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Mini Sathiya Sidhan, Wettasinghe, C. M. (2003). A needs assessment enquiry into the creation of media resources by secondary school students. In Research in and on the classroom: ERAS Conference 2003 Proceedings (pp. 278-293). Singapore: Educational Research Association of Singapore.
The Educational Technology Division (ETD) creates media such as educational videos
(eVideos) and audio programmes to support the national curriculum. ETD has been
exploring possibilities of collaborating with schools to create media to build schools’
capacity at creating resources that meets their own specific needs.
The first such collaborative project that ETD embarked on, where the designers of the
media were students, was a DVD project referred to as Trees. The Trees DVD project used
a thematic approach in developing the content in the DVD project. It used the interactivity
provided by DVD technology to provide multi-disciplinary dimensions to the theme of
“trees”. Three schools came on board this project and contributed the content on the
different dimensions on the theme. They also authored the DVD with the professional input
and resources rendered by the expertise of Ngee Ann Polytechnic and NParks.
A key expectation in managing and completing the project is the pupils’ ability at the
various skills in video production such as conceptualisation, scriptwriting, storyboarding,
video and audio recording, editing, etc as well as knowledge about copyrights clearance.
The ability to manage and complete the project is also largely addressed by examining the
role of the teacher and the teachers’ ability to manage a video team.
This study will examine the needs, capabilities and constraints of both ETD and schools for
media creation between ETD and schools. The findings of the investigation will be used to
propose a training solution for schools to fill the anticipated performance gap in videomaking
in schools and any other non-training issues that will need to be addressed to carry
out media creation projects in schools.
This paper was published in the Proceedings of ERAS Conference held in Singapore from 19-21 November 2003
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