CITE Research Symposium 2008

Empowering Communities and Transforming Learning

5 June 2008 (Thu) - 2:00pm to 6:30pm

6 June 2008 (Fri) - 2:00pm to 6:00pm

7 June 2008 (Sat) - 9:00am to 4:30pm

The 3rd day of the symposium was rescheduled on
14 June 2008 (Sat) - 9:00am to 4:30pm

Rayson Huang Theatre, The University of Hong Kong

This year is the 10th anniversary of the establishment of the Centre for Information Technology in Education (CITE). This ten-year journey marks an important period in educational and technological developments in Hong Kong and around the world. In 1998, Hong Kong launched its first IT in education strategic plan, thereby acknowledging for the first time at the policy level the role of IT as an important enabling factor in enhancing the quality of education. At its establishment, CITE's vision was to "extend the frontiers of learning with IT". The past ten years of CITE research and practice have identified that the greatest educational potential for IT is realized when IT is applied to transform learning in both individual and organizational contexts.

We envisage CITE to be a 21st century Centre of Excellence and as a focal point for collaboration and innovation, providing a platform for individuals and institutions, dreamers and experts, to come together and build new knowledge about learning and transformative uses of technology, and to contribute to the improvement of educational practices. Hence, the vision of CITE as it celebrates its 10th birthday is "Empowering Communities and Transforming Learning".

The overarching theme of the symposium is "Empowering Communities and Transforming Learning". It aims to:

  1. Present important research findings from Hong Kong and beyond on the impacts of ICT use on learning and teaching and the factors that influence them;
  2. Showcase appropriate and innovative uses of technology in different settings ranging from early childhood to higher education, to address individual learning needs as well as for the development of 21st century skills;
  3. Provide a platform for the presentation and sharing of outcomes from research and development work conducted by practitioners and researchers to advance our knowledge and understanding of the many issues related to technology-supported learning and teaching;
  4. Provide for everyone who care about education and recognize the importance of technology in understanding and addressing the challenges to education in the community 21st century an opportunity to establish/strengthen their professional/community network through various forms of interaction offered by the symposium.

Symposium activities are organized over a period of 3 days, comprising four half-day sessions. Each half-day session consists of a variety of events including a keynote speech and/or an exciting plenary presentation and parallel events that include demonstrations, workshops, paper presentations and posters. The events will focus on how to use the latest technology in empowering communities and transforming students' learning. The Symposium will include demonstration sessions such as different classroom uses of web2.0 applications such as wikis and blogs, eportfolios, mobile technology, etc. to support learning and teaching. The Symposium will showcase good practices in the development of digital libraries, the establishment of good information management and eleadership practices to create a conducive learning environment for students and teachers to develop 21st century skills. Examples of technology use to support students' learning in Key Learning areas and to address diverse learner needs will be showcased. The Symposium will include interactive workshop sessions by teachers from the CITE Knowledge Building Teacher Network (KBTN) on how designing curriculum units that incorporate collaborative inquiry into the formal school curriculum. The Symposium will also include presentation sessions on research results that compare the use of IT in education in Hong Kong local schools with international schools in Hong Kong and schools in countries around the world.

Program Committee Members