China’s education technology successes highlighted during British trade mission
07/10/2016 14:04:51 | Ian Hunter
Chinese primary and secondary schools are moving into a new era of technology; one that is helping them to take learning in new directions. The adoption of education technology is helping students to develop new skills and learning approaches that are preparing them well for the learning requirements of universities overseas. This move is being led by the growing number of private bilingual schools throughout China, and international schools accessible to local Chinese children.
I was recently part of a trade mission with the Department for International Trade (DIT) visiting Beijing and Shanghai to promote successes within education technology already happening in schools in China. The Education Is Great trade mission brought together some of the Chinese schools leading change along, with the British technology suppliers they are working with, and this included WCBS.
One of the schools leading this change is HD Ningbo School, part of the Elite K12 Group, based in Zhejiang province. During the past twelve months, the school has introduced a WCBS information management system that enables student performance to be recorded, tracked and reported entirely by bilingual software. This is enabling the school to provide clear understanding of individual student progress, and transparency to everyone within the school community, including its parents.
The school’s Deputy Headmaster, Will Percy explains further: “The ability to have the system in both languages is really important for us. We need everybody within our school to access data and contribute to the documents that drive our ability to help students. That shouldn't be blocked by language, especially in a bilingual school like we are”.
Teachers at HD Ningbo can access and view the academic software in either Chinese or English, and parents can do the same through a parent portal. “This is helping us all to focus on what we can do to shape our school culture and to put each student on the right learning path,” says Will.
WCBS was recently also part of the Smart City Expo 2016 in Ningbo, which attracted over 300 information technology enterprises from around the world. A wide range of advanced technologies were demonstrated to delegates from the China Ministry of Education as well as leading educationalists. Many of these Smart solutions are now being used within education, including intelligent data management systems, 5G wireless network, and virtual reality.
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