BaoHui Zhang: Developing & implementing a sustainable seamless learning innovation

Date / Time: 9 July 2012 10-11.30am
Venue: TC.2.27, Faculty of Education

Dr BaoHui Zhang is currently a professor at the Institute of Education, Nanjing University, China.

His teaching and research has focused on how students at primary and secondary levels learn science through technology (e.g., modelling and visualization technology and mobile technology), integrated inquiry activities and science teacher education. He has summarized the pedagogical approach as iMVT (Modelling and Visualization Technology integrated inquiry-based learning). Dr Zhang has been the PI for four research projects on promoting the iMVT pedagogy via funding from the Ministry of Education or the National Research Foundation and a co-PI to a mobile (seamless) learning project which has completely transformed primary three and four science curriculum that might also extend to prepare for informal learning.

The presentation

Mobile computing technologies are becoming more and more pervasive and affordable in our daily lives. Such technologies are suitable for one-to-one and seamless learning (learning everywhere and all the time). However, how to prepare young students for the new habits of learning that are sustainable is a big challenge. This presentation describes a three-year research study to explore how to develop a sustainable seamless learning pedagogy in a primary school in Singapore.  We worked with one primary three experimental and mixed ability class (3X) since 2009. Each student in 3X was given a smart phone with unlimited Internet access, data plan and some educational software tools and he/she could use the phone 24/7. My presentation will focus on how we have integrated the affordances of mobile technologies to transform the existing primary three and four science curriculum, our multiple assessment modes, and some of the changes in the science teacher and the students. I will also share some of our challenges we have faced. It is expected for the presentation to serve as a linking point for further exchange and collaboration. For example, how might we apply this seamless learning pedagogy for other subject learning?

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