The First Staff Development was, for the first time, held online via Zoom on 8 September 2020, with the whole teaching staff attending as a virtual leaning community.
The webinar began with Mr. Donald Chung, an EDB official from the IT in Education Center of Excellence (CoE) Scheme, briefly introducing their work and the IT support provided by the EDB for local teachers.
Our guest speaker was Mr. Man Ho Wai, Wallace, Vice Principal of Lok Sin Tong Yu Kan Hing Secondary School. He is a veteran educator in the field of IT in education.
His topic, entitled “How should teachers prepare for BYOD (Bring Your Own Device)”, is closely related to the new and ongoing shifts in pedagogy at the College. It is especially relevant for the new academic year, as we permit a wider use of laptops, tablets and mobile devices among the students while our teachers are making more use of IT-assisted teaching to promote students’ learning.
Speaking from his school’s experience, Mr. Man highlighted the point that challenges that arise from the implementation of the BYOD school policy can be turned into opportunities for better learning of students.
The past year, interrupted by class suspensions, has been a challenge to us, and we have overcome the challenge by equipping our teachers well, through a series of IT workshops to facilitate students’ remote learning at home.
At the start of the new school year, Mr. Man’s advice is, without a doubt, a timely reminder for the teachers as we face a new educational landscape with both online and face-to-face classes.