Shuqun Personalised Asynchronous Curriculum for Collaborative and Self-directed Learning (SPARCS)
Shuqun Personalised Asynchronous curriculum for Collaborative and Self-directed learning (SPARCS) programme is a blended model of teaching and learning enabled through the use of technology in the classroom. One of the main drivers of the schools’ 1-to-1 computing initiative, the SPARCS programme is currently in place for all Secondary 1E, 2E and 2NA classes. Through this, we hope to improve the quality of learning for students by enabling learning anytime and anywhere.
The flipped instruction is one component of the SPARCS programme, which aims to develop students as self-directed and collaborative learners. Through this instruction, students will acquire content knowledge through “Pre-readings” which may come in the form of watching video lessons prepared by the teachers. The shift of having instructional time outside of allocated curriculum hours allows more class time to be used for engaged learning through ICT enriched learning activities and collaborative discussions.
The classroom is transformed where the teachers are no longer the “centre of attention”. Instead, they play the role of facilitators through clarifying questions raised and providing timely feedback while students work individually or in small teams to complete learning activities enhanced through the use of various learning platforms on their personal learning devices (PLD).
As part of the SPARCS programme, the Secondary 1 students will undergo ICT lessons which will equip them with the basic technological skills needed to support their learning. In addition, students will learn how to collaborate online and use online tools to create digital artefacts to demonstrate their learning
In 2015, Shuqun Secondary School was selected as a Microsoft Showcase School in recognition of efforts in transforming learning experiences to deliver more personalised education to students through the SPARCS programme. The school will continue to work closely with Microsoft to better design technology enabled immersive and inclusive learning experiences that inspire lifelong learning in our students.