This chapter presents a case study of how a group of eight teachers from an elementary school uses digital and online spaces for students’ acquisition of literacy and numeracy knowledge and skills (i.e. the teaching and learning of English language and mathematics). The participated teachers teach either one or both of the subjects mentioned above. Their school is one of the eight future schools selected in 2006 and started in 2008 to seek innovative teaching and learning approaches that leverage on ICT to engage the new generation of learners (Ministry of Education & Infocomm Development Authority, 2012). The school has created an ICT-enriched learning environment coupled with the necessary pedagogies and provides a one-to-one student–computer ratio for its Grade 1–3 students; students for Grade 4 onwards are encouraged to procure their own personal digital learning devices (i.e. notebook computer) for learning in school and at home. These eight teachers are selected based on the grade level that they are teaching—Grade 4. School records over the years have indicated that the level of ICT usage is the highest for Grade 4. In-depth discussion interview with the teachers are conducted, transcribed and analysed according to the SAMR Model (Puentedura, SAMR and curriculum redesign , 2014)—to establish whether technologies are being used to substitute, augment , modify or redefine current teaching practices. Through the rich description and in-depth interviews with the teachers, this case study could also act as lesson ideas and models for others in the fraternity to emulate and reflection upon. The findings suggest that teachers attempted to leverage on technology to bring about more effective teaching (i.e. going beyond the substitute mode). In addition, this case study also once again brings to attention the need to look into the following: (a) how ICT being used in different subject areas; (b) individual differences in how teachers use ICT; (c) provisions for technological infrastructure and availability of computing equipment; and (d) students’ readiness to use ICT for their learning. Copyright © 2018 Springer Nature Singapore Pte Ltd.
|Title of host publication
|Spaces of teaching and learning: Integrating perspectives on research and practice
|Robert A. ELLIS, Peter GOODYEAR
|Place of Publication
|Published - 2018