We are happy to announce that we have been approved by the Education Bureau of Hong Kong (EDB ) to launch a Quality Education Fund (QEF) Project entitled “Developing Active Learning Pedagogies and Mobile Applications in Secondary School Mathematics Education“.
Extensive evidenced based research has shown that active learning is highly beneficial for students by improving student academic performance, and by promoting an engaging and creative environment stimulating higher-order thinking and metacognition. Combined with technology, accessible even by standard tablets and laptops, a learning environment is created that is suitable both in online and face-to-face formats that unlock the full potential of students.
Drawing on the experience gained after successful implementation of the PALMS Project in a tertiary setting, this QEF Project aims to apply and extend parallel innovative active pedagogies with corresponding PALMS e-tools (e.g., YoTeach!, Badaboom! and online whiteboards) in the secondary school setting in Mathematics education. We are especially encouraged to do this due to our promising results observed after piloting our “Collaborative Problem Based Learning and Peer-Assessment (Co-PBLa-PA)" active pedagogy using interactive online whiteboards with a couple of math classes at Yuen Long Merchants Association Secondary School.
For collaborators in this project, we provide onsite pedagogical and technological support to implement active learning with the aid of technology in the classroom. Our team will develop relevant lesson plans and support its implementation for teachers. These lesson include the following new and improved active pedagogies with their related apps:
- A new fun and collaborative, problem-based learning and peer assessment teaching method utilizing online whiteboards;
- Interactive in-class activities using YoTeach!, a PALMS developed backchannel chatroom and drawing app;
- Gamified problem-based learning through Badaboom!, a Kahoot!-like platform which can implement math expressions and equations.
Together, we hope we can give math students more enjoyment in learning, showcase the powerful impact these learning strategies have on students’ learning outcomes, and build a collegial community of teachers dedicated to educational growth and development.
Active Learning Lesson Plans with Teaching Materials
A selection of lesson plans and teaching materials using PALMS tools for technology-enabled active learning can be previewed at the below link:
Publications and Dissemination
- Chan, L.C., Shroff, R.H., Ting, F.S.T., Tsang, W.K., Garcia, R.C.C., (2021) “Assessing the Effects of a Collaborative Problem-based Learning and Peer Assessment Method on Junior Secondary Students’ Learning Approaches in Mathematics Using Interactive Online Whiteboards during the COVID-19 Pandemic”, accepted into the Int. Journal of Mobile Learning and Organisation
- “Collaborative Problem-Based Learning and Peer Assessment (Co-PBLa-PA) – a Robust Novel Active Pedagogy for F2F, Hybrid and Online Modes”, CUHK Learning and Teaching Expo, July 29, 2021
Silver Award in the Mathematics Education stream of the International Outstanding e-Learning Awards (國際傑出電子教學獎)(2020/21) for the entry “Developing Active Learning Pedagogies and Mobile Applications in Secondary School Mathematics Education (為中學數學教育發展應用學習的教學法和流動應用程式)”
How to Join?
For other general inquiries on active learning with the aid of technology, you are most welcome to reach out to our PALMS team at firstname.lastname@example.org.