MOE launched the National Digital Literacy Programme (NDLP) for our schools and Institutes of Higher Learning to help students strengthen their digital literacy. One of the components of the NDLP is the introduction of the Personalised Digital Learning Programme (PDLP) for all secondary school students, whereby every secondary school student will own a school-prescribed Personal Learning Device (PLD) by end-2021.
Students from PDLP Pilot schools sharing their experiences learning with a personal learning device.
Personalised Digital Learning Programme (PDLP) in BMSS
With 1 to 1 tech-enabled learning, to create a student-centric, engaging and stimulating teaching and learning environment which encourages Merahans to:
- take ownership of their learning,
- participate in collaborative learning and
- extend their learning beyond the classroom.
Every Merahan will be using the Acer TravelMate Spin B3 as their personal learning device.
Acer TravelMate is a portable device that offers students convenient learning on-the-move, it also allows for a seamless learning experience alongside existing learning technologies such as the Student Learning Space (SLS), Google Suite and Microsoft Office. The touch screen and inking function makes it the device of choice in developing students’ application and creative skills.
Model: TravelMate Spin B3
CPU: Intel Celeron Dual Core Processor N4020
Memory: 4GB DDR4 system
Screen Display: 11.6″
Operating System: Windows 10 Pro
To ensure affordability of PLD, there was a one-time Edusave top-up of $200 in your child’s Edusave account in April 2020 on top of the annual $290 credited into the Edusave account for Secondary School students.
For students who need additional support, complete and submit the attached form and supporting income documents to the General Office latest by 25 Jan 2021 (for Sec 1s) and 1 Feb 2021 (for Sec 2s & 3s).
Application is open to all students whose Gross Household Income (GHI) ≤ $4,000 or Per Capita Income (PCI) ≤ $1,000. PCI is GHI divided by the number of household members. Students on MOE Financial Assistance Scheme or School-Based Financial Assistance Scheme do not need to apply for this as they will automatically be granted the subsidy by the school.
If needed, hard copies of the attached form are also available at the General Office.
ICT Applications as part of National Digital Literacy Programme
As part of the NDLP, schools will progressively roll out ICT applications that will be vital to students’ learning experience and educational journey.
The school will need to use your child/ward’s personal data such as his/her name and class to set up user accounts.
Please refer to our Frequently Asked Questions section for more information on the collection of data via these applications.
In the following months, MOE will roll out some or all of the following applications:
- Student ICON
MOE will give every secondary school student an email address. This is a service provided by Google as part of Google Suite.
- Microsoft 365
Every Secondary School will be granted a license to use Microsoft Office tools that include Word, PowerPoint and Excel.
MOE will set up Zoom free account with 40 min time limit using Student iCON for the schools’ video conferencing needs.
Device Management Application (DMA)
Please note that when you purchase a PLD, the PLD will be pre-installed with a Device Management Application (DMA). The DMA has a variety of functions that will support the use of the PLD in the classroom, as well as safeguard students’ cyber-wellness. The DMA can:
- Remotely deploy teaching and learning applications as well as security patches
- Enable teachers to monitor and control the students’ screens
- Restrict apps and websites accessible
- Limit screen time
Teachers are able to actively monitor and control the student’s use of the PLD during lesson time to help student better manage distractions and deliver effective teaching.
Remote deployment of teaching and learning applications as well as security patches is made possible with DMA. Schools may also leverage on the Mobile Device Management Service to install the school’s teaching and learning resources.
This addresses stress to the student’s eyes from prolonged use and cyber wellness concerns, such as excessive and inappropriate use of the PLD.
Frequently Asked Questions
The Device Management Application (DMA) which will be installed in your child/ward’s PLD collects data on usage by the student, such as the amount of time spent on each application. The DMA data will only be used for MOE’s cyber-wellness measures and technical troubleshooting. MOE will not disclose the data to any person otherwise than permitted under the law.
All user data which is collected by MOE will be stored in secure servers managed by the respective vendors of our systems. The Government has put in place strong personal data protection laws and policies to safeguard sensitive data collected by public agencies such as MOE. Please refer to this website for more information on these laws and policies:
- Student iCON: https://workspace.google.com/terms/education_terms_japan.html
- Microsoft Pro Plus: https://portal.office.com/commerce/mosa.aspx
- Zoom: https://zoom.us/docs/en-us/schools-privacy-statement.html
Parents/guardians will be purchasing the PLD directly from the vendor, not MOE. This is pursuant to a bulk tender agreement between MOE and the vendor. The tender documents set out the full terms and conditions of such a purchase, and can be found at this website: https://go.gov.sg/pldtermsandconditions