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This is my plain vanilla reflection on the MOE Workplan Seninar 2013 yesterday.

Here is what always happens. It rains, there is a traffic jam, and it is held at Ngee Ann Polytechnic.

There is often something surprising or juicy, almost like the late Steve Jobs’ “one more thing”.

Not so much this year. It was mostly about developing what has been established over the last two years. Perfectly acceptable.

There were more videos to illustrate the messages this year. I think this was a subconscious recognition that video is the new text. Videos tell more in a few minutes than a session can do in a few hours. I wonder if other stakeholders will be able to watch the videos on a larger platform like YouTube.

I was glad to hear a special segment about ICT-enabled learning. Not just enhanced or optional, but enabled.

The announcement says that the platform will be ready in 2016.

As far as I am concerned, it is already available. It is just not sanctioned, filtered, or curated officially. It is called the Internet.

The best thing about that resource is that everybody creates, curates, and critiques. Using and shaping those resources means we do not live in a vacuum. We teach and learn in context.

I did not think there were announcements that would cause any seismic shifts. There was no need because the shift started two years ago.

If the keynote was likened to an ice cream stall, it had variants of vanilla. Some folks like vanilla. If you look for it, you might find a poll or two that show it is the most popular flavour of ice cream.

Vanilla is a valid flavour. Most of us might like vanilla. As long as there are no nuts.

I attended the MOE Workplan Seminar 2008 this morning. This seminar is held once a year, typically for the Education Minister to reflect on the past year and to shed some light on the path ahead.

You should be able to see a press release or a copy of the speech soon. I had intended to blog the event ‘live’ but met up with a few old friends there and got distracted!

There was lots to be said of course. But one thing struck a chord. The Minister described how he had visited schools to solicit feedback from schools. In summarising one of his findings, he mentioned how some principals and teachers had indicated that they hoped to implement changes so that children would “enjoy coming to school” and “learning by play”. That is a tall order and one that seems to be coming from the sample of schools he visited and not from MOE HQ.

Might this be the “Welcome!” doormat for educational gaming? I’ll take my fingers off the Wiimote for just long enough to keep my fingers crossed!

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