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Singapore physics teaching software wins global award
12 Feb 2016

Singapore physics teaching software wins global award


Amidst joy it is enumerated that Singapore physics teaching software wins global award. A range of computer software that brings physics concepts to life has professionally earned Singapore a global award recognizing teaching methods which expediently make use of modern technology. The Open source physics at Singapore (OSP@SG), created during 2012 by the Ministry of Education (MOE), includes wide range of beneficial resources for teachers and students for simulating experiments.

It is also revealed that Singapore was one of the two countries which won the Unesco King Hamad Bin Isa Al-Khalifa Prize for the use of Information and communications technology (ICT) in education, which is actually funded by Bahrain. The other winner was Costa Rica has won for a program which offers marginalized students living in rural and urban areas access to education through digital skills.

Moreover the two effective winners, chosen from more than 100 applications, were each given US$25,000 (S$36,000) at a prize ceremony of Unesco headquarters in Paris. It is also heard that since 2005, the special award has been offered to respective governments, organizations and individuals using ICT to ameliorate learning.

The MOE revealed that it has professionally received positive feedback about the OSP@SG project, both locally and universally. The free software, which is available around the globe, has been utilized by almost 10,000 students in 12 schools respectively as River Valley High School, Innova Junior College and Victoria JC. Eventually the popular educational consultancy namely Study Singapore applauds this global award.

In Singapore Education with this they permit teachers to use interactive tools to assist students visualize physics concepts better. For example, they could play around with data to calculate the optimum time for a person to release his parachute, or several levels of energy in a pendulum swing.

It also helps to teach quality concepts such as superposition, which refers to the interaction patterns of two overlapping waves. They could also change factors namely as the distance between waves or the speed of the waves, to view how they affect the resulting pattern. By this the passionate students are able to observe these changes using pictorial representations and graphs.

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