make up for the interaction inside a physical class.


Digital campaigns and environment drives by Online Schools

Online school has not been a limitation factor for other activities like community service and green initiatives. The students of some of the best schools in Singapore have been successful in launching digital campaigns by creating impactful videos and impressive content to pass the valuable message of environment conservation to their peers across  the globe. Teachers and students are imbibing new methods to continue the learning process smoothly. In fact, these skills are actually learnt at a higher level, in corporate surroundings; however, considering the smartness of the 21st century student, they have been successful in learning these initiatives at a much younger age. 


Leadership Lectures and Online Conferences

Cambridge IGCSE schools in Singapore have stopped at nothing in order to provide the education they promised their students. Leaders from different fields and industries are being invited to hold interactive conferences to enable children to discuss real world problems and solutions across an online platform. 

These leaders have been successful in inspiring students by instilling the much needed passion to achieve great things in life. These kinds of constant inspirations are needed for students to believe in one’s ability and responsibility during these pandemic times.


Global Student Exchange Events

Even student exchange events are conducted virtually to bring together students, parents and teachers of different school branches across the globe on to a single virtual platform to discuss issues pertaining to the current pandemic and different ways and outcomes to get it under control. 

These initiatives have been a huge success and the students have enthusiastically and responsibly taken up the challenge and limitations an online platform has to offer and have emerged as winners. This is proof enough that these schools have the best interests of their students and are collaborating together to create an amicable environment.


Benefits of these New Innovative Methods and Technologies in the Education World

 

● Flexibility: You might be surprised to realise the innumerable benefits online education can offer our children. There is the much needed flexibility to adapt to self-paced learning environments where students get to manage their time and space according to their needs. The flexibility also gives them time to pursue their hobbies and interests.

● Self-Motivation: Students are self motivated to find new ways of learning and this has increased their creativity and engagement inside these virtual classrooms. They are able to explore the latest technologies and are enthusiastic to share new experiences with their peers and teachers.

● Critical thinking: Such highly innovative methods in learning have been successful in giving children and teachers a broader global perspective. Students are now being exposed to new ideas and this has given them a platform to research, analyse and use their critical thinking skills to the maximum extent. These kinds of skills are very necessary in the current environment and in future challenges of the 21st century

● Comfort and convenience: This point is a key factor that helps students explore the vast online knowledge from the comfort of their homes. Students can access  multiple online sources like educational apps and activities that help them understand intricate concepts in their lessons more easily. This leads to increased understanding of their subjects and leads to more self-confidence during these learning outcomes.


To conclude, an online school has been a boon to help students improve their technological and problem-solving skills to a large extent. And students now are smarter and more collaborative in their approach to education. 

In spite of the challenges an online Cambridge IGCSE curriculum might throw at students, they are enthusiastic enough to accept it and adapt to new changes as quickly as possible. The resilience the students and teachers have shown during the pandemic has been phenomenal and progressive to say the least. And it is upto each one of us to appreciate this fact.


Rupali Kaerkar

Ms Karekar comes with over 20 years experience in content writing and content strategy in fields from journalism and content marketing. As head of international communications, she has been actively interacting with stakeholders like the student, teacher and parent community to ensure open channels of dialogue and passage of information between all parties. As a result, the school initiatives and stakeholder performances find the right platform and voice to share their achievements.

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