Saturday, May 21, 2011

Gallery @SST

10:17 AM Posted by Justin Potato No comments
Gallery @SST gives parents an insight to SST's curriculum and the future SST campus. Gallery @SST is broken into 10 sections ,which all revolve around SST's curriculum, applied subjects and focused learning. An overview of this can be found at the side of the hall, where two large boards stand showing parents the subjects and SST's programme framework.

Subjects @SST
The boards at the side display the current curriculum of SST. It includes: Language Arts, Mother Tongue Languages, Mathematics, Science, Integrated Humanities, ADMT (Art, Design, Media, Technology), Sports and Wellness, Innovation and Entrepreneurship, Character Education, ICT (Information, Communication, Technology). A clear description of each subject and the learning objectives that it would achieve is stated below the subject's title. Beside it, an iPad is fitted next to it, parents get to scroll through the iPad's picture gallery to view SST students' past experiences in the subject!

Parents viewing the Subjects that SST provides.
Learner Centered 
This section provides parents and future students with information and examples of how we apply what we learn in SST in real life. The slides include on where students/parents are put in a situation where they must choose which football player will be their team's striker. Using skills like 'Mean, median and mode', the parents/students would understand how applied learning works.

Process-Focused Learning 
In this section parents learn on the projects that SST students engage in. Ranging from animation to the written proposals of performance tasks, parents get to view them all! Ushers give parents a clear description of the work SST students do, and parents get to view the whole process of the animation made by our very own Sec2 cohort.
Parents browsing through some written proposals for performance tasks.

FutureSchools @Singapore 
Parents are provided with a clear view on the future schools of Singapore and the learning techniques they adapt. Using ICT tools (iPad, Macbook etc. ) in schools to help students study and learn better, future schools would adapt techniques like these to engage students in applied learning. Ushers here explain to parents what is it to use ICT tools to learn in schools.
Lai Zi Ying showcasing FutureSchools @Singapore
Active Learning
Active learning is one way of applied learning in SST. The Science performance tasks of the Sec1 cohort are displayed here. Clear explanations of how students use what they had learnt in their Science lessons to create these contraptions. The ushers are from they very Science teams that had created these contraptions! Active learning is one way of applied learning in SST.
One of the Science performance task being showcased!
Applied Subjects @SST
A board showcasing the applied subjects SST provides is located directly opposite the hall. The subjects are: Biotechnology, Media Studies, Design Studies, Environmental Science and Technology, Fundamentals of electronics. Teachers brief parents about how SST provides these subjects for students and parents can also read up on the description of these subjects. 
The board which displays the applied subjects offered in SST
Student Development
SST aims to achieve civic minded students who can help to change society for the better. This section shows parents how the use of technology allows students to do so. Being both a Singaporean citizen and a netizen (Internet citizen), we must always be self-conscious of what we say and do. The learning devices on the showcase blocks show the framework of student development and what students learn in their Innovation and Entrepreneurship lessons.

Talent Development Programme (TDP)
This section shows the framework in which how SST aims to nurture the talent some students have for a certain subject. Ranging from field trips to special lessons which trainers are brought in, the talent development programme would help to achieve SST's goal in making a group of 21st century innovators and learners through the programme. 
An usher saying 'Hi' at the Talent Development section.
Authentic Learning
Authentic Learning is when students learn about real world events and what they can do to help society. This year, the Secondary 2 students had to construct a toy that might benefit or help society. The plans of these toys are showcased in this section, a brief description of what the toy does and how it helps the new generation learn while having fun playing it. Other methods of authentic learning are using statistics skills that they learnt in Mathematics to construct charts to represent data from the real world.

Integrated Learning 
Through Integrated Leraning students would be given a project and they would use skills they learnt from other lessons like statistics from Mathematics or inferring from lessons like History or Geography. The projects' presentations are shown on the learning devices in this section. 
Arthur explaining Integrated Learning!
Community-Focused Learning
Community-Focused is using the social media as tools for studying. Facebook, Twitter, Wallwisher, all these tools are used for communication and studies. Students can easily reach each other through Facebook and can ask simple short questions on Twitter.

Here parents can see SST's fellow partners. Ngee Ann Polytechnic, A* Star and much more! SST has many friends in Singapore and out of Singapore! These partners can definitely lead SST to success! 


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