SINGAPORE - As students of all levels returned to school this past week, it was announced that home-based learning (HBL) is here to stay. Education Minister Ong Ye Kung said recently that online learning is set to become routine, suggesting that HBL could be held once a fortnight, for starters. Amid the coronavirus pandemic , HBL was rolled out nationwide after schools shut in April. After the circuit breaker to stem the spread of Covid-19 ended on June 1, most students in primary and secondary schools alternated between being physically in school and HBL, on a weekly basis, for a month. Now that the weekly rotation is over, it is timely to assess what lessons were learnt from the big HBL experiment and its chief benefits that can also be reaped in the physical classroom. Educators interviewed by The Straits Times say virtual and classroom learning are two distinct beasts, but there are useful synergies between the two, which, when combined, could lead to students ... » Learn More about Home-based learning: What have we learnt from the great HBL experiment?
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If you've watched or heard of the Netflix film Black Mirror: Bandersnatch, you'd be familiar with the concept of interactive films — imagine the video version of the hit 1980s Choose Your Own Adventure book series. But the 2018 award-winning movie isn't the first to have viewers make choices for the protagonists. That honour goes to Late Shift, a British crime thriller first screened in 2017 at the Cannes Film Festival and made available on PlayStation, Xbox, Apple TV, and other platforms. Now, it is also the first feature-length interactive film to receive a wide theatrical release, and the film will soon be available in Singapore at Golden Village. The movie's about a student Matt (Joe Sowerbutts) who is kidnapped and sort of forced into doing a heist at an auction house while working the late shift at a car park. I say 'sort of' because some of the decisions you, in the audience, get to decide are whether Matt agrees to do the heist and how big of a percentage cut he'd get in ... » Learn More about We try the new ‘choose-your-own-adventure’ interactive movie theatre experience: How is it better than what we already have?
Michael V.’s father, Cesar Bunagan (left) and Michael V. (Image: Instagram/@michaelbitoy, YouTube/Michael V. #BitoyStory) Michael V. paid tribute to his late father, Cesar Bunagan, as his family marked the latter’s first death anniversary yesterday, Oct. 14. The multitalented comedian took to Instagram to remember his father, noting that they were rather glad he did not experience the COVID-19 pandemic. “It’s been a year since nagpaalam ang tatay ko. Somehow, we’re kinda glad na hindi n’ya na inabot ang pandemic (It’s been a year since my father passed away. Somehow, we’re kinda glad that he did not experience the pandemic),” said Michael V., a COVID-19 survivor . “Nakapag-paalam s’ya ng maayos at nasa tabi n’ya kami until his final breath (He was able to bid goodbye to us properly and we were by his side until his final breath),” he added. Bunagan passed away last year at 77 years old. Michael V. did not state the specific cause of his father’s death. “‘Tay, wherever ... » Learn More about Michael V. remembers late father on first death anniversary
SINGAPORE - Accusations of sob stories and delayed as well as missing payments are emerging from suppliers and partners of beleaguered retailer Naiise a day after founder Dennis Tay announced he was liquidating the company and filing for personal bankruptcy. Several brand owners took to social media to express frustration at how Mr Tay blamed Covid-19 for poor business and the company's undoing. Many said late and missing payments and mismanagement of funds have been a problem since as early as 2016, calling into question Tay's intentions. Co-founder of Nom Nom Plush, Ong Yin Hao, told The Straits Times he dislikes "how (Tay) angled it as 'Covid did me in'". Owed around $15,000 for his food-themed plushies, Mr Ong faced late payments on and off since consigning with Naiise in 2015. He continued as "their sales records were good", and he would eventually get paid - although six to eight months late. "They were expanding, but we vendors were constantly owed money," said Mr Ong, ... » Learn More about Not so Naiise after all: Vendors voice anger at founder Dennis Tay and say rot began much earlier
SINGAPORE - When travel restrictions were imposed in March last year, Malaysian postmen working in Singapore faced an agonising dilemma. Should they go home to their loved ones or stay for their jobs? For the Malaysian Muslim staff who stayed on, it means spending a second Ramadan apart from their families. More than 30 of them were recognised at SingPost's annual iftar (breaking of fast) session, held virtually on Friday night (April 16). Mr Khairul Faris Abdul Wahab was left with only hours to decide whether or not to go home after Malaysia announced its movement control order (MCO) at the start of the pandemic. "I was torn between going back to Malaysia or staying in Singapore," said the 29-year-old, who has been a postman for three years and delivers mail to Balestier and Kallang. "My family convinced me to stay here to continue supporting them." Then, in June, his father was hospitalised and had intestinal surgery. Mr Faris added: "I felt like crying each ... » Learn More about Malaysian postmen in Singapore spend second Ramadan apart from loved ones
Seeing children play traditional games is uncommon these days as more often than not, the young ones are glued to electronic devices. Some have probably never even heard of games such as lompat getah, galah panjang or batu seremban. However, some parents believe such games are an important part of childhood and a way to encourage children to stay active. For instance, housewife N. Devika, 44, has decided that she is not going to allow her two daughters to play with just electronic gadgets, but also teach them the fun outdoor games she used to play as a child. “When I was a little girl growing up in Penang, I used to play hopscotch, batu tujuh and lompat getah. “Board games such as snakes and ladders, ludo and chess as well as congkak used to be my favourite, ” she said, as daughters Rhea and Dheana played on their house porch. Seven-year-old Rhea was balancing on one leg while trying to pick up a pebble on the ground, doing her best not to step out of a hopscotch box ... » Learn More about Keeping children active with traditional games
PETALING JAYA: The Tokyo Olympics may not be the final international outing for national diver Leong Mun Yee. The 36-year-old veteran is game for another SEA Games stint end of this year if Malaysia Swimming want to tap into her experience to combine with the younger divers. It will be a history-in-the-making achievement if Mun Yee makes it to the SEA Games in Hanoi as it will be her 12th appearance. No other Malaysian athlete has lasted that long when it comes to competing in the SEA Games and Mun Yee wants to show that she is still determined and committed to keeping up with the sport. “I wanted to call it a day at the Olympics earlier and I’ve informed Malaysia Swimming about it, ” said Mun Yee. “But then I was asked to consider whether I want to continue on a bit as the SEA Games is just four months after we come back from the Olympics. “If I am needed, I will continue until the SEA Games, ” said Mun Yee. Mun Yee is the most decorated Malaysian diver in the SEA Games ... » Learn More about It’s not the end after Tokyo – veteran diver Mun Yee’s game for Hanoi
THE RM15mil Kedah Digital Library (KDL), which will be equipped with various technologies and modern facilities besides a wide range of digital collections and databases, will be fully operational by September this year. Northern Corridor Implementation Authority (NCIA) human capital division head Datin Shahdee Datuk Ahmad said the library’s phase 1 project was already completed. It involved the upgrading of the Tunku Abdul Rahman Memorial that includes the main building, study area and meeting rooms. “Phase 2 involves the construction of a new building and it is expected to be ready in September this year. “It will have more attractions such as playrooms and other facilities for digital learning besides access to digital media and others, ” she said during a media familiarisation tour to the library in Jalan Menteri, Alor Setar, recently. Shahdee said KDL was modelled after Penang Digital Library. “The establishment of the KDL is aligned with the Federal Government’s ... » Learn More about Marvellous digital realm
LUND, Sweden: One of the most striking things about the COVID-19 pandemic is just how dramatically different the responses have been from country to country. In early 2020, when little was known about the virus, this difference was unsurprising. Today, with tens of thousands of research articles and cases of best practice to learn from, one would expect to see more convergence. And yet some countries continue to resist popular strategies, such as lockdowns, and insist on going their own way – with varying degrees of success. Two such countries are Sweden and Japan, which in 2020 have forged a different path to their neighbours on coronavirus and attributed their early successes to the assumed advantages of an inherent national character. But today, both seem to be paying the price. LANDS WITH NO LOCKDOWN One factor that features in both the Japanese and Swedish responses is that of national exceptionalism. By exceptionalism I mean the understanding among a population ... » Learn More about Commentary: Sweden and Japan are paying the price for thinking they had COVID-19 exceptionalism
Chonburi – Chonburi province will, as of Sunday, April 18th, officially become one of 18 provinces that is designated as a red zone in Thailand, which means the highest controlled zone for Covid-19 measures. You can read more about those measures here. The Pattaya City Mayor Sonthaya Khunplume addressed the status change and told The Pattaya News and associated Thai media this afternoon, “The number of confirmed Covid–19 cases in Chonburi is in the top five highest number of cases in the country.” “Five rules that provinces in the red zone must follow are restaurants must close at 9:00 P.M. and serving alcohol is not allowed, the closure of all entertainment venues like bars and nightclubs which are a main feature of Pattaya City, shopping malls can open but playing zones, arcades, etc. are not allowed and the mall must close by 9:00 P.M., the closure of educational places and schools, and finally places for exercising can be opened but must limit the number of people and ... » Learn More about Pattaya Mayor addresses Chonburi becoming a red zone, Pattaya Music Festival postponed