We are living in a digital age - smartphones are a ubiquitous necessity that we rely upon more than pens and paper in our daily lives. As an educational institution, we at PLK Laws Foundation College have also incorporated technology in our teaching to foster student’s learning.
3-Year E-learning plan
In order to facilitate the use e-textbooks, e-learning resources and relevant pedagogies in our learning and teaching, we have successfully joined the Support Scheme for e-Learning in Schools organized by the Education Bureau (EDB). The scheme has earmarked funding for 100 Pilot schools (including primary and secondary schools) to upgrade their Wi-Fi infrastructure and to acquire mobile computing devices sufficient for use in schools.
create learning community
Teachers can make use of the Internet and social networking tools to provide instant feedback and create dialogues with students which can be recorded and shared. Group discussions or debates related to learning tasks in lessons can also be possible to enrich formative and peer assessment.
In addition to the library resources, more reading materials, both newspaper articles and good pieces written by our students can be delivered via apps or sharing platforms to promote reading to learn.
Teachers have uploaded some teaching videos or learning materials to students. They can summarize what they have learnt before lesson by writing e-notebooks so that teachers can keep track of their learning progress to promote self-directed learning and individual learning.
Mathematics (Kelvin Chu)
I use the iPad both in mathematics lessons and at home. Especially in form 4, there are several chapters about the concept "functions", where we have to draw a lot of graphs for further mathematics calculations.
In the past, we had to draw graphs by hand, which could be inaccurate and troublesome. Now with the aid of applications such as "Desmos" and "GeoGebra", graph-drawing is more convenient. This has made it much easier and less time-consuming to draw graphs and improves the accuracy of our graphs. During the lesson, my teacher also makes use of “AirPlay”, an application which the teacher can simultaneously connect his iPad to the projector and move around the classroom, instead of being hindered by the inflexibility of a desktop or a projector. The work can then be saved and shared with students. Apart from drawing graphs with the help of technology, we also use an application called "Schoology". It is a sharing platform where teachers upload videos for students to revise at home. In addition to the educational videos, quizzes are also provided for better acquisition and understanding of complicated maths concepts. For better consolidation of knowledge, the teacher also utilises the sharing platform "Google Drive". Notes, past papers and some challenging questions are uploaded. So, after I have revised by using Schoology, I also finish the challenging exercises and past papers to ensure that I am well-prepared for the coming quizzes and exams. Thanks to the implementation of the E-Learning programme, I am more inspired to conduct independent learning, which increases my motivation to learn.
Visual Arts (Chan Pui Yan, 4N)
The iPad is particularly useful when I do research. In the lesson, I create artworks with reference to other renowned artists’. In the past, it took me a long time to hunt for different reference books and to select the suitable materials. Now, I can make use of applications such as “Pinterest” and “Tumblr”, where a wealth of well-categorised photographs and artworks can be found so that the time for research can instead be better used for drafting my work and the cultivation of ideas.
Other than referring to people’s artworks, I also need to integrate some religious or historic backgrounds of a certain art period into my creations. In the past I would have to gruelingly flip over piles of reference books, but with the help of the database “WikiArt”, finding relevant sources has become more efficient.
Besides the use of iPad inside the classroom, the iPad is also a helpful tool out of the classroom. As a Visual Arts student, there are plenty of exhibitions to attend.
In order to perfect my drawings and artistic skills, I always take my iPad with me so that whenever I see artworks that are worth paying attention to, I can take photos of them and save them for further reference. The practical yet handy gadget has played a significant role in assisting me to create artworks of diversified styles in a more expressive manner.
English Language (Nisha Kaur)
First and foremost, during English class iPads help us to build up our vocabulary. For instance, when we encounter a new word, we can easily look up the meaning online or through a dictionary app. This will enable us to build up a wide range of vocabulary which will help us a lot during the writing exam.
Secondly, iPads can act as a warehouse to store the accumulated drafts and essays over the span of our time here.
This facilitates our revision as our notes and the teacher’s feedback are instantly available. Moreover, it is more efficient when we send our work through Google Docs and respond to the teacher’s online feedback. Thirdly, iPads come in handy when we do research to prepare for essays, School-based Assessment (SBA) and debates. Conducting in-depth research online is a transferable skill that can be applied in our further education. iPads are a great tool for debate preparation because we can use it as a digital script that can be modified during our practices. Admittedly, E-learning is a great platform for students to harness its potential, but we should not over rely on technology as the sole means of learning a language. E-Learning should not be a means to the end, but a tool to empower students’ learning.
Information & Communication Technology (Rai Adarsh)
E-learning with iPad can greatly facilitate learning in ICT with its variety of apps and functions. Since we are learning the programming module in ICT, the ‘Pascal’ app can be a great addition to our learning as it can allow us to work on our assignments and SBA without the need of a computer anytime and anywhere. Also, the ‘Evernote’ app is very useful for making notes as we would be able to make concise notes and access them very easily which would allow us to refer to them whenever we forgot certain syntax rules with ease.
Apart from the apps, we can also make use of several functions that iPad provides us with. One such function is ‘airplay’. With the ‘airplay’ function, our teacher can connect his iPad to the projector similar to that of a visualizer. What is more, the ‘airplay’ function can also allow the teacher to move around instead of being limited to sitting in one position with the visualizer which can greatly enhance interaction between the teacher and students. On top of that, the students can also share and demonstrate their work more easily which can then stimulate discussion in the class. All in all, due to its accessibility and interactivity, e-learning with iPad is greatly beneficial to the learning progress of students as a tool in surpassing the limits of traditional learning.
Discover. Give. Impact.
In 2014/2015, we have implemented e-learning in different subjects including Chinese, English, Mathematics, Liberal Studies, Biology, Chemistry, ICT, VA and Geography. Teachers have formed the learning groups through the use of social networking tools to facilitate collaborative learning.
With the use of staff development strategy in our school, we can create a culture of using and sharing of the learning and teaching strategies of e-learning among teachers.