21st Century Learning Design
Learning in the 21st century is no longer just about obtaining information. To equip our students for their unknown future, we believe skills to think critically, to communicate, to collaborate, to create, and to question are way more important than cramming information into our students’ heads.
Therefore, in our 12-year education, we help students build habits in junior school; we focus on skills training in middle school, hoping students can pursue knowledge effectively when they enter high school.
We hope that by doing these, students can become independent and proactive learners.
The 21CLD curriculum is based on rubrics, which have been developed and tested internationally. These rubrics help educators identify and understand the opportunities that learning activities give students to build 21st century skills.
The 21CLD curriculum describes six rubrics of 21st century learning, each of which represents an important skill for students to develop. These are:
- Knowledge Construction
- Real-World Problem Solving
- Skilled Communication
- ICT for Learning
They focus on redesigning learning to develop 21st century skills and deepen understanding of 21CLD curricular goals, and facilitating educators to use new learning designs within their own teaching and to analyse the impact on student learning.
Hardware and Software
A-School is equipped with excellent hardware and software, which aim at facilitating 21st Century Learning for teachers and students.
Our Grade 5 to Grade 8 classrooms have been converted into 21st Century Classrooms which are equipped with an interactive ultra-wide projector / Smart TV for e-learning, and movable tables and chairs for flexible lesson arrangement.
A-School has been awarded the title “Google Reference School” in 2020 that recognizes our effort in using Google for education tools. The title proves we use technology in classrooms to impact the students’ learning positively. A-School is the first through-train Google Reference School in the Asia Pacific Region.
A-School has successfully launched our 1:1 Chromebook BYOD Programme in our middle school classes from Grade 5 to Grade 8. With the implementation of the 1:1 Chromebook BYOD Programme, teaching and learning can be boosted in a more interactive and effective way.
Digital citizenship is about confidence and positive engagement with digital technologies. It is important to have the knowledge and skills to effectively apply digital technologies in order to create and use digital content in a correct way. Our PS STEAM and SS ICL curriculum develops students’ understanding of digital and information literacy, Internet safety, privacy, cyberbullying, netiquette, copyright and digital footprint.
A-School is delighted to announce that we have received recognition and certification as a Common Sense School. This honour is provided by Common Sense Education which is a US based leading non-profit organization dedicated to helping students and teachers thrive in the world of media and technology. The certification recognizes our effort in engaging the school community consisting of students, teachers and parents in implementing a digital citizenship curriculum.
A-School has demonstrated our commitment towards a whole-school approach in preparing our students for exploring the immense potential of the digital world and at the same time taking precaution against the perils that exist in the virtual world through digital citizenship education.
Apart from the 1:1 Chromebook BYOD Programme, we have 100% Google Certified Educators among our teaching staff aiming to provide the best teaching solutions to prepare our students to be 21st century learners.
Regular seminars and workshops will be held for teachers to receive up-to-date teaching pedagogies and learning tools in order to provide state-of-the-art education.