Qualcomm (NASDAQ: QCOM), through its Wireless Reach initiative, Nan Chiau Primary School and Microsoft have announced the launch of the WE Learn mobile education project, which uses 3G smartphones to create a 21st century classroom experience for Singaporean students. The announcement was made Wednesday, March 28.
The project will demonstrate how the latest wireless technology can be used to transform learning from a traditional, teacher-centric model to a student-centric, inquiry-oriented and collaborative framework where 24/7 access to resources in and out of the classroom allows students to acquire and practice 21st century competencies.
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The Singapore Ministry of Education (MOE) is working to better prepare its nationâ€™s students to thrive in a fast-changing and highly connected world by promoting the development of self-directed learning and collaborative learning skills in its third Master plan for Information and Communications Technology (ICT) in education.
Nan Chiau is an MOE-designated Future School in Singapore. Tasked with pushing the frontier of technology, it is leading the way with a 21st century classroom that implements the MOEâ€™s framework and serves as a model for primary schools throughout Singapore and Asia.
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With a grant from Qualcommâ€™s Wireless Reach initiative, the WE Learn project is providing 3G-enabled Nokia Lumia 710 smartphones enabled by Qualcomm Snapdragon processors; mobile broadband connectivity via SingTelâ€™s 3G wireless network; a mobile learning platform (MyDesk) and educational applications developed by University of Michigan; and Microsoftâ€™s Windows Phone operating system, which all software for these smartphones is built upon, to 350 third-grade students and their teachers at Nan Chiau.
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â€śWith 3G smartphones and connectivity, our students have 24/7 access to educational content, web-based resources and collaborative learning tools,â€ť said Mr. Tan, principal of Nan Chiau Primary School. â€śThese tools give students the means to take responsibility for their own learning and enable teachers to provide individualized mentoring.â€ť
The National Institute of Education of Singapore is assisting teachers with the development of customized curriculum in English, Science and Chinese that leverages the benefits of mobile, Internet-connected, learning devices and provides students with new learning opportunities that are not possible with paper and pencil.
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