Imagine a school with a virtual golf course, a replica stock trading room, a lecture stadium that crosses live to education experts around the world, and a tuckshop that's run by a celebrity chef.
The future of education has arrived and experts warn that Australia needs to sit up straight and pay attention.
The 'super school' is set in Singapore - a vibrant and squeaky clean country that's famous for its shopping and for having one of the busiest shipping ports on the planet.More stories from Today Tonight
It is also a hub for big business and a leader in education with the world's first 'super school' - in which some young Aussies are playing a very important role.
Janice Murray and Lacklan Wood are teachers at the Stamford American International School - a $300 million campus that's home to 1000 pupils, 100 of them Australians.
Long gone are chalk board and even white boards, instead the school is equipped with promethean boards. The boards are touchable, audible screens that 'talk' to iPads, tablets and laptops.
Cursive handwriting has all but made way for key strokes, and the only place you'll find chalk is on the menu board of the parents' own cafe.
Kindergarten lessons are taught in Mandarin and classes are bilingual. Each kindergarten and primary school student up to year five has an iPad. In years six and above students are also given a Mac Book Pro.
Singapore's education system is considered among the top five in the world, and while education expert and author Kevin Donnelly concedes there are lessons to be learned from our Asian neighbours, he believes there should still be a focus on putting pen to paper.
"There is a place for technology, but really it shouldn't be too early," Donnelly said.
"New technology is here to stay, but I think there are unintended consequences of which the children rely on them too much and they forget they have got a very good computer on their shoulders."Contact details
- Stamford American international School - www.sais.edu.sg
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