In Brief

New tech solutions for schools

A system that will reduce administrative headaches for teachers, and a platform to connect youth to students from their prospective colleges, were among solutions showcased at EduTech Asia 2016.

The exhibition and conference at Suntec Convention Centre from Nov 9 to 10 featured 58 exhibitors and two days of talks.

Among the technology on show was Qkr! by MasterPass for schools, an app by payment company MasterCard. The mobile payment system allows parents to pay for things such as fees, enrichment classes and additional material at schools.

Teachers also can reduce their administrative duties as they can issue and collate consent forms for things such as learning journeys via the app.

MasterCard also unveiled a "Smart Store", a vending machine system where parents pay for items such as uniforms via the app, which the child then picks up at school by scanning his student card or keying in a code on a reader.

Hong Kong-headquartered Snapask showed off an app which connects students to a network of private tutors. The students tap on the tutors to answer questions about their homework anytime, anywhere.

Schools lauded for kindness

The Singapore Kindness Movement gave out 186 awards to schools islandwide in its Kindness Awards Ceremony 2016 last Friday.

Prizes were given out for the Friend of Singa, Write For Kindness and Kindness Badge programmes.

Among them were schools that had mooted initiatives to improve interpersonal relationships, such as Nan Hua High School's No Phone Recess, where students were urged to set aside their mobile phones in favour of playing games with one another instead.

Pupils at West Spring Primary School organised a tea to show appreciation to the non-teaching staff in their school, baking cookies and writing thank-you cards for them, while students from Bedok View Secondary's National Cadet Corps conducted an experiment to find out if passers-by would help a victim taunted by a bully.

Mr Chee Hong Tat, Minister of State for Communications and Information, was the guest of honour at the event held at *Scape.

A version of this article appeared in the print edition of The Straits Times on November 14, 2016, with the headline 'In Brief'. Subscribe