Monday, November 28, 2016

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Loo Kang Lawrence Wee
Ministry of Education, Educational Technology Division, Singapore

Open Source Physics at Singapore (OSP@SG) is a project by Singapore Ministry of Education which helps teachers bring real-world physics concepts into the classroom.

The programme is innovative in that it complements real-life experiments by providing interactive resources that help visualisation. The programme also has developed the pedagogy for mathematical modelling, where students’ ideas can be 'tested' or modelled and compared with real life or simulated data. It is accessible anytime, anywhere because students can run the programme on computers and mobile devices. The modelling tools available are free for students all over the world to access and edit. Anyone could remix, redistribute the customized or re-purpose resources under the licenses compatible with creative commons attribution. This helps to enhance the teachers’ productivity in the lesson preparation as they can have easy access to the resources and need not start from scratch.

Since 2012, MOE has been collaborating with schools¹ on OSP@SG, with positive feedback received on the project both in Singapore and around the world. Some benefits include enhanced students’ learning through the student-centric pedagogy where students learn to experiment like real life scientists using modelling and simulation. Students could better visualise, explore and discover abstract physics concepts through manipulation and modelling techniques. In addition, an interest-based learning community for the OSP@SG has been formed. 

This community includes the many OSP experts namely, Professor Francisco Esquembre, Fu-Kwun Hwang, Wolfgang Christian, Felix Garcia and Douglas Brown and many more in the world that helped to develop the materials to sustain the community. By networking and learning with the experts, teachers in local schools are now taking greater ownership of the materials they author by either remixing the models or creating new worksheets to support the guided inquiry or modelling pedagogy afforded through OSP@SG.

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¹ Anderson Junior College, Evergreen Secondary School, Hwa Chong Institution, Innova Junior College, Meridian Junior College, National Junior College, Raffles Girls’ Secondary School, River Valley High School, Saint Andrew’s Junior College, Serangoon Junior College, Victoria Junior College and Yishun Junior College.