Design your own learning with cool school app
In Singapore, a new initiative to improve children's learning in schools is becoming increasingly popular.
Trail Shuttle is an effort from gaming company Rockmoon — in collaboration with a local Ministry of Education program called FutureSchools@Singapore — that uses technology to let students direct their own learning programs.
Trail Shuttle “empowers users to achieve the desired learning outcomes by enabling them to customize one-of-a-kind, indoor and/or outdoor learning trails.” What that means, in essence, is that Trail Shuttle promotes self-directed learning via individualized, experiential paths. Three components, in turn, are involved to make that goal possible: a Web-based toolkit for creating learning programs as well as a mobile app that allows students to explore and experience those programs, and a monitoring app that lets teachers track students’ progress.
Included in the mobile app for students are an augmented reality way-finder and code scanner; quizzes to test the student’s learning; chat capabilities; and the ability to check in at “hotspots” and complete specific tasks, according to a report on SGEntrepreneurs.com, which also notes that some 16 Singapore schools are now participating in the program. Trail Shuttle’s Web-based toolkit works on the Chrome and Firefox 6 browsers, while its free exploration and monitoring app runs on iOS 4.3 or later.
Singapore is for many reasons a place to look at for inspiration, especially when it comes to Design to Improve Life. This is one of the reasons INDEX: Design to Improve Life® has Singapore as a partner city, and we are delighted to see all the great initiatives that keep emerging from this front running metropolitan. If you are in Singapore before the 19thof February 2012, make sure you go and check out the INDEX: Award 2011 Exhibition at the plaza in front of The Cathay building in downtown Singapore.