By Qin Ruijie, Shao Yuzi
As China steadily expands the application of information technology to education, more and more parts of the country now have access to high-quality educational resources.
Information technology is closing urban-rural and regional digital divides and bringing rural students closer to renowned schools and teachers, connecting students to the wider world.
By the end of 2020, all primary and secondary schools in China were connected to the Internet. By the end of 2021, 99.5% of primary and secondary schools in China had built multimedia classrooms, bringing the total number of such rooms to more than 4 million. In particular, 87.2% of them had equipped all of their classes with multimedia teaching aids.
At Dongtai School in Xuanhe Township, Zhongwei, Ningxia Hui Autonomous Region, northwest China, a number of electronic teaching aids are used.
According to the school’s math teacher Li Yunyi, students there take at least 10 online lessons a week with other students from key schools.
“The application of information technology in education has broken down resource barriers, allowing students to access more quality content,” the teacher said.
According to her, students can not only replay the online classes they attended, but also watch a number of videos related to those classes.
Wang Yuling is a primary school teacher with 20 years of teaching experience in Xinhua District, Shijiazhuang, North China’s Hebei Province. A course she taught was recently uploaded by the Xinhua District Education Office to an online platform, to make the high-quality course accessible to more students.
China will continue to expand the supply of high-quality educational resources and ensure the sharing of these resources in regions less developed in terms of education, said an official with the Ministry of Education.
According to the official, 20.12 million lessons have been shared by 21 million teachers nationwide on an online education platform established by the National Center for Educational Technology. These classes are suitable for all students in basic education.
In addition, a nationwide smart platform was recently launched to provide a variety of educational resources for primary and secondary school students. A total of 17,492 online courses of 450 textbooks in 19 versions are available on the platform.
Information technology, in addition to balancing educational resources, also energizes classrooms by providing advanced teaching methods and approaches to schools and teachers in educationally underdeveloped regions.
The Education Ministry official announced that more than 10 million teachers have joined a national training program that aims to build the capacity of primary and lower secondary teachers to apply information technology to education.
In addition, more than 30,000 directors of local education departments, principals of elementary and secondary schools, as well as basic teachers across China have participated in relevant training courses, the official said.
According to the official, more than 80 percent of primary and secondary school teachers across China have started teaching activities using information technology.