Tuesday, November 29, 2011

Essays on Science and Society on Open Source Physics by Wolfgang Christian, Francisco Esquembre, Lyle Barbato

Essays on Science and Society on Open Source Physics by Wolfgang Christian, Francisco Esquembre, Lyle Barbato.
PDF http://www.sciencemag.org/content/334/6059/1077.full.pdf

to cite them, i used Endnote to import the entry from
Christian, W., Esquembre, F., & Barbato, L. (2011). Open Source Physics. Science, 334(6059), 1077-1078. doi: 10.1126/science.1196984

Science Prize for Online Resources in Education (SPORE) Winners 

25 November 2011:
Open Source Physics >
Wolfgang Christian, Francisco Esquembre, and Lyle Barbato
A curriculum resource designed around interactive computer-based modeling brings computational physics to students of all levels.


Scientists routinely use computer modeling and computation in innovative research, including predicting the nature of He4 at extremely low temperatures and the impact of human activity on climate. Why does computer-based modeling remain absent from many educational programs? 

My thoughts:
This is a great paragraph to set the stage for the work done OSP. Computer-based modeling remain absent from many educational programs probably due to a lack of deep technological, pedagogical and content knowledge TPCK teachers in the secondary and junior college setting. Universities perhaps may have an easily time since professors are more likely to be deep in these TPCK. In addition, educational setting traditionally emphasize on information transmission to students, this old practice has made it way into the schools and is going to be extreme difficult to change as Ohm's put it " the path of less resistance" , an analog to current flow in electric circuits.

The Open Source Physics (OSP) project, www.compadre.org/osp/, seeks to enhance computational physics education by providing a central Web site containing computer modeling tools, simulations, curricular resources such as lesson plans, and a computational physics textbook that explains the pedagogic simulations' algorithms (1). Our resources are based on small single-concept simulations packaged with source codes that can be examined, modified, recompiled, and freely redistributed to teach fundamental computational skills. Students at all levels will benefit from these interactive simulations by learning to question and assess the simulation's assumptions and output.
My thoughts:
This is a great paragraph, presenting a balance view of learning as doing, as inquiry in various levels of the 5e learning cycle - engage, explore, explain, elaborate and evaluate. The strength i feel is in the constructionism assessment feedback, being able to change the codes and observe the changes in the model makes the 5e a more formidable learning cycle, in the presence of communicating in logically syntax of Java.

Students who learn physics concepts via static pictures may be led to construct incomplete or incorrect mental models that hamper their understanding of physical concepts. Our ready-to-run simulations and tools for developing new simulations help students visualize situation and better understand abstract concepts through a research-proven pedagogical process called the Learning Cycle (2, 3).
My thoughts:
I would say it is research-validated instead of  "research-proven" , since the process of science is a series of agreement among people backed by data in the world, and models of the world changes with the unearthing of newer evidences and stronger or conflicting evidence-data and thus a newer model of understanding in required and proposed.
I learn i must use Learning Cycle like in my research, it looks complete with sound strategy.

Table 1. Modeling Cycle Example: The Constant Velocity Model by Jane Jackson, Larry Dukerich, David Hestenes http://www.ridleysd.k12.pa.us/cms/lib2/PA01001042/Centricity/Domain/35/ModInstrArticle_NSELAspr08.pdf
I leave you to read the article on the website.:)

Computational modeling tools allow students to understand a model and its computational programming rather than working on creating its user interface. Paraphrasing Richard Feynman, we have learned that if we cannot reduce a model to an algorithm, we do not completely understand it.

My thoughts:
My sentiments is exactly the same! indeed my physics understanding has evolved more deeply because of the computer models I help to remix. you are going to learn a lot more than just physics, logical thinking, debugging skills, communicating skills (if you ask for help online forums), the question of just teach physics is not likely to happen with using Easy Java Simulation, YOU Learn a great deed more, like in real life.
Schooling will need to be redefined for Easy Java Simulation to take roots in schools for students to be designers of computers models, i feel.

check out my digital library remixed here

Science education prize goes to Open Source Physics By John Timmer

Science education prize goes to Open Source Physics



Collision Cart model http://weelookang.blogspot.com/2010/06/ejs-open-source-java-applet-1d.html


In an attempt to raise the profile of worthwhile science education projects, Science magazine has started handing out the Science Prize for Online Resources in Education, or SPORE. This week's award is going to a project called Open Source Physics. Started by a group of college professors, the site offers simulation software on a wide variety of topics in the physical sciences (including astronomy), accompanied by guides and lesson plans that help integrate it into the classroom.
The software available on the site, as its name implies, all comes with the source code; it's written in Java so it will work across platforms. There are also libraries that take care of a lot of the heavy lifting for physics: drawing and plotting, differential equation solvers, exporting to animated GIFs and movies, etc., all available under the GPL for others to use to create their own simulations.
Setting up a useful site has been a learning experience for the people behind it; in accepting the SPORE, they write, "We learned that 'freely available on the Internet' is not enough. The process of establishing and cultivating an active international community that shares new simulations takes an ongoing commitment." That commitment seems to be paying off; the site is now serving over 10,000 visitors a month, which is pretty good for a fairly niche audience.
My thoughts:
This is awesome news! I used Google Alerts to learn about the latest happenings on the internet with the keyword "Easy Java Simulation" and on 26 Novemeber 2011, i got the email from Google Alerts. nice :)

Science education prize goes to Open Source Physics
Ars Technica
Started by a group of college professors, the site offers simulation software on a wide variety ... it's written in Java so it will work across platforms. ...

I agree that making the educational resources and curriculum tools 'freely available on the Internet' is a crucial step, i would even go so far as to say it is essential, just look at the password restricted website, has their resources been able to diffuse and help other teachers as intended? I think making things searchable by google is KEY to any outreach program.
A structure or policy that cannot be easily replicate by other big organizations perhaps due to the overwhelming concerns and fears of copyrights infringement, others or own, and uninspired political will to embrace the new 21st century world that we live in.

I am proud to say that "The process of establishing and cultivating an active international community that shares new simulations takes an ongoing commitment.", this is another NEXT STEP after "free access".
lookang and Brown Professor Wolfgang Christian @MPTL14 http://www.fisica.uniud.it/URDF/mptl14/how_to.htm a conference that i self financed to meet the giants of OSP!

lookang and Professor Francisco Esquembre @MPTL14 http://www.fisica.uniud.it/URDF/mptl14/how_to.htm a conference that i self financed to meet the giants of OSP!

You can browse through what i have actively contributing to the OSP community here on the OSP website.

Loo Kang WEE
Ministry of Education
1 North Buona Vista Drive
Singapore 138675 http://weelookang.blogspot.com/
Loo Kang WEE
Ministry of Education
1 North Buona Vista Drive
Singapore 138675

Contact Information
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Public Folders Electricity & Magnetism
lookang stack
Modern Physics
Newtonian Mechanics
Thermal Physics
Accepted Submissions (6)
  1. Direct Current Electrical Motor Model
  2. Newton's Cradle Applet
  3. Learning with multiple representations: An example of a revision lesson in mechanics
  4. Lorentz force on a current carrying wire java applet
  5. Cyclotron in 3D Model
  6. Vernier calipers applet with many options for smallest division
there are some earlier submissions to Prof Wolfgang directly through emails like 

1. Leveraging Easy Java Simulation for High School Curriculum  [ Conference Proceedings ]
This paper highlights the diverse possibilities in the rich community of educators from the Conceptual Learning of Science (CoLoS) and Open Source Physics (OSP) movement to engage,…
2. Vernier Caliper Model  [ Computer Program ]
The Vernier Caliper model shows the principle of operation and the physical parts of a Vernier Caliper. The Vernier calipers model has an object (Blue) for the internal jaws to…
7. Micrometer Model  [ Computer Program ]
The Micrometer Model shows the principle of operation and the physical parts of a real micrometer. Micrometers use a screw to amplify distances that are too small to measure directly…
8. Blackbody Radiation Spectrum Model  [ Computer Program ]
The Blackbody Radiation Spectrum model shows six fixed-temperature curves between Tmin and Tmax and a red variable-temperature curve that can be adjusted using a slider. The…
 Pending Submissions (2)
  1. Rotational Gimbal Model
  2. 1 D collision for analysis with Elastic and Inelastic Collision
Comments (28)
  1. Re: chance to release a trk file that is for version 4.6 now
  2. chance to release a trk file that is for version 4.5
  3. is this written in Ejs?
  4. supporting this paper on page 2
  5. awesome talk, wish i could be there!
  6. to download the jar file please visit http://www.phy.ntnu.edu.tw/ntnujava/index.php?topic=2195.0
  7. a remixed of this original simulation by Wolfgang Christian, Francisco Esquembre, and Mario Belloni
  8. thanks for your amazing simulation :)
  9. excellent way to learn A, T, v, lambda, omega, max transverse v
  10. great applet.
  11. i like the context of the black body diagram and the resultant color
  12. bug fixed here Ejs Open Source Motion of Charge Particle in Electric & Magnetic Field in 3D
  13. notice the electrons are space too near each other
  14. If Field Lines can be added, it would a great visualization tool
  15. the lesson design is fantastic!
  16. nice applet Andrew Duffy
  17. what it the cause of this runtime error?
  18. t/2 the actual period of the motion of the planets in years?
  19. great physics stuff! Ejs Hard Disk Gas Model
  20. Thanks for sharing!
  21. Re: any idea how to overcome this compiling error?
  22. any idea how to overcome this compiling error?
  23. can add new feature?
  24. Re: .mov
  25. Re: Made a remixed here
  26. is the file incomplete during upload?
  27. Made a remixed here
  28. Christian, W., & Hwang, F.-K. (2008). Magnetic Field from Loops Model (Version 1.0).
Discussion Posts (11)
  1. Re: Re: Re: Re: can someone create a dmg file or hints to install Java3D on MacOSX
  2. Re: Re: can someone create a dmg file or hints to install Java3D on MacOSX
  3. can someone create a dmg file or hints to install Java3D on MacOSX
  4. Re: PDF describing how to debug EJS simulations
  5. Re: Re: Re: Re: Re: Objects in EJS
  6. scalarField - Show Legend - can it be controlled to display inside a panel of my choice?
  7. problem running video in Mac for tracker 4.5
  8. Re: Use Google Reader to stay up-to-date on OSP simulations
  9. Re: Papers for EJS
  10. How to edit the contributor names again after i added my name to the list?
  11. Papers for EJS
 Contributions to other ComPADRE Collections (2)
  1. Physics Front: Re: Response from Editor to Lookang's post
  2. Physics Front: currently, the simulation does not random-size an object, do u want that feature?

Wednesday, November 23, 2011

Appreciation Awards Ceremony on 23 Nov 2011

Physics Task Force Members on TSOI Model of BBL.
(L to R) Dr Raymond Tsoi, Dr Tan Kah Chye, Dr Charles Chew, Mr Wee Loo Kang
Physics Subject Chapter http://www.academyofsingaporeteachers.moe.gov.sg/cos/o.x?c=/ast/pagetree&func=view&rid=1072655 , if you scroll down on AST page, can see me

Appreciation Awards Ceremony on 23 Nov 2011
there is a typo error in the email "Appreaction" instead of Appreciation, hope i am still good to go. :)

got Appreciation Award 

but how to get "Outstanding Resource Teacher Award"? anyway, i contributed 2 simulations (AC generator and Bouncing Ball ) and introduce Tracker to the Academy Physics Master teacher.

"Outstanding Resource Teacher Award" is for workshops.
Partner is really external partners like science center etc

Dear Awardees,

This is a gentle reminder on the upcoming Appreciation Awards ceremony.

This year's Appreciation Awards ceremony will be held on 23 Nov 2011 at the MOE Function Room, Level 24 (Tower Block)

Please remember to bring along your Civil Service Card for security clearance.

The theme for this year’s ceremony is 'Celebrate Our Stars: Connecting through Professionals, Knowledge and Practice’.

Please note that registration for award recipients will start at 2pm followed by a briefing for award recipients at 2.30pm.

All award recipients and guests are advised to be seated by 2.45pm, awaiting the arrival of Guest-of-Honour at 3pm.

The programme for the Appreciation Awards ceremony is appended below for your reference.



Arrival and registration of award recipients.
Briefing for award recipients.
Arrival of Guest-of-Honour

Address by Guest-of -Honour

Presentation of Awards
certificate of appreciation for contributing to professional learning of teachers signed by DGE 

·         Appreciation Award
catching up with DGE, last time i spoke to her was at innoLab trip 2007

·         Outstanding Resource Teacher Award

·         Partner Award
Science Center CEO
End of ceremony



On behalf of
Appreciation Awards Team

an earlier email

Appreciation Awards Ceremony 2011

1.    Congratulations!  We are pleased to inform you that you have been conferred an Appreciation Award for your contribution towards the professional development of teachers.

2.    These Appreciation Awards recognise the contributions of Education Officers (EOs), Executive and Administrative Staff (EAS), Allied Educators (AEDs) and academics from Institutes of Higher Learning (IHL) who have collaborated actively with MOE to enhance the professional development of our teachers. 

3.    We cordially invite you to the Appreciation Awards Ceremony 2011 to be held on 23 November 2011. 

Details of Event:

Venue                  :           Ministry of Education HQ,
                                          Level 24, Function Room
1 North Buona Vista Drive
Singapore 138675

Time                     :           3:00 pm
                                          Registration starts at 2:30 pm 

Attire                     :           Office Attire

You are advised to carpool or travel by public transport. Alternatively there are car parks within the MOE HQ vicinity

Thank you.

Thursday, November 10, 2011

The Academy Symposium 10th November 2011 Science Centre

The Academy Symposium
10th November 2011 to be hosted by the Academy of Singapore Teachers,
2 Malan Rd S(109433)
Science Centre Singapore
15 Science Centre Road
Singapore 609081

Submission of Synopsis for Concurrent Sessions

Objectives of the Concurrent Session:
This session will comprise two parts: sharing on effective teaching practices or a school-based action research followed by co-generative dialogue with the participants for further professional learning. Please note that presenters need to facilitate the dialogue.

The deadline for submission is 25th July 2011, Mon

Title for my sharing:
Physics by Inquiry with Simulations Design for Learning

draft PPT https://docs.google.com/present/edit?id=0ATIvSg-TzZrZZGZmN3dnYzdfNzQ3Z2JtdzdtZjg&hl=en_US
final: https://docs.google.com/open?id=0BzIvSg-TzZrZMTU2NzI1OTctNDJhNi00YjllLThmZmItMjVjYTkyOTMzZTg4

The simulations (NTNU Java virtual Lab) and curriculum materials (ICT connection lesson) can be found.

Our session has taken the liberty to film(video) ourselves to encourage the proliferation of our Open Source Physics network, lead by myself (Wee Loo Kang), Lee Tat Leong and Goh Giam Hwee.
May you find our presentation insightful and with best intentions.

Shout out thanks to Dr Charles and Boon Chien for the masterful facilitation J

Our session can be viewed here

Our own ground-up edited videos are up and in 4 parts
Our works are licensed under creative commons attribution http://creativecommons.org/licenses/by/3.0/


All 4 parts in one video thanks to YouTube for giving me longer than 15 minutes!
Video is up. part 1/4

part 2/4
part 3/4
part 4/4

The Write-Up.
The third Masterplan for ICT (MOE, 2009b) technology design for learning initiative using free tools from the Open Source Physics (Christian, 2010) seeks to illustrate meaningful integration of ICT in physics education through student centred activities, for promoting self-directed learning (Tan, Shanti, Tan, & Cheah, 2011) supported by effective processes for social collaborative learning (Chai, Lim, So, & Cheah, 2011).

The Open Source Physics community used Easy Java Simulation (Esquembre, 2004) has created hundreds of simulations that could be finer customized (Wee & Mak, 2009) to the Singapore syllabus for more targeted productive activities.
We will share the collision cart simulation with RVHS (Lee, Wee, Cheng, & Wong, 2010) and 5 gravitational simulations with Yishun JC. These simulations we argue are appropriate laboratory environments that can provide the experience and context essential for deepening student’s conceptual understanding of Physics through student centred guided inquiry (Kirschner, Sweller, & Clark, 2006) approach supported by social collaborative discourse.

Cognitive Load Theory & Social Constructivism

Student-centred active learning through customized simulations with guided inquiry and social discourse can enhance learning of physics concepts.

Future Direction:
Subject chapter physics teachers lead simulation based curriculum, advancing the professionalism of educators (MOE, 2009a).



Update: 29/09/2011
found my own abstract here. seems edited by AST http://www.academyofsingaporeteachers.moe.gov.sg/cos/o.x?c=/ast/pagetree&func=view&rid=1073201#k

1.10 Physics by Inquiry with Simulations Design for Learning
Secondary Physics 
Mr Wee Loo Kang (Educational Technology Division)
Mr Lee Tat Leong (River Valley High)
Mr Goh Giam Hwee (Yishun JC)

In light of the third Masterplan for ICT (MOE, 2009), technology design for promoting self-directed learning (Tan, Shanti, Tan, & Cheah, 2011), in students, the use of free tools from the Open Source Physics (Christian, 2010) should be harnessed. The Open Source Physics community which uses Easy Java Simulation (Esquembre, 2004) has created hundreds of simulations that can be customized (Wee & Mak, 2009) to the Singapore syllabus for productive learning experiences. The integration of these ICT tools in Physics education through student-centred activities and supported by effective processes of collaborative learning (Chai, Lim, So, & Cheah, 2011) is a meaningful step forward for engaged learning.

In this session, the team will share the collision cart simulation designed by RVHS (Lee, Wee, Cheng, & Wong, 2010) and 5 gravitational simulations. It is the team’s belief that these customised simulations supported by social collaborative discourses, will provide learning experiences to deepen student’s conceptual understanding of Physics through student-centred guided inquiry (Kirschner, Sweller, & Clark, 2006) approach.

Concurrent Session /
Title of presentation



Level /Subject

Movie Lab
(Level 1)
Physics by Inquiry with Simulations Design for Learning
Mr Wee Loo Kang
Educational Technology Division
Mr Lee Tat Leong
River Valley High School
Mr Goh Giam Hwee
Yishun Junior College
Charles Chew
Yap Boon Chien
Secondary Physics
Date: 10 November 2011
Time: 1100-1200
Venue: Science Centre, Movie Studio Level 1

Dear 1st presenters

To add value to the learning experience of both the presenters as well as the participants so that it is a meaningful and fruitful session for all, we have arranged for the following:
Briefing @ AST
Please attend the briefing by MTTs, details of which are as follows:
Date: 6 October (Thursday) or 11 October (Tuesday). Please indicate your preferred slot in the form attached.
Time: 3pm
Venue: Academy of Singapore Teachers
TR 16 & 17

Dry Run @ Science Centre Singapore
We have arranged for presenters to familiarise with the presentation venues and set up.
Details are as follows:
Date: 8 November (Tuesday)
Time: 2.15pm or 3.15pm or 4.15pm. Please indicate your preferred slot in the form attached.
Venue: Visitors' Centre @Science Centre Singapore

Please report to the visitors' centre at the time you have indicated. An Academy officer will lead you to your presentation venue.

Kindly complete the attached form and return it to irene_lee@moe.gov.sg by 27 September 2011.

If you have any further queries, you may contact Irene Lee at irene_lee@moe.gov.sg (66641333) or Mdm Lynn Koh at koh_lee_leng@moe.gov.sg (66641384)

Update 2: 27/09/2011
from http://www.academyofsingaporeteachers.moe.gov.sg/cos/o.x?c=/ast/pagetree&func=view&rid=1073129

Dear Teachers,

The Academy of Singapore Teachers is pleased to invite you to register for the inaugural Academy Symposium Celebrating Learning, Transforming Practice.

The Symposium aims to bring teachers together to celebrate their continual engagement in professional networked learning. It is also an affirmation of teachers taking ownership for and leadership of their professional growth with the aim of transforming their practice.

The objectives of the Symposium are to:
a) provide a platform for the fraternity to celebrate the collaborative efforts in professional networked learning; and
b) nurture a vibrant culture of teacher-led professional learning to inspire and transform practice.

Details of the Symposium are as follows:
Date: 10 November 2011 (Thursday)
Time: 0800h – 1730h
Venue: Science Centre Singapore
15 Science Centre Road
Singapore 609081

Please visit the Academy Symposium website for more details. Registration is extended till 10 October 2011.

The registration form is attached. You can also download the registration form at the Symposium website. Please complete the registration form and email it to Mdm Azreen at Nur_Azreen_JASMAN@moe.gov.sg by 10 October 2011

Update 4:
Other Sessions of interest to me.

2.7b  Use of Video-based Instruction to Visualise Inquiry Demonstration (VIVID) to Enhance Understanding of Light & Waves for Upper Secondary
Secondary Physics 
Mr Chan Yook Mun (Hong Kah Sec)

Mrs Julie Quah (Bukit Batok Sec)
Mr Quek Chin Keong (Bukit Batok Sec)

Mr Tan Chong Chay (Hong Kah Sec)

The 21st century learners are digitally literate. They use sound and images to convey content whenever possible, enjoy multi-tasking and have shorter attention spans. To engage and to prepare these learners to be self-directed in their learning, teachers need to use more learner-centred strategies.

Project VIVID, a video-based novel approach transforms the teacher-centric traditional demonstration to pupil-centric inquiry demonstration.  Customised video clips are used to capture students’ attention. By means of Socratic questioning together with a guided worksheet, engaging and effective inquiry-based lessons in Light and Waves for Upper Secondary Physics are designed for teachers’ use.

In Hong Kah Secondary School, these videos are loaded onto the school’s Facebook and pupils in the school are encouraged to capitalise on social media in their learning. In Bukit Batok Secondary School, the teachers use demonstration to trigger a discussion. The videos are captured for student recall and review in the following lessons. These videos are content specific, and are critical for students to use for problem solving. The use of video-based instruction to visualise inquiry demonstrations is in line with John Gilbert’s three levels of visualisation of macro, micro and symbolic representation for effective teaching and meaningful learning.

3.7 Use of Video-based Instruction to Visualise Inquiry Demonstration (VIVID) to Enhance Understanding of Physics Concepts in Lower Secondary Science
Secondary Physics
Mrs Yeo Swee Leng (Bedok Town Sec)
Mr Lim Jing Kai (Bedok Town Sec)

The project aims to redesign inquiry-based learning in Science and enhance understanding of Physics concepts in Lower Secondary Science such as Parallel and Series Circuits through videos created by teachers.  Students are engaged in active discussions based on specially developed videos instead of just reading through the experimental procedure and carrying out the task.

The project is based on the Dual Coding Theory which argues that memory is facilitated when two processes such as visual and verbal learning are engaged (Tan et. al., 2003). With the self-created videos that are customised according to syllabus outcomes, teachers then applied the 5E (Engage, Explore, Explain, Elaborate and Evaluate) pedagogical framework to inspire teaching and engaged learning. The video creations also allow teachers to work collaboratively in the design and development of inquiry lesson activities and thereby building teacher capacity and fostering greater collegiality.

Based on the generative conversations on this VIVID project at this session, an Action Research project will be carried out to determine the impact of VIVID on students’ learning in both cognitive and affective domains.
free and interesting use of SMS to poll students' responses

Update 29/09/2011



Concurrent Session
Presenter(s) Details
Please indicate 1st presenter with *
Briefing Session#
6 Oct or 11 Oct

Dry Run
8 Nov
dietary request

Name School/Division Email
Eg:   1.1 John Tan* ABC Primay John_tan@moe.edu.sg Yes. 06 Oct  Yes. 2.15pm Yes
1.1 Ang Sally XYZ Primary ang_sally@moe.edu.sg
No. No

1.10 WEE Loo Kang Education Technology Division wee_loo_kang@moe.gov.sg Yes. 11 Oct Yes. 3.15pm No
1.10 LEE Tat Leong River Valley High  lee_tat_leong@moe.edu.sg Yes. 11 Oct Yes. 3.15pm No
1.10 GOH Giam Hwee Jimmy Yishun Junior College goh_giam_hwee@moe.edu.sg Yes. 11 Oct Yes. 3.15pm No

Programme for 11 Oct 2011
2.30 pm Registration
3.00 pm Objectives of Symposium ,Programme, Networked Learning
3.30 pm Enacting Networked Learning, 6th Oct – Pri Science team, 11th Oct – Soc Studies team
4.15 pm Tea break
4.30 pm Meeting up with Subject Chapter MTTs to discuss presentation of networked learning
5.00 pm Dissemination of administrative information
5.15 pm Q & A

1. Where can I park at the Academy of Singapore Teachers?
At the Academy, we have around 60 Car Park places available on a 1st-come-1st-served basis for participants/visitors. Once all the parking places have been taken, participants/visitors may wish to park at the nearby Car parks at the various buildings around the Academy.
The location of buildings along with the parking charges are appended in Appendix 8a to 8d. Parking charges range between S$1.20 and S$1.61 per hour (Mon-Fri before 5/6pm).
NOL Building 456 Alexandra Road, S(119962) ?
Hort Park?
PSA Building 460 Alexandra Road, S(119963)
The Comtech 60 Alexandra Terrace, S(118502)

Update 17 October 2011

Dear Presenters

Thank you for accepting the invitation to present at the concurrent sessions of the inaugural Academy Symposium ‘Celebrating Learning Transforming Practice’.

We have attached the templates of the background slides for your presentation (Windows or Mac OS). Please use the prescribed template in your preparation of the presentation slides at the concurrent sessions. You may insert your school logo on the slides.

Please note the following important information to facilitate your participation.

Symposium Details
10 November 2011 (Thursday)
8.00am – 5.30pm
Science Centre Singapore
15 Science Centre Road
Singapore 609081



Registration and breakfast
Arrival of Guest of Honour
Opening  Address by 
Academy of Singapore Teachers

Tea Break
Plenary Session 1 / Concurrent Session 1
tat leong sharing

announcement of change of venue to movie studio

jimmy sharing

jimmy sharing

Plenary Session 2
Plenary Session 3 / Concurrent Session 2
Plenary Session 4 / Concurrent Session 3
Tea Break
Plenary Session 5
Closing Remarks

The Registration Desks are located outside the Curiosity Shop.  You will receive the Symposium Pack upon registration. Please refer to the Symposium Programme booklet for the venues of the various sessions.  Please be seated by 8.45am.

Breakout Sessions
We seek your understanding that as the arrangement in the rooms are customised to the presentation mode, seating capacity is limited.

For Plenary Sessions 1, 3 and 4, admittance is by vouchers only. The vouchers will be issued during the morning tea break.

Please be punctual for all sessions.

Tea breaks and Lunch
Breakfast, morning tea (only coffee and tea will be served), lunch and afternoon tea will be provided.

Transport/Car Park
Free Parking is available at the Science Centre Singapore.  Please refer to the Science Centre’s website for information on available public transport. http://www.science.edu.sg/visitorinformation/Pages/location.aspx

Update for video recording 4 Nov 2011:
Dear Presenters:

The Academy Symposium celebrates the continual engagement of teachers in professional networked learning, through which teachers take ownership for their professional growth with the aim of transforming their practice.

To capture the essence of networked learning at the Symposium, we have specially selected your presentation at the Concurrent Sessions for video-taping. By capturing those incidental learning where individuals come together to learn from and with each other thereby co-create new knowledge, we hope to showcase to the teaching fraternity the professional learning and encourage the proliferation of more professional networks.   

We look forward to your insightful presentation at the coming Academic Symposium.

Thank you

Warm Regards
Academy Symposium Secretariat

Letter of Appreciation from Academy of Singapore Teachers