Most of us are well aware of the myriad advantages of online education… but did any of us ever imagine that it could also be an effective way to combat the spread of a pandemic virus??? Well, this is exactly what is happening in Hong Kong!!!
After the first case of swine flu was confirmed in Hong Kong last week, the government announced the closure of all primary, kindergarten, nursery and special schools in the city. Several secondary schools have also been shut down.
In this scenario, many schools have implemented online education programmes to enable students to keep abreast with their school curriculum from home. Teachers are using online systems to distribute course material, assignments and homework to students. Once their task is completed, students can transfer back their work through the internet. Email and chat programmes are also available for students to clarify their queries, if any, with their teachers.
"It is surprising how technologically savvy children are getting from a young age," said Cameron Reed, a primary school teacher at the Australian International School, whose four-year old pupils were going online to solve puzzles. Reed added that "Students see the integration of IT as a logical progression in their school life."
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