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During the SAR outbreak in  ong Kong, when all the schools and  lasses were  suspended, the Hong Kong  Education City portal  page view rate escalated from 2 million to 4.6 million a day. 42 online  courses were made available for free to all 1,300 schools, with the  support its partners.  More than 70  ultimedialearning games were  re-packaged, together  with other online resources, encouraging  asynchronous learning. The number of messages posted also hit a record  high; senders ranged  from group messages from  university staff to short messages from  primary school pupils. Hong Kong Education City is the largest  education portal in Hong  Kong, servicing 1,300 schools. Self  learning takes place at the website for students and parents alike,  while virtual classrooms have been set up  for teachers to continue with current curriculum, training both parents and students during this time of   national crisis. HKedCity is designed to promote IT  in education and to build a one-stop education portal for teachers, students and parents. Through this  network, the general public can share information, collaborate online and  enjoy access to e-learning facilities. Market Place  The HKedCity web site is now recognized as the largest and most popular educational web site in Hong  Kong, with around three million visitors per day.

Who manages HK education City?
Founded in May 2002, Hong Kong Education City Limited (HKECL), a wholly owned subsidiary of the Education and Manpower  Bureau is responsible for managing the Hong Kong Education City  (HKedCity) website and to uphold the
mission of promoting quality education and IT education in Hong  Kong. The HkedCity is funded by the Quality Education Fund. Other major  partners in this initiative  include TechCreations Company Limited  (TechCreation) and First Virtual Communications.  TechCreations (http:// is  an IT solution provider specialized in IT in education,  infrastructure and security. Headquartered in Santa Clara,  California, First Virtual  Communications (http:// is a premier provider of next generation  web conferencing and  collaboration solutions.

Why Hong Kong Education City?
The first wave of IT education in Hong Kong came in with the  strategy  Information  Technology for Learning in a New Era’-1998-2003. The strategies emphasized on linking students to the ‘vast  network world of knowledge and information to enable them to acquire a broad  knowledge base and a global outlook’ along with developing in  students ‘the attitude and capability for independent life-long  learning’. The Hong Kong Education City portal  eveloped  as a response to the government strategy. The HkedCity was build as an education portal based on IRIS model (Information-Resources-  Interaction-Services).  The target audiences are the students for ‘Self-Paced Learning’,  teachers for ‘Classroom Teaching & Professional Development’ and parents for ‘parenthood and  life-long learning’.

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