KBTN | Professional Development Network for Knowledge Building in Schools

KBTN workshop at CITE Research Symposium 2009

Knowledge Building Network - Teachers’ and students’ demonstration and sharing on using Knowledge Building and Knowledge Forum

What is the "Knowledge Building Teacher Network" (KBTN)? It is a Teacher Professional Development Network with experienced (seconded) teachers mentoring new teachers on quality learning, supported with knowledge building theory, pedagogy and technology.

KBTN, being part of the University-School Support Programme (USSP) funded by the Education Bureau, involves 28 local primary and secondary schools. The key learning areas (KLAs) include language, science, and humanities, and participating students has been having enthusiastic discussions on the Knowledge Forum® platform online.

This workshop is led by a group of seconded teachers and teacher associates in the KBTN. They will share with you on how to plan, implement and assess students for better learning using knowledge building in classroom teaching. They will also demonstrate the latest version of Knowledge Forum® and its functionalities in supporting teacher and student learning. The workshop will also include student participants who will introduce their collaborative activities and share their insights and views in learning through the knowledge building approach.

Workshop participants would also have the opportunity to have some hands-on experiences in using the platform and to explore and review students’ work in the Knowledge Forum® .

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CITE Research Symposium 2009

CITE Research Symposium 2009 (CITERS 2009) was held on 5-7 March 2009 at the Rayson Huang Theatre, the University of Hong Kong. The overarching theme of the symposium is "Learning Communities and Technology: The Next Ten Years". The goal of the symposium is to showcase recent research, good educational practices, and new technologies that support learning and learning communities, and to explore related research, development and policy issues and trends. Symposium activities are organized over a period of 3 days, comprising research workshops, keynotes, plenary presentations, parallel workshops, demonstrations and paper presentations. On the first two days of the symposium, there is a research workshop in the morning, and in the afternoon a keynote presentation followed by parallel sessions. The program on the first day focuses on advances in research and technology while the second day focuses on design issues related to learning communities and technology. The third day is the highlight of the symposium, bringing together issues of policies and practices related to technology in support of learning and learning communities, and examining their impacts on education. The morning plenary session is titled "University-school partnership and international networking for quality education", during which students, teachers, school leaders, researchers and policy makers will share their experience of how the establishment and support of local and international networks of learning communities enhances student and teacher learning through knowledge building. This is followed by parallel demonstration sessions such as different classroom uses of web2.0 applications that include wikis and blogs, eportfolios, mobile technology, etc. to support learning and teaching. Some of these demonstrations feature interactive presentations by students, teachers and researchers from technology innovation and implementation projects in various educational settings.

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Centre for Information Technology in Education, The Faculty of Education, The University of Hong Kong

funded by

Education Bureau

The Government of the Hong Kong Special Administration Region