CoolThink@JC InnoCommunity

Plan to start / upgrade computational thinking-coding education at your school?

Act now, without delay! Join CoolThink@JC InnoCommunity and gain exclusive access to resources on computational thinking and coding education.

By being one of the Community’s Member Schools, your school will have class-room materials co-created by The Education University of Hong Kong and Massachusetts Institute of Technology, online platform, teacher development, advice and support from existing 32 Network Schools. This is the largest teacher-run community on CT-Coding education, supported by over 100 frontline teachers from Pilot Schools. They will co-teach with you in your school, or serve as your TA or act as a coach.

Teacher Development
(Short Course)

Course Materials

Online Learning
Platform

Advice and
Support

CoolThink@JC strives to inspire students to apply digital creativity in their daily lives and prepare them to tacklae future challenges in any fields.

Induction Process

–Short training courses to learn teaching Computational Thinking and Coding Skills
–Peer Support from Senior Teachers
–Free Access to CoolThink@JC Learning Platform upon completion of training
–Access to all educational materials, which co-created by The Education University of Hong Kong and Massachusetts Institute of Technology (Level 1 materials will be gradually ready at the coming academic year)
–Participate in Members’ Exclusive Activities (e.g. Parents’ Workshop and Teachers’ Gathering)

Commitment of School Leaders

–School Leaders are willing to commit
–Actively participate in all activities
–Make hardware facilities ready for use and coordinate administrative support
–Actively contribute to the Community and assist in evaluation research

Selection Criteria

30 out-of-network schools will be selected and join the CoolThink@JC Community as members in 2018. Government schools, Aided schools, non-profit-making Direct Subsidy Scheme schools are eligible to apply.*
– Commitment of school leaders
– Availability and willingness of teacher(s) for teacher development
– Commitment to assist in evaluation research
– Readiness of hardware facilities
– A balanced representation of student populations in the overall student pool. Some priority will be given to schools with higher number of students receiving financial aid
– Some priority will be given to schools previously applied CoolThink@JC programme
*Other schools if interested in joining the CoolThink@JC InnoCommunity, please send email to coolthink@hkjc.org.hk

Deadline: 13 July 2018(Friday)

CoolThink@JC

Short Course and School Support Programme

The Short Course and School Support Programme is consisted of three levels.

The first level is CoolThink network school teachers will share their experience in the Computational Thinking – Coding Education workshops organized by the Education Bureau.

The second level mainly introduces Computational Thinking Education to schools that are interested to roll out related courses. Selected schools will gain access gradually to all the instructional materials. Level 1 instructional materials will be available in 2018/2019 academic year.

Up to the third level of the programme, a team of experts will provide intensive support to schools from curriculum implementation to teacher development and classroom teaching.

Level 1

01

主辦團體:  教育局

參與形式:  安排參加CoolThink計畫的老師,於教育局舉辦的計算思維 – 編程教育工作坊中分享推廣計算思維的教學經驗。

目的:  分享教授編程以發展學生計算思維的經驗

Level 2

2A

Basic

課程類別:  六小時課程 – 兩天下午

合作團體:  兩所資源學校及三位領袖教師

時期及次數:  每兩個月進行一次 ( 10,12,2,4,6月)

對象:  有意使用CoolThink@JC課程及教材的學校 (每所學校3位老師)

目的:  為有意在校內推行運算思維課程的學校老師作基礎培訓

目標:  老師能理解CoolThink@JC計畫的理念。
老師初步學會運用Scratch及App Inventor教授運算思維
老師能理解Level1的課程及教材設計
老師學會有效教授運算思維的教學法

課程內容:  介紹CoolThink@JC計畫的理念
介紹Level 1 課程每一單元的學習重點及相關教學活動
分享教授運算思維的經驗 (有效的教學法)
學習運用Scratch及App Inventor
小組討論學習難點

Level 2

2B

Advanced

課程類別:  三小時主題式課程 – 一天下午

合作團體:  香港MIT Master Trainers

時期及次數:  每兩個月進行一次 ( 1,3,5,7月)

對象:  有意使用CoolThink@JC課程及教材的學校 (每所學校2-3位老師)

目的:  為有意在校內推行運算思維課程的學校老師作進階培訓

目標:  老師能理解運算思維教育的相關理念。
老師學會運用App Inventor推動校本運算思維及編程教育。
老師能運用App Inventor的進階元件(component)。
老師學會有效教授運算思維的教學法。

Level 3

03

課程類別:  個別支援

合作團體:  兩所資源學校及三位領袖教師

時期及次數:  每所參與學校5次深層支援活動

對象:  有意使用CoolThink@JC課程及教材的學校 (每所學校3位老師)

目的:  為有意在校內推行運算思維課程的學校作出個別貼身 支援

目標:  運算思維課程能於學校開展
學校具備推動運算思維教學的領導
老師具備教授運算思維課程的能力

支援內容:  共同備課
示範教學
協作教學
觀課及評課
老師工作坊

Frequently Asked Questions

Q:         What is CoolThink@JC InnoCommunity?

A:

After two years of curriculum implantation and data analysis on learning effectiveness, the Coolthink Programme decided to provide CoolThink@JC electronic version of coding curricular materials for free, starting from September 2018.

30 out-of-network schools will be selected and join the CoolThink@JC Community as members this year. They will gain exclusive access to resources on computational thinking and coding education, including class-room materials, online platform, teacher development, advice and support from existing 32 Network Schools. CoolThink@JC Community aim at promoting coding education to primary school students and to nurture innovation and problem solving skills.

 

Q:         What is the commissioning procedure?

A:

1) Learning Support to adopt CoolThink instruction (Short Courses)

2)Free Peer Support from the MIT Master Trainers

3) Free access to CoolThink@JC Online Learning Platform after teacher training

4) Access to all instructional materials co-created by The Education University of Hong Kong and Massachusetts Institute of Technology after teacher training (Level 1 will be gradually available in 2018/2019 academic year) 

5) Access to exclusive support and activities (for example parent workshops and teacher meeting)

 

Q:         How to join the CoolThink@JC InnoCommunity?

A:

1) Government schools, Aided schools and non-profit-making Direct Subsidy Scheme schools are eligible.

2) A simple proposal is required to submit by each school on these criteria: School overview, commitment, hardware facilities (e.g. number and size of computer rooms, WiFi coverage, number of PC, number of mobile devices and models).

 

Q:         What are the selection criteria?

A:

1) Commitment of school leaders

2) Availability and willingness of teacher(s) for teacher development

3) Commitment to assist in evaluation research

4) Readiness of hardware facilities

5) A balanced representation of student populations in the overall student pool. Some priority will be given to schools higher number of students receiving financial aid

6) Schools previously applied CoolThink programme will have bonus points

 

 

Q:         What are included in the Level 1 Materials?

A:         CityU Press will be responsible for packaging CoolThink materials that have been using by 32 network schools to meet the expectations of teachers on design standard. Level 1 materials have 10 units of educational materials that support CT education of primary four students in Hong Kong. The materials will include both a teacher’s book and a student’s book for each unit, and will be ready in September 2018, but the first two units will be available for circulation during the 【Opening ceremony of International Conference on Computational Thinking Education 2018 cum Coding Fair】.

 

Q:         Who will be the instructors of these short courses?

A:        The first level is CoolThink network school teachers will share their experience in the Computational Thinking – Coding Education workshops organized by the Education Bureau. Level 2A courses will be taken care by the two CoolThink Resource Schools and three teacher leaders, with the support of Professor Siu-cheung Kong from EdUHK and Professor Hal Abelson from MIT, have been selected to drive the preparation and execution of the Short Courses for teachers. They are Mr Andy Li from PLKWCH, Mr Lee Lau from Baptist Rainbow, and Mr Tony Lam from Marymount Primary School. Mr Li and Mr Lau have had two years and one year of experiences, respectively, in providing teacher workshops on behalf of CoolThink@JC and consulting EdUHK and MIT on curriculum development. Mr Lam is a certified MIT Master Trainer and has been invited as a teaching assistant and mentor to this year’s MIT Master Trainer Course.

 

Q:         Timeline of the 2018/19 cycle?

A:

Date Event
1 June 2018 Send invitation letter to schools on the curriculum dissemination seminar on 15 June Coding Fair
14 June 2018 Press conference to announce material release and membership of CoolThink@JC InnoCommunity
13 July 2018 Application Deadline
Early September Send invitation letter to 30 shortlisted schools on seminar gathering
Early October Meet shortlisted school teachers / principals in one seminar gathering. Each school presents a short introduction
Mid October Confirmed membership to 30 out-of-network schools
Late October Induction and Registration of Level 2A Courses (Mandatory)
Jan – July 2019 Level 2B Courses (Optional)