Nine to eleven-year-old students at Nan Chiau Primary School in
Singapore will next year be using cloud computing technology for Chinese
Called MyCLOUD, this interactive
platform based on relevant content and capabilities plans to enhance the
teaching and learning of the Chinese language—integrating real life use
of the language into the curriculum.
As part of a three-year collaboration, researchers from the National Institute of Education (NIE) and Singapore Centre for Chinese Language (SCCL)
will assess and study the effectiveness and the pedagogy that
accompanies the system, while working closely with Chinese teachers from
Nan Chiau Primary School (NCPS) to incorporate MyCLOUD into everyday teaching.
Microsoft will provide the intellectual property—developed by
Microsoft Research Asia—that students can use at school, at home, and on
Jessica Tan, Managing Director of Microsoft Singapore, said: “Our objective is to base this (MyCLOUD)
on relevant content and capabilities so that students can benefit from a
rich and interactive learning journey, and integrate real life use of
language into the curriculum.”
Principal of NCPS, Tan Chun Ming, told FutureGov Asia Pacific that MyCLOUD would enable students to learn Chinese with interest and curiosity while having fun with the language in their everyday lives.
“For this to happen, it is critical that the tools and technology
make it possible for their learning to take place beyond the classroom,”
Students will be coached in reading Chinese passages, learning
vocabulary and idioms, as well as assessed on their understanding of
Wong Lung Hsiang, NIE Research Scientist,
called the four-way partnership “exciting”. He said the programme meets
“a key objective in the third masterplan for ICT in education where access to and use of ICT supports new teaching approaches”.
“The use of mobile and cloud computing technologies makes it easier to customise learning to suit students’ needs,” Wong said.
The need to equip students with necessary personal mobile devices for the use of MyCLOUD outside of campus has also been considered.
Tan said that the Singapore Hokkien Huaykuan had agreed to provide
funds to subsidise the purchase of computing devices “to support the
teaching and learning of the Chinese language using the
With MyCLOUD, students will be able to:
- Click on words or sentences for text-to-speech reading
- Access a highly personalised e-dictionary is designed to accompany and support students’ language learning journey
- Use a camera phone or digital camera to take photos that best
describe a particular vocabulary or idiom and integrate their definition
with the e-dictionary