As Singaporean education aims to prepare its students to meet the demands of the upcoming digital economy, it must integrate technology into the academic curriculum.

The prospect of educational technologies (EduTech) in the classroom, however, makes some educators uncertain. Yet, the growing importance of future-proofing our learners with 21st-century skills such as critical thinking, problem-solving, collaborative learning and information literacy is an indication to educators of the need to play catch-up with EduTech when trying to develop these skills in learners. For that to happen, are our teachers ready to embrace ICT? How do we guide teachers through a tech-integration model such that teachers can evaluate for themselves where they stand in their individual tech-integration efforts. For those who wish to make progress in their tech-integration, allowance must be made for interaction – be it online or face to face for objective sharing, commenting and critiquing where necessary to help everyone grow from their starting points.

From 8 to 10 November 2017, I was buzzing about at Suntec City Convention Centre in search for experts’ views and recommendations as well as to find out what the new developments and approaches relating to educational technologies (EdTech) were. On top of these, I was also was involved in two-panel discussions and two oral presentations.

“Having attended Edutech Asia every year since 2016, it is one conference I would definitely recommend for educators who want to know what’s new and what’s out in the area of instructional design with technology.”

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By Soofrina Binte Mubarak, EdTech Coordinator and Senior Educational Therapist

This article was published in FACETS, Vol 1. 2018