Overview

Nurturing future-ready students for the modern workplace

Singapore National Digital Explorer (NDE) is a nationwide digital literacy initiative designed to empower Singapore students to learn real-world skills that enable them to think critically and be more productive learners. 

Aligned to the latest Ministry of Education, Singapore’s EdTech Plan, this Student-Initiated Learning (SIL) initiative will focus on equipping students with key skills and knowledge on the effective use of office productivity tools, online collaboration and emerging technologies. 

The NDE 2024 programme is targeted at primary, secondary and JC students.

First launched in 2022, over 17,000 students from 64 Primary and Secondary schools in Singapore participated in this initiative. The strong support we received from Crescent Girls’ School and our NDE partner schools is a testament to the programme’s success and ICDL’s ongoing commitment to nurturing future-ready and digitally-skilled students. To find out more about last year’s project, visit https://icdlasia.org/nde2023/.

Schools can sign up for 3 tracks under NDE 2024: 

LEARN

Students will engage in one interactive ICDL eLearning module to build their digital skills and knowledge progressively.

Schools can choose one of the following modules:

Upper Primary

  1. Application Essentials
  2. Computer & Online Essentials

Secondary / JC

  1. Documents
  2. Spreadsheets
  3. Presentation
  4. Big Data
  5. Cloud Computing

CERTIFY

Students will take the ICDL certification test after completing the eLearning module. Upon passing, students will receive the internationally recognised ICDL Profile Certificates and eBadges.

Diagnostic tests will be assigned to each student to prepare for the certification test.

Scores from the certification test will be used to qualify students for the NDE 2024 National Round. ​

CERTIFY & COMPETE

This is a nationwide student competition which invites students to compete and demonstrate how digital skills can be applied in the new digital economy. 

Top students in the CERTIFY & COMPETE category will be invited to participate in the NDE 2024 National Round.

Competition Levels:

  1. Primary Level
  2. Secondary & JC Level

Learn

Under the LEARN track, schools can choose one of the following modules:

Upper Primary

  1. Application Essentials
  2. Computer & Online Essentials

Secondary / JC

  1. Documents
  2. Spreadsheets
  3. Presentation
  4. Big Data
  5. Cloud Computing

Benefits

Develop digitally-fluent students

Through this programme, students gain key knowledge and skills on online collaboration, office productivity tools such as Documents, Presentation and Spreadsheets, as well as emerging technologies such as Big Data and Cloud Computing.

Enrich eLearning experience with interactive content

After learning the concepts, students will be able to apply and practise their skills using the office applications on their devices. There are also ample interactive activities, knowledge check exercises and case studies to reinforce students’ understanding through application and testing.

Flexible implementation for schools

Schools may adopt this programme as a self-directed learning activity or complement it for classroom-based teaching. Schools may choose to implement this programme as a post-exam activity. The expected duration to complete this programme is 8 hours. 

NDE Certificate of Completion

At the end of the programme, all students will receive an ICDL certificate of completion. All participating schools should complete the LEARN track by November 2024. 

Primary

Application Essentials

Computer & Online Essentials

Secondary / JC

Documents

Spreadsheets

Presentation

Big Data

Cloud Computing

Certify

Under the CERTIFY track, students will take the ICDL certification test after completing the eLearning module. Diagnostic tests will be assigned to each student to prepare for the certification test.

Upon passing the module, students will receive the internationally recognised ICDL Profile Certificates and eBadges. Scores from the certification test will also be used to qualify students for the NDE 2024 National Round under the CERTIFY & COMPETE track.

Benefits

Internationally recognised digital skills certificate

Successfully completing an ICDL module is an achievement that is recognised internationally and valued by academic institutions and employers across the globe.

Digital credentials made for sharing

Your digital credentials can be easily viewed, verified, and shared on social media. Adding your digital credentials to your LinkedIn Profile is a great way to showcase your knowledge and professional achievements which helps to boost your personal brand value and stimulate professional networking opportunities.

Certify & Compete

Under the CERTIFY & COMPETE track, students will participate in a nationwide student competition organised by Crescent Girls School and ICDL Asia which invites primary, secondary and JC students in Singapore to compete and demonstrate how digital skills can be applied in the new digital economy. 

Students will compete based on the following three categories:

Categories1. Business Track (PRI)2. Business Track (SEC/JC)3. Emerging Technologies Track (SEC/JC)
Certification Round
Venue: In respective schools
Application Essentials1) Presentation
2) Spreadsheets
1) Big Data
2) Cloud Computing
National Round
Venue: Crescent Girls’ School
1) Spreadsheets
2) Presentation
1) Presentation (Advanced)
2) Management Spreadsheets
1) Artificial Intelligence
2) Internet of Things
DC 2024 Grand Finals
Venue: Virtual session by ICDL Asia

Top 2 Primary/Secondary/JC winners from each track will represent Singapore in DC 2024
Presentation ProjectDesign ProjectEmerging Technologies Project

Participating students will take ICDL certification tests and go through 2 rounds of competition from March to August 2024.

01 March – 31 May 2024

Certification Round

All contestants are required to complete an ICDL certification test based on their competing categories. Top students who emerge from this round will be notified via email to represent their schools in the National Round.

01 March – 31 May 2024
July 2024

National Round

Hosted by Crescent Girls’ School, contestants are required to complete the ICDL module test based on their respective categories in this round.

July 2024
July 2024

Prize Presentation Ceremony

The Primary, Secondary and JC school winners will be announced during the prize presentation ceremony at Crescent Girls’ School.

Top winners in the Primary, Secondary & JC levels will fast track to the Grand Final of the regional ICDL Asia Digital Challenge 2024. They will represent Singapore to compete against students from other countries in the Asia Pacific region. 

July 2024

Students who passed the ICDL certification tests will receive the corresponding ICDL Profile Certificates and eBadges.

Winners will receive an additional Gold / Silver / Bronze medals.

Registration

2024 Participating Schools as of Current Date

School list as per alphabetical order.

PRIMARY SCHOOLS

SECONDARY SCHOOLS

JUNIOR COLLEGES

  1. Bedok Green Primary
  2. Bendemeer Primary
  3. Bukit Panjang Primary
  4. Bukit Timah Primary
  5. Catholic High School (Primary)
  6. CHIJ (Katong)
  7. CHIJ (Our Lady of Good Counsel)
  8. Chongzheng Primary
  9. Elias Park Primary
  10. Fairfield Methodist Sch (Pri)
  11. Greendale Primary
  12. Jurong Primary
  13. Kranji Primary
  14. Kong Hua School
  15. Marymount Convent School
  16. Monfort Junior School
  17. Pei Chun Public School
  18. Pei Hwa Presbyterian Primary School
  19. Princess Elizabeth Primary
  20. Qifa Primary
  21. Rivervale Primary
  22. Rosyth School
  23. Seng Kang Primary
  24. St Anthony’s Primary
  25. St Stephen’s School
  26. Temasek Primary School
  27. Woodgrove Primary
  28. Xishan Primary School
  29. Yishun Primary School
  30. Zhangde Primary School
  1. Anglican High School
  2. Anglo-Chinese Sch (Barker Rd)
  3. Bendemeer Secondary
  4. Bukit Batok Secondary School
  5. Bukit Merah Secondary
  6. Canberra Secondary
  7. Chung Cheng High School (Main)
  8. Chung Cheng High School (Yishun)
  9. Compassvale Secondary
  10. Crescent Girls’ School
  11. Christ Church Secondary
  12. Fairfield Methodist Sch (Sec)
  13. Geylang Methodist School (Sec)
  14. Greenridge Secondary
  15. Hougang Secondary
  16. Kent Ridge Secondary
  17. New Town Secondary School
  18. Northbrooks Secondary
  19. Peirce Secondary
  20. Outram Secondary
  21. Queensway Secondary
  22. Seng Kang Secondary
  23. Serangoon Secondary
  24. St Joseph Institution
  25. St Patrick School
  26. Unity Secondary
  27. West Spring Secondary
  28. Whitley Secondary
  29. Yio Chu Kang Secondary
  30. Yishun Secondary
  31. Yuan Ching Secondary
  32. Zhenghua Secondary
  33. Zhong Hua Secondary
  1. Anderson Serangoon JC
  2. Millennia Institute
  3. St Andrew’s JC

Registration

Interested schools in Singapore may register now via NDE 2024 Registration Form. Registration closes on February 2024.

Resources

Access eLearning Content on Moodle

Student’s Guide

Teachers’ Guide

FAQs

1. How does this programme benefit my school?

Through participation in NDE 2024, students will be equipped with essential skills and knowledge to use office productivity tools effectively and develop an understanding of emerging technologies. The self-directed/self-initiated aspect of the programme empowers students to build on their knowledge progressively at their own pace. In addition to this, the programme develops future-ready learners and allows students to apply what they have learned and connect with students beyond their community when they participate in national and regional competitions.


2. What if students do not complete the entire programme?

Learn

The digital NDE Certificate of Completion will only be awarded to students who completed all the lessons in the programme.

Certify

Students will need to take the ICDL certification test after completing the e-Learning module. The ICDL Profile Certificate and eBadges will only be awarded to students who passed.

Certify & Compete

ICDL Asia will be coordinating with participating schools on the certification round to be held in respective schools. Selected students will be invited to participate in the National Round which will be held in Crescent Girls’ School in September 2023. Only the NDE finalists and winners of the competition will receive their prizes.


3. Can I take a look at the contents before I sign my students up?

Please refer to the information provided in Learn, Certify and Compete tab in this webpage. Please contact us at nde@icdlasia.org if you need more information.


4. Who will be monitoring the progress of students?

The teacher-in-charge of participating schools will be provided log-in access to the admin portal where he / she will be provided with an overview of their students’ progress for the e-Learning modules. Teachers-in-charge are encouraged to have milestone check-ins with students to ensure students are on-task and complete the modules within the timeframe provided.


5. How will I know if my students qualify for the digital certificates?

The online portal will be generating the digital certificates for students upon their completion of all the eLearning modules.


6. Do students need Windows-based devices to access the content?

Learn

Students will need an internet-enabled device (laptop, iPad, chrome book etc.) with internet browser to access the eLearning portal to complete the eLearning modules.

Certify & Compete

Students will need an internet-enabled device (laptop, iPad, Chrome Book etc.) with internet browser to access the e-Learning portal to complete the eLearning modules.

Students will need a Windows-based device for the certification round held in respective schools. It is recommended for schools to use ACAD devices for the certification round. Crescent Girls’ School will be preparing the Windows-based device for the National Round in July 2024.

NDE 2024 Registration

Interested schools in Singapore may register now via NDE 2024 Registration Form. Registration closes on February 2024.

Contact Us

Interested schools in Singapore may contact us at nde@icdlasia.org for more details!

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