- To strengthen students’ self-directed learning, problem-solving, collaboration and computational thinking competency, enhance their creativity and innovation, and even entrepreneurship through e-learning.
- To nurture students to become ethical users of IT for pursuing life-long learning and whole-person development.
- To facilitate teachers’ professional development on e-learning pedagogy.
Bring Your Own Device (BYOD) Scheme
We have been implementing e-learning and tried out various strategies to further exploit the advantages of using iPads in learning and teaching. Since the school year of 2020-2021, we have been implementing the BYOD policy for allowing students to bring their own iPads to schools for learning activities, so that learning has become more personalized and mobile. Currently, there are more than 85% of students who have join the BYOD Scheme.
Under the Fourth Strategy on Information Technology in Education, the Education Bureau (EDB) has been promoting e-learning through the use of mobile computer device. The COVID-19 epidemic has accelerated the development of e-learning. When face-to-face classes have not yet fully resumed, primary and secondary schools have deployed diversified teaching and learning strategies flexibly (including e-learning) based on schools’ context and students’ needs at different learning stages in supporting students to learn at home, achieving “suspending classes without suspending learning”.
Looking forward, blended mode of learning, i.e. face-to-face classes together with learning at home with electronic or other modes of learning, may become the “new normal” in teaching and learning. In this connection, the Steering Committee of the Quality Education Fund, in response to the recommendations of the Government, has set aside $2 billion to launch a three-year programme starting the 2021/22 school year. Schools could apply for funding to purchase mobile compute device for loan to needy students and to provide portable WiFi routers and mobile data cards to students who do not have access to appropriate Internet services due to the constraints in their living environment. This ensures all students have equal opportunities in accessing e-learning so that schools could effectively implement blended mode of teaching and learning under the new normal to facilitate learning and teaching.
We have purchased a e-note-taking application for every teachers and students to collaborate in producing digital notes and organize their learning materials within the application. Students could download the application onto their school-managed iPads through the mobile device management system.
In collaboration with the Academic Committee, subject teachers will review the digital notes. Outstanding digital notes will be awarded each year.