Document Type: Conference Papers
Year published: 2004
Conference: Australian Computers in Education Conference: Research, Reform, Realise the Potential! (2004: Adelaide, South Australia)
Information technology (IT) is changing the global economy and has brought many changes in all aspects of life. IT is now being used extensively throughout the world for collecting information, constructing knowledge, distance and flexible learning, online communication and global collaboration for lifelong learning and work. To ensure that students are equipped with necessary skills in a digital and information age, the Hong Kong government has provided several documents to help schools plan for the integration of information technology into the school curriculum; with the aims to improve teaching and learning and to produce students who are confident, creative, independent and life-long learners. The paper begins by reviewing the benefits of integration of IT in education. It focuses on the use of IT in teaching and learning in Hong Kong after the introduction of the five-year strategy in 1998. In order to generate further discussion and development in the integration of IT in Home Economics, the usage of IT in the teaching of Home Economics will be explored and discussed. This will form the basis for a larger scale study to investigate how IT can be used in Home Economics to enhance teaching and learning.