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Introduction

Welcome to this online course designed for teachers who wish to learn how to conduct knowledge building (KB) activities in their teaching with the use of ICT (Information Communication Technology). This is also a place where teachers share their views and experiences of undertaking knowledge building work in their schools. Some exemplars of local teachers' KB work and their useful resource materials are made available here. You are welcome to make adaptations to these materials for your teaching. Visit this website often to obtain up-to-date teaching materials and witness the growth of the network community of which you are a valuable contributor.

In this course, there are six topics (as displayed in the navigation bar at the top of each page) which deal with the corresponding guiding questions below. This is a step-by-step guide to help you get started with knowledge building activities in school. You will gain a comprehensive understanding of the knowledge building theories and how they can be applied in your teaching. Feel free to explore any of the guiding questions which suit your needs.

The Six Questions Are:

What is knowledge building (KB) and how is it related to me?
What functions should IT tools provide to support knowledge building?
How do I design knowledge building curriculum?
How do I introduce knowledge building to my students?
What can I do to facilitate knowledge building?
How do I assess students' knowledge building learning outcomes?


Under each of these questions, you will find 5 features containing different types of information, resource materials and activities:

 
Basic Idea íV
  Introductory ideas to the six topics
         
 
Practical Issues íV
  Practical advice that addresses teachersíŽ concerns and pedagogical challenges in some of the topic areas such as facilitating KB
         
 
Teachers' and Students' sharing íV
  Video and audio clips which capture the rich stories and experiences from KB teachers and students
         
 
Resources íV
  Downloadable documents, templates, video and audio files; useful information and hyperlinks; research articles and reports
         
 
Discussion íV
  Challenging discussion questions or case studies to guide you into deeper understanding of the issues involved in each topic area

Enjoy your exploration!

Copyright

ALL materials displayed in this online course are copyrighted. Permissions are obtained from all the contributors for individual, non-profit educational use only. If you have any question regarding copyright issues on this site, please contact our Webmaster at knowledge.building@cite.hku.hk.

Disclaimer

The use of links to third party sites displayed on this site is on an "as is" basis. The developer of this online course is not responsible of any liability for the content and/or damages of any kind arising out of the use of any linked sites or any links contained in a linked site.

All information provided on this site is believed to be accurate at the time of last modification. The LCP project team makes no guarantee concerning the accuracy of this information and services on this site

Acknowledgements

Gratitude is due to all the teachers and students who have shared their rich experiences and ideas with us, and have allowed us to post their materials on this website. We also thank the Quality Education Fund for making this endeavour possible. A special note of thanks is given to Professors Marlene Scardamalia and Carl Bereiter of the Institute for Knowledge Innovation and Technology, the Ontario Institute for Studies in Education, for their invaluable support of our knowledge building work in Hong Kong.

Future Development

It is our wish that this website would serve the growth of the knowledge building community among local schools in Hong Kong. We sincerely invite you to share your thoughts, experiences and teaching materials via this network site. Please contact our research team at knowledge.building@cite.hku.hk should you wish to make any contributions.