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  • 59% of Young People Say the Internet Is Shaping Who They Are
    http://www.theatlantic.com/technology/archive/2012/06/59-of-young-people-say-the-internet-is-shaping-who-they-are/259022/
    This article looks at younger peoples' perspectives of how the internet and social media affect their lives, covering the major generational shifts we have experienced leading to the new outlooks youth have on privacy and even what is morally acceptable.- Sam Sam Aug 23, 2012
  • Almanac of Higher Education 2011 Technology
    http://chronicle.com/section/Almanac/536
    Always a little slow to adapt, higher education began this year to explore the academic uses of smartphones and tablets. The trick is to find the sweet spot where technology and instruction meet.
  • The Broadband Imperative: Recommendations to Address K-12 Educational Infrastructure Needs
    http://www.setda.org/web/guest/broadbandimperative
    This report assesses broadband access in and out K-12 schools by students and teachers, discussing trends, challenges and recommendations. As the Internet has integrated itself into our lives and occupations, it is now necessary that students learn to use the tools they will be expected to work with in the future.
  • Credit for Datasets
    http://www.insidehighered.com/news/2012/06/22/royal-society-wants-britain-see-equal-value-datasets-and-journal-articles#ixzz1ykbWRT3n
    In a major report on open data the learned society says that the potential of the Internet to facilitate collaboration among both professional and amateur scientists "may pave the way for a second open science revolution as great as that triggered by the creation of the first scientific journals."
  • Desired Outcomes of Education
    http://www.moe.gov.sg/education/files/desired-outcomes-of-education.pdf
    ”The Desired Outcomes of Education (DOE) are attributes that educators
aspire for every Singaporean to have by the completion of his formal education.
 These outcomes establish a common purpose for educators, drive our policies
and programmes, and allow us to determine how well our education system is
doing.”
  • Digital Archaeology: Recovering Digital Objects from Audio Waveforms
    http://www.planets-project.eu/docs/papers/Guttenbrunner_DigitalArcheology_iPres2009.pdf
    This paper addresses the preparation necessary to store and extract media as technology advances. The research conveys that by re-engineering the format of the waveform, data can be captured from a digital audio stream.
  • The Digital Campus
    http://chronicle.com/section/The-Digital-Campus/491/
    Online and on campus, everybody seems to be plugging in. But are colleges leveraging all that technology in ways that make a difference? Find out, and discover new ways colleges are teaching with technology.
  • Education in Singapore by the Ministry of Education (2010)
    http://www.moe.gov.sg/about/files/moe-corporate-brochure.pdf
    This brochure produced by the Ministry of Education describes why the Singapore education system is one of the world’s best-performing school systems. Listed as the key strengths of the Singapore education system: bilingualism, holistic learning, good teachers and leader, ICT-infused curriculum, and partnership with parents.
  • Engineering and Education Report
    http://ohm.ieec.uned.es/eer/survey.php and http://www.engineeringeducationreport.com
    This web-based platform facilitates the analysis of the impact of new technologies on engineering education and gathers the opinion of engineering education experts to create visual comparisons of the results. The analysis offered by the platform is cross-discipline, cross-country, cross-continent, and cross-technology comparisons.
  • Emerging Asia and Emerging Higher Education in Asia: Implications for Australia (2012)
    http://www.cshe.unimelb.edu.au/people/marginson_docs/RIHE&CSHE_5-6%20April2012.pdf
    This joint research project by RIHE & CSHE explores the success of Higher Education in Southeast Asia, East Asia and Singapore and what Australia can glean from these statistical findings. A discussion of the Singapore Higher Ed learning system can be found on page 9.
  • The Future of Smart Systems
    http://pewinternet.org/Reports/2012/Future-of-Smart-Systems/Main-Findings/Section-6.aspx
    This report conveys that smart systems are still not affordable for most today, and people’s minds are on other issues when it comes to change.
  • Global Digital Communication: Texting, Social Networking Popular Worldwide
    http://www.pewglobal.org/2011/12/20/global-digital-communication-texting-social-networking-popular-worldwide/
    Pew Research Center explores the age and demographic statistics behind some of the most common uses of mobile devices, including texting and social networking.
  • Interactive Instrumental Performance and Gesture Sonification
    http://scan.net.au/scan/journal/display.php?journal_id=122
    This ongoing research by Kirsty Beilharz of University of Technology Sydney explores gestural interfaces for allowing artists and musicians to augment art installations and musical performances in real time.
  • Learning Analytics 2012: Review and Future Challenges (PDF)
    http://kmi.open.ac.uk/publications/pdf/kmi-12-01.pdf
    This technology report, drawing from the LAK 2012 conference, charts the development into the current state of learning analytics, and finally predicts future challenges.
  • Learning in the 21st Century: A 5 Year Retrospective on the Growth in Online Learning
    http://www.tomorrow.org/speakup/learning21Report_2012_Update.html
    This report, a collaboration of Project Tomorrow and Blackboard, is based from surveys of 416,758 K-12 students, parents, and teachers. The report describes the interest in and state of online learning in K-12 schools, showing how online learning tools meet student needs.
  • Mobile phone boom in developing world could boost e-learning
    http://www.guardian.co.uk/global-development/2012/may/30/mobile-phone-developing-world-elearningThe ubiquity of mobile phones in areas with little else, makes mobile learning a cost-effective and compelling proposition according to a report by the GSMA mobile industry. "The study looks at Ghana, Morocco, Uganda and Maharashtra, in India, identifying young people's aspirations and priorities, exploring the education and employment challenges they face, and scrutinising their mobile phone use.
  • MOE Launches Third Masterplan for ICT in Education
    http://www.moe.gov.sg/media/press/2008/08/moe-launches-third-masterplan.php
    “The Ministry of Education has developed the third Masterplan for ICT in Education (2009-2014),” to outline how it will “strengthen integration of ICT into curriculum, pedagogy and assessment.”
  • A New Laboratory Radio Frequency Identification (RFID) System for Behavioural Tracking of Marine Organisms
    http://www.mdpi.com/1424-8220/11/10/9532/
    Researchers are using an RFID system to track marine animals’ behavior, even in saltwater, with a network of antennas set up in a given area that read data from the tiny transponders attached to the organisms as they pass by.
  • New teaching scholarship: "Before you Ban: Empirical Data on Student Laptop Use"
    http://lawprofessors.typepad.com/legal_skills/2012/02/new-teaching-scholarship-before-you-ban-empirical-data-on-student-laptop-use.html
    A law professor studied laptop use in five law courses to gage off-task behavior. She discusses her findings that majority of students are actually not misusing their laptops during class and lists factors that were found to promote off-task behavior.
  • On Educational Data Mining
    http://www.hackeducation.com/2012/04/10/the-department-of-education-on-educational-data-mining/
    This article discusses a report about big data and education released by the Department of Education in the US and the negative connotation of data mining as well as whether current commercial data mining techniques can transfer to educational use. The author mentions how misunderstandings and several other factors pose hurdles in educational data analytics.
  • An Open Source Platform for Internet-based Assessment
    http://grunwald.com/pdfs/Grunwald_Open_Source_Public_Report_v3.pdf
    This report extensively covers the use of open source platforms as a cost-effective and efficient way to conduct assessment. The study also includes results from numerous interviews and sampling efforts.
  • Overview of Education in Singapore

    https://www.bifie.at/system/files/dl/pisa-pirls-timss_symposium-vortrag-Singapore_2012-02-20.pdf
    This report discusses K-12 statistics in performance and subject proficiency.
  • New teaching scholarship: "Before you Ban: Empirical Data on Student Laptop Use"
    http://lawprofessors.typepad.com/legal_skills/2012/02/new-teaching-scholarship-before-you-ban-empirical-data-on-student-laptop-use.html
    A law professor studied laptop use in five law courses to gage off-task behavior. She discusses her findings that majority of students are actually not misusing their laptops during class and lists factors that were found to promote off-task behavior.
  • Pearson Foundation Survey on Students and Tablets
    http://www.pearsonfoundation.org/pr/20120314-new-survey-finds-dramatic-increase-in-tablet-ownership-among-college-students-and-high-school-seniors.html
    The Second Annual Pearson Foundation Survey on Students and Tablets was conducted online in January 2012 by Harris Interactive to identify trends pertaining to high school senior and college students' use of tablets and mobile technology. The results bring to light digital device ownership and purchase intent; perceptions toward tablets; tablet usage and features of interest; and preferences between digital or print formats when reading, studying, and doing other school-related activities.
  • Science, Technology, and Enterprise Plan 2011-2015

    http://www.a-star.edu.sg/Portals/0/media/otherpubs/STEP2015_1Jun.pdf
    This report from the Agency for Science, Technology and Research (A*STAR) discusses Singapore’s economy, science and technology plan, as well as strategies for innovation, and for strengthening international linkages.
  • Singapore National ICT Masterplan 2006-2015

    http://unpan1.un.org/intradoc/groups/public/documents/unpan/unpan032993.pdf
    The report begins by illustrating a few scenarios of how infocomm can enrich the
way we live, work, learn and play in 2015. These scenarios draw on envisaged needs of businesses and individuals by 2015, and technology trends derived from IDA’s Infocomm Technology Roadmap.
  • Singapore: Rapid Improvement Followed by Strong Performance by The Organisation for Economic Co-operation and Development (OECD) (2010)
    http://www.oecd.org/countries/singapore/46581101.pdf
    This report gives a comprehensive background of Singapore, establishing is historical and socio-economical context, as well as describing the education system and its different phases from 1959. Also explored in depth are the current focuses, triumphs and challenges of modern education in Singapore.
  • Study: '21st Century Learning' Demands Mix of Abilities
    http://blogs.edweek.org/edweek/inside-school-research/2012/07/study_deeper_learning_needs_st_1.html
    The modern workplace and lifestyle demand that students balance cognitive, personal and interpersonal abilities, but current education policy discussions have not defined those abilities well, according to a special report released this afternoon by the National Research Council of the National Academies of Science.
  • Study Suggests Many Professors Use Interactive Tools Ineffectively in Online Courses
    http://chronicle.com/blogs/wiredcampus/study-suggests-many-professors-use-interactive-tools-ineffectively-in-online-courses/35677
    This article discusses the findings of a study involving 26 high-enrollment online courses at two community colleges. The results showed that the professors relied heavily on text-based assignments, and when they did use more interactive media and tools, students did not believe it was well-integrated into the courses' learning objectives.
  • Surveying Mobile Learning Around the World
    http://blogs.worldbank.org/edutech/mobile-survey
    This post describes two sets of mobile learning reports, one from UNESCO, and one from GSMA and The MasterCard Foundation, to summarize students' perspectives of using their mobiles for learning and what makes them so valuable in the classroom.
  • A Teacher Education Model for the 21st Century: A Report by the National Institute of Education, Singapore (2009)
    http://www.nie.edu.sg/files/about-nie/TE21%20online%20version.pdf
    This document describes the NIE’s strategy for training 21st century educators, which is based on the 3:3:3 Roadmap described in the Preface. The NIE TE21 was formulated as a response “to the educational challenges brought forth by the current global landscape as well as anticipated future needs.”
  • Technology Driving Widespread Shift in Teaching Models
    http://campustechnology.com/articles/2012/07/03/technology-driving-widespread-shift-in-teaching-models.aspx
    A recently released report called "Learn Now, Lecture Later" outlines the increase of technology use in classrooms and how students are responding to it. The findings reveal what technologies students want to use, how they feel about the current teaching methods in place, and what is standing in the way of using specific technologies.
  • UNESCO Working Paper Series on Mobile Learning
    http://www.unesco.org/new/en/unesco/themes/icts/m4ed/mobile-learning-resources/unescomobilelearningseries/
    Today there are over 5.9 billion mobile phone subscriptions worldwide, and for every one person who accesses the internet from a computer two do so from a mobile device. Given the ubiquity and rapidly expanding functionality of mobile technologies, UNESCO is enthusiastic about their potential to improve and facilitate learning, particularly in communities where educational opportunities are scarce. This Working Paper Series scans the globe to illuminate the ways in which mobile technologies can be used to support the United Nations Education for All Goals; respond to the challenges of particular educational contexts; supplement and enrich formal schooling; and make learning more accessible, equitable, personalized and flexible for students everywhere.
  • Using Competency-Based Evaluation to Drive Teacher Excellence: Lessons from Singapore (2010)**


    http://opportunityculture.org/images/stories/singapore_lessons-public-impact.pdf
    As stated by the researcher, Lucy Steiner: “Here we present a brief background on the state of teacher evaluation in the United States, the case for why we can learn much from Singapore, and key facts about Singapore’s competency-based teacher evaluation system.”