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Education Minister launches Backpack.NET

 

Source: www.gov.sg 

Excerpt of speech by Acting Education Minister Tharman Shanmugaratnam on 25 Oct 2003 

"...It gives me great pleasure to join you today for the launch of BackPack.NET, a collaborative initiative by the Infocomm Development Authority of Singapore (IDA), Microsoft Singapore and our schools.

"Today's launch marks a felicitous convergence of three key thrusts in education in Singapore: the use of information technology for engaged learning, the deepening of school-business collaboration and, most broadly, the nurturing of a culture of innovation and enterprise across the education system.....

"In coming together with IDA and Microsoft to work on BackPack.NET, River Valley High will be among the first schools in the world to experiment with the use of tablet PCs.

"With BackPack.NET, students are equipped with tablet PCs and Digital Ink technology. They can express their thoughts and ideas using natural handwriting in a digital environment while simultaneously being connected with their peers.

"There may be real benefit in this. For example, learning in areas such as Chinese Language and art has the potential to be better undertaken through the Tablet PC and Digital Ink, than through the PC. (For Chinese or any written orthography based on symbolic representation, it is important to capture the nuances of pressure and strokes. In chemistry and mathematics too, molecular structures and complex formulae may be more easily depicted, manipulated and understood on Tablet PC than on the PC.).....

"As tablet PC technology is still relatively new in the market, BackPack.NET will bring researchers, industry developers and schools together to spark innovation in software applications for the Tablet PC. This collaborative approach is essential for any emerging technology in education.....

"In piloting the use of tablet PCs in teaching and learning, I hope that teachers and students will consider how we can change the culture of the classroom to support and motivate independent learning and thinking among our students, and to make full use of the resources that are now at our fingertips....."

Source: Singapore Government Press Release 25 Oct 2003

 

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29 October 2003

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