At MOE’s Committee of Supply Debate in March 2020, MOE launched the National Digital Literacy Programme (NDLP) for our schools to help students strengthen their digital literacy. One of the components of the NDLP is the introduction of the Personalised Digital Learning Programme (PDLP) for all secondary school students, whereby every secondary school student will own a school-prescribed Personal Learning Device (PLD) by end-2021.
Clementi Town Secondary School embraces the use of Information and Communications Technology ICT (ICT) as a key enabler in designing and implement meaningful learning experiences for our students, aligned with our school's ICT mission of Developing Every Clementeen into Future-ready, Digital Learners.
NDLP Webinar for Parents/Guardians
The school has hosted a webinar for all parents and guardians of Secondary 1 to 3 students to share details about the National Digital Learning Programme. Detailed information about the device, purchase of device and funding support were also shared.
The following are details of the webinar.
When: Mar 23, 2021 6:00 PM - 7:00 PM
Topic: National Digital Learning Programme (NDLP) and Purchase of Personal Learning Device - Briefing for Parents
The NDLP Webinar for Parents and Guardians has concluded. The briefing slides presented during the Webinar could be viewed here.
Findings from NDLP Pilot
From 1 February to 26 February 2021, two Secondary 3 classes were selected to participate in the NDLP Pilot Programme. The objectives of this pilot were to:
- assess suitability of a tablet device and a traditional clam-shell computing device for NDLP;
- allow a group of our teachers to experience how their T&L might shift with NDLP, involve them and get their input; and
- discover possible implementation challenges which we might not have anticipated, and to then adjust our plans.
Students from one of the of the classes were issued with a tablet device (iPad), while students from the other class were issued a traditional clam-shell computing device.
Findings from Students
Students involved in the pilot had an overall positive experience. The devices issued to them gave them an opportunity to be more participative during lessons, and gave them control of their learning pace and path. Most students preferred the use of the PLD, especially the iPads, over their own mobile phones as the larger screen, keyboard and stylus afforded clearer presentation of information, ease of access to learning materials, collaboration with peers in class and note-taking during lessons.
Let's watch the following video to hear from our students about their experiences using their PLDs as part of lessons.
Findings from Teachers
The Subject Teachers involved in the pilot had shared that the PLDs, when coupled with effective pedagogies and lesson facilitation, made learning more accessible for students, as it gave students control over their own pace of learning and enabled teachers to give instant, multi-modal, personalised feedback. Teachers also shared that the PLDs gave them greater flexibility on lesson flow and students were observed to be more engaged and participative during lessons.
Let's watch the following video to hear from our Subject Teachers about their experiences during the NDLP Pilot.
Personal Learning Device (PLD) for Clementi Town Secondary School Students
Overview. The PLD will be used in tandem with the national e-learning platform – the Singapore Student Learning Space (SLS) – as well as other educational technology to personalise and enhance students’ learning. This will also enable students to acquire digital skills and apply these skills as they navigate an increasingly digitalised world.
Purchase of PLD bundle. The school has made arrangements for you to purchase the PLD from AsiaPac Distribution Pte Ltd for your child’s/ward’s use in school. The vendor has been identified based on the choice of device determined by the school from a panel of awarded suppliers established by MOE. The PLD bundle which includes warranty and insurance for purchase by your child/ward will be:
- Apple iPad 10.2“ (8th Gen, WIFI, 128GB)
- A12 Bionic chip, 3GB RAM, 128GB Storage
- 10.2” Screen Size
- 1-year warranty and 1-year insurance
- Apple Pencil
- Ruggedized Combo 3
- Shock-absorbent Rugged Folio case with integrated keyboard
- Price: $842
Use of Edusave. If your child/ward is a Singapore citizen, you can use your child’s/ward’s Edusave to pay partly or fully for the PLD. A Singapore citizen student can use up to the available Edusave balance in his/her Edusave account to pay for the PLD after setting aside provision for payment of 2nd tier miscellaneous fees. MOE has provided a one-off Edusave top-up of $200 in 2020, to all eligible Singaporean students in primary and secondary schools. This is on top of the annual Edusave contribution of $290 for secondary students and $230 for primary students. Parents/guardians can also choose to pay cash for the PLD. Please note that it is compulsory for all existing students on the MOE Financial Assistance Scheme to use their Edusave to pay for the PLD, after subsidies have been granted.
Financial Assistance: For students on MOE-FAS, subsidies are available even if there is insufficient Edusave balance. The cash out-of-pocket will be $0.
Financial assistance is also available for Permanent Residents (PR) and International Students (IS) who need support. Please email the school at firstname.lastname@example.org for more information.
Why did the school choose the iPad as the PLD?
Using ICT in teaching and learning is not new to CTSS and our Clementeens. We have been tapping on the Google Classroom and the various Google Collaboration Tools (Google Docs, Spreadsheets, Forms etc) for many years as part of our efforts to prepare our students to be collaborative and self-directed learners. As such, it is natural to continue on this platform for the familiarity of both teachers and students. The Google apps and Google Classroom can be used on the iPad to facilitate learning. In addition, tablets as compared to laptops and Chromebooks are lighter, and have longer battery life.
Other reasons provided after careful consideration of cost, form factors, and usage in Teaching and Learning to fulfil desired student outcomes were also presented during the Zoom Webinar - Parents Engagement Session on NDLP on 23 March 2021 (Tue). The briefing slides presented during the Webinar could be viewed here.
Cyber-wellness and NDLP Resources for Parents
In rolling out the PLD, MOE is acutely aware of concerns regarding students’ cyber-wellness. The DMA allows the school to manage this, by
(a) collecting data on usage by the student, such as the amount of time spent on each application,
(b) monitoring, filtering and limiting the type of websites accessible to the student, and
(c) placing restrictions on students’ screen time in order to prevent cyber addiction.
Please refer to our Frequently Asked Questions document for more information on the DMA as well as MOE’s collection of data.
In addition, various toolkits and resources on cyber-wellness and blended learning have been crafted for parents:
1. Click Clique: Bringing up children in the digital age
2. Parent Handbook (I) on Learning with a PLD
3. Resource Kit: Experiencing Blended Learning (BL) with Our Children
4. Safe and Smart Online Parent Guide
5. NDLP Webinar for Parents and Guardians Briefing Slides