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The Hong Kong Institute of Education Jockey Club Primary School The Hong Kong Institute of Education Jockey Club Primary School Uses Microsoft Windows 8 Tablets to Promote e-learning, Putting Innovative Teaching into Practice

School Overview

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* The Hong Kong Institute of Education Jockey Club Primary School has long been committed to practicing proven innovative teaching models and providing students with quality education. We have been planning to implement e-learning for quite some time. The solutions Microsoft® provided meet our school’s needs and expectations in terms of performance and budget, enabling the school to launch e-learning without any hassle. *

Shirley Duthie
Principal
The Hong Kong Institute of Education Jockey Club Primary School

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Conceptualized by Professor Ruth Hayhoe, former Director of The Hong Kong Institute of Education, The Hong Kong Institute of Education Jockey Club Primary School was established to carry out innovative education practices and provide students with a quality education.

In the past few years, The Hong Kong Institute of Education Jockey Club Primary School has been actively adopting e-learning practices, installing projectors in all classrooms, adding Microsoft PowerPoint® to classes and deploying a virtual network environment with cloud technologies. In addition, the school has created a campus-wide Wi-Fi network environment that meets all of the teachers and students’ Internet access needs for the foreseeable future.

The e-schoolbag project has also raised a great deal of interest in recent years. “Nowadays, students grow up surrounded by technology products and the Internet. They are in constant connection with state-of-the-art technology, such as smartphones and tablets, and know how to acquire information online. They are proactive in acquiring knowledge while traditional teaching methods fail to meet the needs of students today. There is room for improvement in exploring students’ potential,” said Shirley Duthie, Principal, The Hong Kong Institute of Education Jockey Club Primary School.

The Hong Kong Institute of Education Jockey Club Primary School aims to achieve several goals via the e-schoolbag project: first, to increase interaction to cultivate students’ interest in learning; second, to let students acquire more knowledge by making good use of the Internet and building their own field of knowledge; and third, to enhance the effectiveness of each lesson by making full use of the time allocated. Following the latest teaching trend, assessing for learning, the school is very concerned about evaluating how its students’ learn through e-learning. Despite the important role technology plays, Principal Duthie also believes that handwriting training should not be neglected, so she has asked it to continue alongside the launch of the e-schoolbag project.

Solution

The Hong Kong Institute of Education Jockey Club Primary School is devoted to implementing innovative teaching practices that help to seamlessly integrate The Hong Kong Institute of Education’s study, demonstrating and sharing the process of teaching and learning, as well as motivating the education industry to move forward and provide a better teaching and learning environment.

Each student who joins the e-schoolbag project is equipped with a tablet installed with the Windows
Each student who joins the
e-schoolbag project is equipped
with a tablet installed with the
Windows 8 operating system and
Microsoft Office 2013. The tablet
also supports different kinds of
input, including touch, a stylus
for handwriting, and keyboard. 
In implementing the e-schoolbag project, The Hong Kong Institute of Education Jockey Club Primary School has given each participating student a tablet with the Windows 8 operating system and Microsoft Office 2013. The system not only supports applications on mobile devices like mobile phones and tablets, but traditional PC software as well, like Microsoft Office, and even supports a variety of inputs like touch, a stylus for handwriting, and keyboard. Each student who joins the e-schoolbag project is equipped with a tablet, instead of printed textbooks. Each student’s tablet is installed with published teaching materials, including textbooks, classwork and homework, which allows the students to finish in-class exercises, online group discussions and homework. At the same time, teachers using computers with the same operating system can interact with students during classes by sending in-class exercises to students’ tablets, observing students answering questions from their own tablets and learning exactly which questions are answered correctly and which are not, helping with student assessment.

“Our school maintains a neutral attitude towards the different electronic products we use, as our mission is to help our students with their long-term development. Therefore, when we were planning the e-schoolbag project, we wanted to understand the various products and solutions available. Windows 8 supports both mobile and traditional PC applications, matching our needs for interactive learning and teaching. Students can use applications to search for information, save e-books and then consolidate the information using traditional PC applications. This helps students to build a personalized knowledge base while enhancing knowledge absorption. In addition, by combining handwritten input and Microsoft Office 2013, we can take advantage of e-learning while still having students practice their penmanship. This is why we opted for Microsoft Windows 8 and Microsoft Office 2013 to create our e-schoolbag solution,” said Chu Tsz Wing, Teacher, The Hong Kong Institute of Education Jockey Club Primary School.

Support provided by the Microsoft Education Team was another key factor in the school’s selection. The annual seminars, training courses and related practice programs that the Microsoft Education Team offered helped the school greatly in learning about the application of technology in the field of education, as well as planning for e-learning.

Students are very excited about the new e-learning model
Students are very excited about the
new e-learning model, becoming
accustomed to it in less than a m
The school arranged a demonstration lesson to support the launch of the e-schoolbag project. This allowed students and parents to experience innovative e-learning firsthand. “The purpose of this demonstration was to let parents decide whether they would like their child to use this innovative mode of learning and for students to express their level of interest in the project,” said Principal Duthie.

Parents and students expressed divided opinions after attending a demonstration. While most students were excited by the lesson and a majority of the parents agreed with the scheme, some parents who had studied under the traditional teaching model were worried that it would be difficult for their children to become accustomed to this new teaching model. However, it is actually easier for students to get accustomed to IT than their parents, as they have grown up in a technology era. Thanks to Microsoft’s technology and the students’ tech-savvy lifestyles, the e-schoolbag has finally turned from concept into reality.

The e-schoolbag project has progressed smoothly, and all teachers and students have adapted to the new teaching model in less than a month following the trial. Positive comments have been received from students, parents and teachers alike.

Benefits
Combined teaching materials and tools to replace printed textbooks

Windows 8, Microsoft’s latest operating system, Microsoft Office 2013 and the tablet constitute the e-schoolbag’s operating platform, which comes installed with published teaching materials, including textbooks, classwork and homework, meeting the requirements of teachers, students and publishers. Computers running Windows support most digital content and most electronic materials from textbook publishers are only available on Windows operating systems. Thus, they are more convenient than non-Windows tablets where additional applications must be purchased or new applications must be built by publishers. Students can use their tablets to search for online information, check the online dictionary, and use software such as Microsoft Office 2013 to complete their homework. Teachers and students can also use a myriad of applications in the Windows Store to enrich the teaching and learning process.

“After joining the e-schoolbag project, the tablet has replaced the heavy schoolbag. As the tablets are running the latest Windows 8 operating system, they are simple to use, and students can familiarize themselves with them in less than a month,” explained Chu.

Enhanced interaction cultivates interest in learning

The e-schoolbag project enhances lesson interactivity in two ways: during interactions between teachers and students, and between students during peer discussions.

Students use tablets with Microsoft solutions for in-class group exercises.
Students use tablets with Microsoft
solutions for in-class group exercises.
Classes are divided into small groups in English lessons with teaching materials projected on the large screen and on each student’s tablets simultaneously. Teachers can observe students answering questions during in-class exercises from their own tablets. More interactive in-class exercises can be created utilizing co-operative learning. Students can finish their individual part on their own tablets and see their group’s work as well, making it easier to assist one another. Teachers also now have a full picture of each student’s and group’s progress on their own devices.

Traditionally, students would sit still and listen to their teachers. During discussions, only a select few would participate. However, launching the e-schoolbag project, teachers can provide instructions and allow students to find answers and discuss with classmates independently, using network tools to assist them. The interaction between teachers and students as well as peer interaction has increased greatly, and student involvement, interest and activeness have increased significantly.

Chung Lung Cheung and Chan Chun Yi from class 4C said that using tablets allows for more discussion
Chung Lung Cheung and Chan Chun Yi
from class 4C said that using tablets
allows for more discussion in class.
Learning becomes more engaging as
they can raise questions through their
own devices and teachers can respond
immediately.
Furthermore, teachers can send teaching materials to students before class so that students can prepare in advance, allowing for more teaching time in class.

Stylus support for handwriting inputmeets basic educationrequirements

Because Microsoft Windows 8 tablets support traditional handwriting, students’ work will look exactly as if they were writing on paper.

Chu said that this was a key factor in the school decision to opt for Microsoft Windows 8 and Office 2013 as its e-schoolbag solution. “We insist that students learn proper penmanship. Under this solution, teachers can see which Chinese characters the students write in Microsoft Word using the stylus. If a student writes a character incorrectly, it will show up on the teacher’s computer. When smartphone functions like automatic recognition and stroke correction are used, teachers cannot determine whether the strokes are wrong and students will not pay attention to their handwriting,” explained Chu.

“Only handwriting is accepted in today’s public exams in Hong Kong. We insist on handwriting training for students as part of the e-schoolbag project to help them keep up with the traditional examination model,” added Principal Duthie.

Dual user experiencesprovidedona singledevice

“Even though the school has adopted e-learning, Chinese handwriting training remains a key focus for
Chu Tsz Wing
Teacher
The Hong Kong Institute
of Education
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* Even though the school has
adopted e-learning, Chinese
handwriting training remains
a key focus for student
development, and cannot be
replaced by other input methods
at this stage.
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Chu Tsz Wing
Teacher
The Hong Kong Institute of Education

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The operating models of traditional and mobile devices have proven to be the biggest highlight of Microsoft Windows 8. It supports traditional Windows software as well as tablet or smartphone applications, giving this innovative technology an important role in the e-schoolbag project. This allows students to easily search for and acquire information online through mobile applications, while utilizing tools like Microsoft Office 2013 to sort out, apply, share and discuss information with classmates via PowerPoint. Students can learn to use both types of operating systems, while saving on cost by avoiding the need for multiple devices.

Chu, who deeply appreciates this feature of Windows 8, said, “Information consumption, production, sharing and discussion is how we build our knowledge base. Through this, students can absorb more information and knowledge, building up their own knowledge base, unlike the traditional teaching model, under which students’ potential cannot be effectively explored as they receive knowledge from their teachers without any interaction.”

Wong Cheuk Yiu and Leung Wing Tung from class 4C like the new learning model
Wong Cheuk Yiu and Leung Wing Tung
from class 4C like the new learning model
as it allows them to easily search for
information and images during or after
class, making study simpler and more
interesting.
Enhanced performance assessmenthelpskeep track ofstudents’learningprogress

The school invests a great deal of time and effort into student assessment. It hopes to assist teachers in evaluating their students more effectively through e-learning. The e-schoolbag project helps to accomplish this goal. In the past, mathematic teachers would check answers from just a few students, but with the e-schoolbag project, teachers are able to see the answer and problem-solving process of each student on their own tablets.

Tailor-made solutions provided with greater cost effectiveness

The e-schoolbag project launched by The Hong Kong Institute of Education Jockey Club Primary School depends greatly upon the Microsoft EES (Enrolment for Education Solutions) program’s Student Option. This easy, cost-effective and affordable option provides students with a simplified way to acquire and install Microsoft software licenses on their tablets.

Shirley Duthie Principal The Hong Kong Institute of Education
Shirley Duthie
Principal
The Hong Kong Institute
of Education
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* The effectiveness of e-learning has been significant since its implementation. The school will continue to develop and benefit both teachers and students. *

Shirley Duthie
Principal
The Hong Kong Institute of Education

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The effectiveness of e-learning has been overwhelming since its trial implementation. “Students’ classroom engagement and learning have benefited significantly, thanks to the e-schoolbag project. I foresee this innovative model of e-learning becoming the next major trend in education. We will continue to promote the e-schoolbag project in the next semester and then carry out a comprehensive evaluation of the project early next year,” said Principal Duthie.

Microsoft Windows 8

Whether you’re working or playing, at home, in the office, or on the go, Windows is designed for you. The reimagined Start screen brings together your sites, people, and apps that you care about. You can get all kinds of different apps for free or to buy in the Store. With Windows 8 and Windows RT, you can get the protection, speed, and reliability you’re used to from Windows. For more information, please visit:www.windows8.com.

Microsoft Office 2013

Office 2013 features an intuitive design that works beautifully with touch, stylus, mouse or keyboard across new Windows devices, including tablets. The new Office is social and unlocks modern scenarios in reading, note-taking, meetings and communications and will be delivered to subscribers through a cloud service that is always up to date. For more information, please visitwww.microsoft.com/office/preview/en.

Solution Overview




Organization Profile
Established in September 2002, The Hong Kong Institute of Education Jockey Club Primary School is an affiliated school of The Hong Kong Institute of Education that aims to establish itself as a vibrant and innovative institution.

Software and Services
  • Windows 8
  • Microsoft Office 2013 suites

Vertical Industries
Primary & Secondary Edu/ K-12

Country/Region
Hong Kong SAR

Languages
English

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