Taoyuan Da You Junior High School, an awarded Five Star Smart School
When it comes to smart schools in Taoyuan, one has to mention Taoyuan Municipal Da You Junior High School, which is advancing at an incredible speed while overturning our views on education.
Since 2016, Da You Junior High School has gradually introduced TEAM Model Smarter Classroom, building a total of 50 smarter classrooms with 80-inch Haboard interactive whiteboards with HiTeach in each classroom. In just less than a year, the school has become an excellent example of a smart school in Taoyuan City.
"According to the preliminary results of the implementation, the standard deviation of students' performance on the exams in classes using smart classrooms is obviously smaller than that in classes not using smart classrooms," said Then-Principal Jia Siang Chen.
In order to motivate teachers into learning about smarter classrooms, teachers that are familiar with the system take the initiative in forming a commission and started the "Mountaineering Project". The project divides the use of technology in smarter classrooms into five stages, much like a level-breaking game with the difficulty level set by the height of five mountains in Taiwan. Each teacher has to submit a mountain climbing application to the committee, and then the committee will watch the teachers' actual operation to decide whether to pass the examination. After passing the certification of a mountain, you can get a lottery ticket to participate in the monthly lottery. If teachers pass the Jade Mountain level (the highest), they will have a chance to win the grand prize at the end of the semester, which is an iPhone and a tablet computer! In addition, if all teachers in each subject pass the Xueshan level, all teachers in that subject will receive a hotel tea voucher. By encouraging each other and learning from each other, teachers are familiarized with the use of smart classrooms through the Mountaineering Program and are rewarded for their professional growth in Da You! This project has become a model practice for many schools in promoting smart classrooms.
In addition, in the 2018 Comprehensive Assessment Program for Junior High School Students, the school's percentage of proficient students (A) was better than the national rate, while the percentage of students to be enhanced (C) was lower than the national rate. The success was also reported in an interview by CommonWealth Education Media and Publishing.