Taoyuan Guang Ming Junior High School, a Smarter School with All-Round Development
Establish Smarter Classroom
Taoyuan Guang Ming Junior High School was founded in 1999. It was the only school in Taoyuan that provided an air conditioner and a water dispenser for every classroom, which were all smarter classrooms. After Xin-Zhang He became the principal in 2015, he continued to promote smarter classrooms by first introducing it to 8th Grade and then 9th Grade. Due to the outstanding results, the Department of Education helped to introduce the system into the entire school. (69 TEAM Model smarter classrooms -- 67 TBL, 2 Pro student-tablet classrooms)
Set up an exclusive Sokrates channel to facilitate teacher professional development
After the smarter classroom software was set up, Guang Ming Junior High School combined the cloud platform construction and used IES Smarter Teaching Service to integrate pre-, mid- ,and post-lesson teaching information; it also adopted AI Smart Coach for evaluation indicators of teacher professional development and growth. In 2019, Guang Ming joined the TEAM Model Smarter School Alliance, and set up an exclusive Sokrates channel for sharing its classic lesson examples with teachers across the world.
Principal Xin-Zhang He
“At the Top of Guang Ming” for expediting the promotion of a smarter school
In order to promote and implement smarter classrooms more rapidly and effectively, Guang Ming invites smarter education expert consultants to conduct training for teachers to understand the state-of-the-art technology usage and ideas. Furthermore, it has established the rewarding measures of “At the Top of Guang Ming”.
Based on wuxia novels' six major orthodox sects, from Kunlun to Shaolin, thirty levels were set up. Each level included knowledge and skills of smarter technology, such as pick-out, IRS, and toss-up, so that teachers could familiarize themselves with the operation and application of smarter classrooms spontaneously.
Teachers received a raffle ticket for each level they pass, and lucky winners would be drawn at the monthly teacher meeting. If all the teachers in the domain passed the final “Shaolin” level, they would all be rewarded with gift certificates and afternoon tea coupons, and the grand prize, a tablet, would be drawn last. It is hoped that, by doing so, teachers would conduct self-learning and offer assistance mutually for a better smarter school.
The Stage for Smarter Teachers
From the lessons accumulated daily, the school selects suitable lessons to represent the school in various teaching competitions, so as to find a bigger stage for the school's smarter teachers.
2019 Cross-strait Smarter Lecture Contest - Champion 2018 Cross-strait Smarter Lecture Contest - Champion 2017 Cross-strait Smarter Lecture Contest - Champion The Taoyuan Team won the championship for three consecutive years in the Cross-strait Smarter Lecture Contest, including two championships in 2017 and 2018, led by Principal Xin-Zhang He. 2018 Master Cup Smart Classroom Team Competition - Champion 2018 Innovative Smarter Lecture Award - Grand Prize 2018 Innovative Smarter Lecture Award - First Prize 2018 Taoyuan City Innovative Technology Interactive Classroom Teaching Team Competition - Bronze Peach Award 2018 Technology Leadership Excellence Award - Xin-Zhang He 2018 Smart School Award (Awarded by Mayor of Taoyuan City)
Since the introduction of smarter classrooms in Guang Ming Junior High School, the equipment and professional development of smart teachers have reached a mature stage. The five subjects to be enhanced have all decreased significantly compared to previous years (e.g. the rate of students needing enhancement in Science subjects has decreased by 1.49 percentage points from 2018 to 2019, which is 4 percentage points lower than the national rate, and the rate for English decreasing by 1.88 percentage points from 2018 to 2019, which is 3 percentage points lower than the national rate). Among the proficient subject ratios, Science and English increased by more than 3 percentage points from 107 to 108, and the difference between Science and the national ratio was no more than 1 percentage point. After the introduction of the TEAM Model system at Guang Ming Junior High School, the student's academic performance has improved and is still improving. Principal Xin-Zhang He said: "As long as the 5C ratio goes down every year, it means that the school's teaching has a very close relationship with smart education."
The public high school/high school admission rate of Guang Ming Junior High School has been increasing year by year, the rate of students to be enhanced has been decreasing, and the rate of proficient subjects has been close to the national rate. The school has received excellent results in domestic and international smart education competitions for many years, awarded the championship in the Cross-strait Smarter Lecture Contest for two consecutive years, 2017 and 2018, which represents Guang Ming's achievements in promoting and developing smart education. Next, Guang Ming also plans to hold its own Guang Ming Cup Smart Classroom Team Competition to make Guang Ming Junior High School a representative of smart education.