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Delia Memorial School has teamed up with five tech giants to give secondary students a new learning tool

A revolution in secondary education is underway at Delia Memorial School (Hip Wo): Form One and Form Four students are using tablets in class.

These gadgets allow students to carry out extensive research on complex concepts that may not have been fully explained in textbooks.

The school teamed up with five technology providers to make this happen, all part of a plan to enhance students' learning experience.

Last Thursday, an official opening ceremony of the programme took place at the school's Kwun Tong site.

The school's acting principal, Tsui Fook-keung, said: "[The tablets] help students to better prepare for lessons before class by searching information. Instead of preparing for lessons with the help of textbooks, students can take advantage of the ability to do research anytime, anywhere."

"For example, let's say students are about to learn about the first world war, they can go online and find related videos on YouTube before the lesson, so that they can have a preliminary idea of what they're about to learn."

To create a new digital learning environment, the school has brought on board five acclaimed technology companies: network builder Cisco Systems, internet provider HKT, Microsoft, Intel, and Hewlett-Packard, which provides the tablet HP ElitePads.

HKT is in charge of setting up the Wi-fi service, which allows the tablets, run on Microsoft Windows 8, to access the internet. Intel took part in developing a new learning system, while Cisco helped set up the security for the school network.

The students who are using the free tablets now will take the devices with them to the next grade. The next batch of Form One and Form Four students will get new tablets, meaning that it will take three years for the school to fully implement the programme.

"Going digital is the world trend now. It is just a matter of time when it is carried out. The earlier we do, the better we can equip students to the digital world," the principal said.

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