|Course Title||IT in Education Pedagogical Series: Elementary Course on Using WebQuest for Project-based Learning of General Studies in Primary Schools (Mar-May 2009)|
|Organising Division||Education Infrastructure Division|
|First Issue Date and Time||2009/02/05 00:00|
|Latest Issue Date and Time||2009/02/05 00:00|
Primary school teachers teaching General Studies and teacher librarians
|Background||A WebQuest is an inquiry-oriented activity in which some or all of the information that learners interact are drawn from, but not limited to, the Internet. Well-designed WebQuests can support higher order thinking and cooperative learning when students are assigned and properly guided to complete specific tasks. Commissioned by the Education Bureau, CAITE had organized various WebQuest training programmes between 2004 and 2008 aiming at providing teachers with knowledge and necessary skills in developing quality WebQuests. The courses were well-received by the participants. In order to train more teachers to understand how WebQuests could be applied in teaching, this course will train teacher participants to combine existing WebQuests with mobile device (e.g. netbooks) and thus understand how the WebQuest approach can be applied in project-based learning of General Studies inside and outside schools.|
The aim of the course is to enable teacher participants to adapt existing WebQuests for teaching General Studies through project-based learning in primary schools and promoting self-learning among students. After attending the course, teacher participants should be able to:
|Programme Description||Session 1: Overview of WebQuest and Usage of cQuestGarden, a Web-based WebQuest Design System (3 hours) 1. Introduction to the applications of the WebQuest model and its advantages; 2. Discussion of local and overseas examples of using WebQuests at primary level and the relevant design principles; 3. Introduction to web-based WebQuest resource banks available to schools; 4. Demonstration and hands-on practice of using cQuestGarden; and 5. Discussion on techniques for adopting and enhancing existing WebQuests to suit the learning differences of students. Session 2: Scaffolding Theory and WebQuest Assessments (3 hours) 1. Introduction to scaffolding theory underpinning the WebQuest model; 2. How to promote students’self-learning through WebQuest assessment; 3. Presentation of WebQuests adopted and enhanced by participants; 4. Application of WebQuest to project-based learning in General Studies; and 5. Demonstration and trial use of mobile devices in WebQuest-mode project-based learning activities. Notes to nominated teachers: Attendance Certificate and 9 CPD hours will only be awarded to participants with 100% attendance and submission of course work at the end of the course.|
|Language Medium||Cantonese supplemented with English terms|
|CPD Elements for Teacher||
|Content Area||Information Technology in Education (V)|
|Attendance required for successful completion||100 % Training & development data will be revealed in Teacher's Personal Profile in e-Services Portal upon successful completion.|
1. Heads of schools are requested to submit the online application to the Information Technology in Education Section on or before the closing date of nomination. Nominations will be processed on a first-come-first-served basis whereas considerations will also be given to allow more schools to participate. Prior application is required and walk-ins will not be entertained.
2. Please note that the said training course is funded by public money and events will be conducted as scheduled when the enrollment reaches 15 per event. To ensure proper use and no wastage of public money, teachers accepted should attend the course on time. If he/she is unable to attend the course before its commencement, head of the school should arrange another teacher to substitute in order to prevent wastage of public money. The substitute teacher should attend the course with the Substitution Note shown in Appendix I. Head of school is required to fill in a Notice of Absence shown in Appendix II for every absentee to provide the reason(s) for absence and failing to make substitution on time. Completed Substitution Notes and Notices of Absence should be faxed to the 'Centre for the Advancement of Information Technology in Education, The Chinese University of Hong Kong ' (2603 7352) for necessary action.
3. Accepted or rejected applicants and the respective school heads will be notified through the e-Service Portal Account at least 7 days before respective event commencement. Successful applicants attending the course should bring along their notification letters for the course and are advised to use public transport. No parking spaces are available at the venue.
4. In the event of adverse weather conditions (e.g. tropical cyclone or rainstorm), concerned training sessions (A.M. or P.M.) scheduled, as per class arrangements of the CUHK, will be cancelled pending further notice form the training institute on the make-up arrangement. Details of class arrangements during tropical cyclone/rainstorm are available at the following website: http://iclassroom.hkedcity.net/teacher/rtc0809-wq/weather.
5. Being late or early leave for more than 30 minutes without prior consent will not be counted as achieving 100% attendance.
6. Details of IT in Education Professional Development Programmes for teachers can be accessed at the IT in Education Section's website: http://www.edb.gov.hk/index.aspx?nodeid=5815&langno=1.
|Certificate to be Awarded||