Friday, April 29, 2016

Singapore UNESCO ICT prize Write-up

These materials are shared in the interest of the educational value it has in being open, so that others like you reading this can benefit from the ideas of open educational resources and why UNESCO awarded Singapore as one of the 2 countries (Costa Rica), for  the UNESCO King Hamad Bin Isa Al-Khalifa Prize for the Use of Information and Communication Technologies (ICTs) in Education 2015 themed "Pedagogical Innovation in Using ICT in Teaching and Learning".

I would like to thank the following people who have helped in the writeup and they are:
Lily Tan
Victor Lim
Stellar Yu
Chor Huat
Shirleen Chee
and all the senior management in MOE who supported the submission, not for the award, but to bring from Singapore, our open educational resources to the world. Enjoy!

1. Background Information

Title of programme/project: edulab Project on Open Source Physics@Singapore (OSP@SG)
Name of implementing organization or individual: Educational Technology Division (ETD), Ministry of Education, Singapore
Country: Singapore
Programme duration Started at (month/year): January 2012 and ongoing
Type of organization: National Government Operating in: Region
Main partner(s): Open Source Physics (OSP) Community, namely:
  1. Francisco Esquembre, University of Murcia, Spain, creator of Easy Java/JavaScript Simulations (EJSS) [1] for which OSP@SG work with to generate OSP simulations-models 
  2. Fu-Kwun Hwang, National Taiwan Normal University, Taiwan, creator of NTNU Virtual Laboratory[2],who shared many source codes that allowed and helped OSP@SG edit and remix the hundreds of source codes to the simulations-models through forum discussion. 
  3. Wolfgang Christian, Davidson College USA, creator of Open Source Physics[3], where OSP libraries are used to compute and draw the simulations-models 
  4. Douglas Brown, Cabrillo College USA, creator of Tracker video analysis and modeling tool[4], who co- developed video analysis and modelled the motion with mathematical dynamics equations with us. 

OSP was also recently selected by UNESCO Bangkok, Asia and Pacific Regional Bureau for Education, to be part of a free educational compilation entitled “UNESCO Directory of Free Educational Resources for Teachers. Vol. 1: Science”[5] for distribution worldwide.

OSP@SG invited these partners to conduct workshops in Singapore annually so that Singapore teachers have the opportunities to be able to model using EJSS and Tracker.

[1] http://www.um.es/fem/EjsWiki/pmwiki.php[2] http://www.phy.ntnu.edu.tw/ntnujava/index.php[3] http://www.opensourcephysics.org/[4] http://physlets.org/tracker/[5] http://www.um.es/fem/EjsWiki/uploads/Main/UNESCOBangkokLetter.pdf

Published in Newsletter 2015 issue 05 of GIREP[1] https://girep.org based in Europe


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