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My name is Chiu Tuen Ming Dicky and I am a secondary teacher in a catholic boy’s school. I teach F3-5 mathematics and A. Maths.. Actually, I love my teaching very much and I think that teaching is meaningful. I not only teach students knowledge but also influence their growth positively. Meanwhile, I can develop the friendship with students and this kind of satisfaction can’t be got in many other professions.

Wednesday, July 20, 2005

10 most important learnings

1) With the help of the ICT, there is paradigm shift both for the teachers and the students. For teachers, we are no longer a knowledge transmitter. In the past, we only focus on teaching the knowledge in a systematic and clear way. But now, we are the learning facilitators. We, instead, should think how to make students learn on their own with the aid of the ICT in order to develop the life-learning skill. We should think how to motivate, guide and help the students to learn and to solve the problems.
In this age of the knowledge, everything can change rapidly and every change can be challenging. Students should “learn” how to learn on their own. This is more important and can meet the need of the modern society more.

2) With the introduction of the ICT, the setting of the classroom can change to meet the demand of students and teachers. Sometimes, we need the students to form a group to discuss, to collaborate and learn together. In Hong Kong, land is limited and therefore, the classrooms are very small in general. Now, I should think about the setting and seating plan of the students within this limitation of the classrooms’ size to meet the demand of the new pedagogical as we adopt the ICT more and more.

3) With the help of the ICT, I am thinking about the possibility of the students having the lessons home in Hong Kong. It is more flexible and students can save a lot of time. Actually, almost every student in Hong Kong gets access to the internet home. Technically, the problems are not very great. Besides, during the SARS period, the normal schooling is virtually impossible and such kind of “flexible lessons” help.

4) In the past, the education system focused on the knowledge learning. But now, with the help of the ICT, students can learn in an interactive and collaborative way.

5) ICT doesn’t assist or facilitate the teaching. It is getting more and more momentum to reform the whole education system and curriculum. Teachers not only know how to integrate the ICT into their teaching, but also prepare themselves to change the whole syllabus or curriculum to meet the need of the society. For example, a well-design internet activity or course is time efficient, breeds curiosity in students and allows collaboration between students. Besides, it can provide the immediate feedback or marking and serves a lot of purposes.

6) We should provide a flexible learning environment for students : well-trained teachers, ICT equipments, ICT knowledge and well-design curriculum and assignments. We can develop students the self-management skill, collaboration skill, communication skill and motivation to learn, in order to foster the life-long learning in students.

7) We can design the assignments, with the help of the ICT, employing any of these 4 elements : (1) communication (2) research (3) graphic organizers (4) presentation. As the society develops rapidly, I will think more on developing a life-long learning instead learning with a lot drilling and memorization. Moreover, teachers now should consider more on quitting assigning tasks that develop a “cut & paste” and “spoon-feed” learning style.

8) E-learning means electronic learning. Both teaching and learning can take place with the help of electronic devices, for example, Internet-learning and the on-line course. They are more and more important and they are the trend in the education system. In the future, they will play an important role in education.

9) The six dimensions to understand innovativeness. The six dimensions are goals, teacher role, student role, ICT used, manifestation of learning outcome and connectedness. It can give direction, status and guidelines for policy-making in education organizations.

10) Knowledge is constructed continuously and Rubrics can serve as a formative assessment. Rubrics can provide clear, consistent and objective criteria in marking. Besides, it can serve as self-evaluation or peer-evaluation.

weblog rubrics

Content

(Level 1) Inadequate
(Level 2) Sufficient but not supportive to the topic
(Level 3)Sufficient and supportive to the topic
(Level 4)Sufficient, credible Information is accurate, complete, and support to the topic

Format

(Level 1)Layout is poor and difficult to read
(Level 2)Layout is fairly organized
(Level 3)Layout is clear
(Level 4)Layout is clear, organized and easy to navigate

Navigation

(Level 1) One Page
(Level 2) One Page with TITLE, Heading
(Level 3) 2 pages (or one page with links to other resources)
(Level 4) Title Page with other pages branching off, and at least four pages total; Navigation path is clear and logical, all links work

Interactive

(Level 1) Presentations are one way and learners cannot input
(Level 2) Presentations and activities are fairly interactive
(Level 3) Presentations and activities are very interactive
(Level 4) Provide interactive activities which arouse audience's interest

Development Process

(Level 1) Fragmented information is submitted to ILN
(Level 2) Show discussion process in weblog
(Level 3) Evidence of revision of page of webpage; substantially achieves proposal
(Level 4) Critical reflection of development process and reasonable division of workload

reflection on seesion 5

REFLECT on what is the impact of ICT and Curriculum Reform on teachers in Hong Kong?
1. Teachers are under pressure to equip themselves with new IT skills.
2. Teachers need to use IT in their teaching work.
3. Teachers have heavier workload in trimming and adapting the curriculum for ICT integration.
4. Teachers reposition themselves as facilitator.
5. Students can easily get access to the knowledge and information with the help of the ICT.
6. Students can learn at their own pace and they can construct their knowledge with the help of the ICT. Therefore, constructivism learning is more suitable than the instructivism learning and students can get more satisfaction and be more creative through the new learning approach.
7. Learning should not base on the textbooks. Students should communicate with the world and collaborate with other classmates more. It helps develop the creativity and the communication skill.

RETHINK Does the teacher’s role need to change in Hong Kong? Put forth some strategies to overcome obstacles for learning.
1. Teachers have to be open-minded to accept new challenges from ICT and curriculum reform integration. Seminar related to the content of the reform has to be provided to teachers so they will be less concern.
2. EMB should provide adequate financial support to purchase new equipments and teaching aids.
3. Teacher's role changes from knowledge transmitter to facilitator, technologist, knowledge navigator, co-learner, mentor, collaborator, etc.
4. Keep on professional development
5. To be more initiative and innovative
6. Most teachers’ role does not change.
² Good teaching practice with IT must be shown to them.
² Collaborations between teachers should be encouraged.
² Sharing among teachers should be encouraged.
² Teachers together with the principal should decide the curriculum reform together so that they are more willing to implement the planning.




REFORM Imagine what it will be like in 2015. What will have changed? How might you have helped with this change?
1. In 2015, the classroom setting is changed. Primary school students sit in front of computers and learn interactively like we do in Rm 103 now.
2. Students are self-disciplined and acquire knowledge actively.
3. Students raise inspirational questions which teachers and classmates learn together.
4. Students will use most of their time studying at home.
5. Computer and Computer network will replace the role of classrooms and schools.
6. Students need not bring any books and their schoolbags.
7. Examinations would be taken place in computers instead of pencil and paper.

reflection on session 3

What have I known?

I knew how the ICT reform the teaching in the previous session and the paradigm shift has taken place.

What have I learnt?

We can provide a flexible learning environment : well-trained teachers, ICT equipments, ICT knowledge and well-design curriculum and assignments. We can develop students the self-management skill, collaboration skill, communication skill and motivation to learn, in order to foster the life-long learning in students.

Besides, this session is very inspiring in how ICT reforms the curriculum and assignments. In the past, teachers in Hong Kong always focus on the drilling and memorization. Actually, we can design the assignments, with the help of the ICT, employing any of these 4 elements : (1) communication (2) research (3) graphic organizers (4) presentation. As the society develops rapidly, I will think more on developing a life-long learning instead learning with a lot drilling and memorization. Moreover, teachers now should consider more on quitting assigning tasks that develop a “cut & paste” and “spoon-feed” learning style.

Moreover, I have learnt the three levels of the Achievement Target and Assessment method Most Commonly Used. I also think about my students whether they can show the enduring understanding (level 3) in group projects and presentations.

What do I want to know?


In Hong Kong, due to the limited resources and tight curriculum, how do the e-learning and internet-learning reform the curriculum. I think it is a rather challenging question to every teacher. Besides, I think the paradigm shift will take place sooner or later.

Tuesday, July 19, 2005

reflection on session 2

What have I known?

I have learnt the constructivism learning and Bloom’s taxonomy. ICT helps in the constructivism learning which can develop the collaboration between students, critical thinking and the sense of learning.

What have I learnt?

A well-design internet activity or course is time efficient, breeds curiosity in students and allows collaboration between students. Besides, it can provide the immediate feedback or marking and serves a lot of purposes. Actually, the ICT is getting the momentum to reform the education system and curriculum.

E-learning can enrich the constructivism learning to develop the students’ growth. Around the world, there are a lot of e-learning objects or websites for students. E-learning becomes more and more common sophisticated and useful. Through the demonstrated examples, I can learn how they drive students to discuss and collaborate with others, think and therefore, they can get the sense of learning instead of getting spoon fed with knowledge.

What do I want to know?

How the ICT drives the model and assessment drives the learning more??

reflection on session 1

What have I known?

In Hong Kong, the education system is still focus on the knowledge rotting and though there have had some ICT promotion, the impact and effect is not tremendous. Meanwhile, in the west, the implementation of the ICT is very wide-spread and it helps in the cognitive learning if the students.

What have I learnt?

One of important aim of the application of the ICT in education is to develop the cognitive skill of the students. Much of the research focuses on the role of ICT in the successful development of cognitive skills. Other research indicates how, in ICT rich environments, young people develop new forms of learning, including the types of self managed and cooperative learning necessary for successfully contributing to the information economy and for lifelong learning.
I think in Hong Kong education system, we completely neglect the area of the development of the cognitive skill, which is very important for the growth of the students. I kept thinking how teachers can enhance the development of the students in the area in Hong Kong. Actually, it is really a big challenge as the syllabus in Hong Kong is very tight and rather difficult. Besides, how can I integrate the ICT in my mathematics teaching in a secondary school? Is the ICT support sufficient in Hong Kong? I know that to integrate the ICT in the traditional teaching is very challenging!

What do I want to know?

How can we promote the implementation of the ICT in Hong Kong, it is really a big question?

Thursday, July 14, 2005

The paradigm shift

What is the impact of ICT on student’s learning in Hong Kong?
In the past, students acquire knowledge from teachers and solve defined problems. Teachers give instructional tasks and monitor the progress of their students. Besides, no ICT is used in isolated classroom teaching and student learning. Students used to follow instructions and listen to teachers. Students are assessed with written exams and closed ended questions. The learning is confined to inside classroom. Time is limited to the duration of a lesson.

As ICT introduces in curriculum, students acquire the skill for lifelong learning. These skills include self-management skill, presentation skill, ICT skills, and critical thinking and communication skills. Students need to decide what to learn and how to learn by gathering and processing information. The learning source is multidisciplines which include: Internet, CDROM, Knowledge forum, simulation tools and etc. More learning tools are available for students to build their knowledge such as mindtool and datalogging tools. Advanced technology enables students to learn outside the boundary of classroom. With wireless network, students can have lessons in real life setting. The learning outcome is measured by project based assessment and school based assessment. The evaluation consists of peer evaluation as well as teacher’s comment.

Does the student’s role need to change in Hong Kong?
Yes. Students have to be more self-motivated and self-discipline.

If so what can you do to help with the might you help this paradigm shift?
Teachers should support and encourage team building & collaborative process such as project-based group assignments. Also, teachers should mediate communications between students & experts so as to let students to build their own knowledge. More simulation/modeling software should be introduced to students and employed in teaching . Purpose designed software as mindtool for specific purposes should be adopted. In some science experiments, datalogging tools can be used to illustrate and interpret the results in more interactive ways.

Sunday, July 10, 2005

Flexible learning in Hong Kong

What are the possible components of flexible learning?- Good computer network.- Lots of resources available.- Experience teachers- Good evaluation tools- Web, learning platform, computers and electronic copies of teaching resources.How do you teach using a flexible learning environment?- Empower student’s ICT skills which they learn online.- Arouse learner’s interest in using the environment by designing interactive and attractive learning software.- Design a lesson which allow learners to have participation in class
- project base learning
- group work/project
- online evalutation

How does the learner learn? - Learners use Internet as a tool to learn and scaffold their knowledge
- self-learning.
- browse information
What skills does the learner need to learn successfully in a flexible environment?
- They will learn how to gether, analyze and present information- Web browsing- Searching information online- Participate in discussion forum- Critical thinking on what to choose to learn

What have you learnt from evaluating these web sites? (Session 2)

Name: Poon Choi Yuen, Vincent Lau Ching Kong, Raymond Lam wai man, Dickens Chiu Tuen Ming

• Defining a focus (audience)
Principals

• Setting the scope of your Weblog
i. Why there is a curriculum reform and what is it about?
ii. How E-learning can bring about curriculum reform?
iii. What are the current situations? Are there any studies evaluate its effectiveness?
iv. How can E-learning be implemented through school leadership?

• Emphasizing learning (Identify what needs to be learnt and understood)
i. Different kinds of e-learning methods and tools
ii. The change of the curriculum
iii. How ICT can help student’s learning?
iv. Current classroom teaching practices.
v. What equipment and infrastructure have to be purchased?
vi. How school policy should be adopted to implement ICT in curriculum reform?

• Setting realistic goals or questions for inquiry(Designing learning activities to reach goals)
– Quiz, discussion forum, video clips and links to related articles.

• Making an action plan
– Search for relevant readings and topics.

• Identifying support systems
– School web server
– Video editing tools

• Anticipating challenges
– Limited time
– The subject areas of the website

Feedback to group 7's weblog

Content

The content is very rich, resourceful and informative. It contains a variety of material : vedio, interview, personal opinion and road map.

Format & Layout

the format is easy to follow, systematic, clear and consistent.

Educational value

It provices an in-depth analysis for educators who wants to know the relationship between ICT and curriculum reform. Interviews with other school reflects the real situation. In conclusion, it is inspiring and worth referencing.

Group Development Process

Actually, we can see that every member has worked very hard and is dedicated to the work to make it informative, systematic and up-dated.