STAFF DEVELOPMENT 2017 - 2018
The mission of our staff development is to enhance the professional competence of our staff and to provide a variety of programmes to support them to become proactive and life-long learners.

PDS Seminar 4 “Classroom Observation of VR Application in Teaching Geography”
PDS Seminar 4 on the “Classroom Observation of VR Application in Teaching Geography” was held on Monday, 22 January, 2018, from 2:00 - 5:00 p.m. at St. Paul’s Convent School. Fourteen participants attended the seminar, three teachers from PHC Wing Kwong College, five teachers from Queen’s College, one representative from the EDB and five staff members from SPCS.

Ms. Jennifer Au, the SPCS Geography teacher, demonstrated how to teach a geography lesson, based on the problem of water distribution in China, for 40 students using updated VR technology. The class was divided into 20 pairs, and each pair was provided with a cardboard viewer and a mobile phone. They learned how to view photos from around the world by searching “Visual Lab”, and then they found out how to focus more on the specific topic of China’s water supply by searching the app: “Street View”. They then went further by exploring in greater detail the impact of the problem by searching “YouTube”. Finally they rounded off their research by looking at the app: “Google Earth Expedition”.

The process of the approach was interactive, immersive and stimulating. Students were guided to explore the issues at the start, but were then given autonomy to explore more themselves, being encouraged to take ‘ownership’ of their work. Worksheets were specially designed to help students sum up their experience at the end.

After the lesson, the teachers were taught some general skills in how to operate the VR teaching tool, and they were also given the opportunity to share their views on the interactive VR approach that they had just witnessed. The planning and implementation requirements of the whole teaching process were also made clear to all the teachers.

In their feedback, most teachers indicated that they had enjoyed the lesson and had learned something new about the new teaching pedagogy based on VR technology. They appreciated that VR apps can really bring a new immersive experience into teaching and learning, though they admitted that they still needed more training and practice in how to use the technology. They witnessed how students could follow the instructions easily and reacted promptly to both teacher instructions and technology stimulus. At the end of the lesson the students were able to present their views in a coherent and proper way. The teachers all agreed also that the app “Google Classroom” was successful in facilitating brainstorming among students.

The overall conclusion was that the use of VR is a new mode of teaching and learning that can enhance both teaching and learning opportunities. As such it is therefore worthwhile for both teachers and students to have knowledge of the capabilities of VR.

PDS Seminar 3 VR Application in English Drama Teaching
PDS Seminar 3 on “VR Application in English Drama Teaching” was held on Tuesday, 12th December, 2017, from 4:00 - 5:30 p.m. at St. Paul’s Convent School. Forty-three participants attended the seminar, including eight teachers from Marymount Secondary School, five teachers from PHC Wing Kwong College, seven teachers from Queen’s College, three representatives fron EDB and twenty staff members from our school.

Ms. Christy Shapiro, the Drama teacher of our school, revealed the many possibilities of VR application in her teaching of English Drama. She guided the audience in using the gear and technology available in a classroom application by exploring RSC's VR 360 Theatrical Experience online. Every participant was provided with a headset and allowed to interface with the technology at his or her own pace. They were fascinated by the immersive feeling in the process of exploration. She then continued to introduce another learning tool “The Memory Trick using Loci” for generic study skill training. Finally, she demonstrated how to use Google in English lessons.

Most teachers showed remarkable interest and were thrilled about using the VR apps. Though to some, as it might be the first time they learned to use these tools, they will need more exposure and practice before they can use the new technology in the classroom.

香港直資學校議會杭州STEM科技教育交流團
2017年12月3日至12月7日,校長及兩位老師三人聯同其他直資學校校長老師們參加了杭州STEM科技教育交流團。在五天行程中,我們一行人秉持著促進兩岸學校教育文化交流發展的信念,到訪了幾所杭州的小學、中學和大學,參與了觀課並和校方領導交流互相切磋。此行令我們對杭州不同學校的教學推廣實況都有所了解,亦促進了相互的交流。各校的優點激勵了我們要充實自己,加強STEAM教育,在教學、課程、設備及教育理念上精益求精,提升教學及辦學質量。

PDS Seminar 2 VR Integration in the Classroom
PDS Seminar 2 on “VR Integration in the Classroom” was held on Tuesday, 31st October, 2017, from 4:00 - 5:30 p.m. at St. Paul’s Convent School. Nineteen participants attended the seminar, including twelve teachers from Marymount Secondary School, four teachers from PHC Wing Kwong College, and three staff members from our school.

Ms. Jennifer Au shared her experience in using VR to enhance teaching effectiveness in class. She found that the new technology was helpful in creating a new mode of learning for students, but although the VR experience was powerful it didn’t always last long. It would fade quickly, and teachers had to be aware that they had to plan their lessons imaginatively with accountability. She then highlighted the steps in making a practical VR lesson integration plan which should include a lecture, VR experience of less than 10 minutes, worksheets and summarization of the whole lesson. The choice of VR in relation to the topic taught was important to stimulate learning and the worksheets should be planned carefully to facilitate students’ interaction and reflection.

She went on to give a demonstration of how to use a 3600 camera. The teachers were divided into groups to explore ways to handle the camera. All teachers showed interest and were excited about the camera. They wanted to find out the possibilities for making videos in the various subjects they taught.

Everyone agreed that the seminar was very useful and practical as they learned how to use a new tool - the 360 camera- and also learned to set realistic expectations on the use of VR in lessons.

PDS Seminar 1 VR: A Tool for Improving Skills in Problem-solving and Communication in the Classroom
PDS Seminar 1 on “VR: A Tool for Improving Skills in Problem-solving and Communication in the Classroom” was held on Friday, 20th October, 2017, from 4:00 - 5:30 p.m. at St. Paul’s Convent School. Twenty-two participants attended the seminar, including eleven teachers from Marymount Secondary School, four teachers from PHC Wing Kwong College, and seven staff members from our school.

Mr. Peter Blythe gave a presentation on how to enhance students’ generic skills in communication, logical problem-solving and teamwork through the use of game-based learning which motivated student learning with fun. He then demonstrated VR application of a game in the classroom as an experiential learning. Students were divided into groups of 4-6and they worked together to diffuse a bomb by following the problem-solving procedures. The goal was to develop concise and precise communication. Results showed that after successive rounds of the game, students were able to develop new communication and teamwork strategies while they were finding out solutions. Through discussion and reflections, students would think about application in other contexts and this process would hopefully lead to the transfer of learning.

The process of the approach was interactive, immersive and stimulating. Students were guided to explore the issues at the start, but were then given autonomy to explore more themselves, being encouraged to take ‘ownership’ of their work. Worksheets were specially designed to help students sum up their experience at the end.

Some teachers found that the transfer of learning could not be easy for them to achieve in teaching different subjects. They hoped that further exploration could be done in specific subjects. Some teachers captured the idea and they would make attempts to use the game in teaching their students. Generally speaking, teachers considered that they were challenged when an interactive approach was offered. They were encouraged to try out in their school and shared the results later with the group.

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