The Innovative Influence of Technologies on Education in China: Ongoing and Outlook

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Abstract

Information and communication technology (ICT) is having a revolutionary influence on the reform and development of Chinese education. The purpose of the paper is to share and introduce the generated and generating transformative impact of ICT in Chinese education to the world. The Connect-SCS project (Connect-SCS refers to connecting schools through broadband networks, connecting classes with quality digital learning resources, and connecting students in cyber-learning spaces) based on cloud computing technology promotes the development of educational equity and education management and also provides an important platform for enhancing teachers’ ability in using ICT in education. Mobile and ubiquitous learning plays a more and more important role in integrating formal and informal learning. Massive open online courses (MOOCs) and online learning offer learners more choices and promote reform in higher education. Maker education and STEAM education keep students’ practical and innovation abilities grounded in practice; education big data and learning analytics have great potential to personalize instruction and improve learning with targeted and humanized services for individual development. “Internet Plus” strategy and the Development of Education industry driven by ICT promote differentiated and customized education services. However, development of ICT in education still faces enormous challenges, including (a) a lack of understanding how to effectively integrate ICT into education; (b) a need to train and retrain teachers in the effective use of ICT in teaching, learning, and evaluation; and (c) a persistent digital divide with regard to ICT access and use (i.e., educational equity).

Keywords

Information and communication technology (ICT) Education in China Educational reform ICT influence 

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Authors and Affiliations

  1. 1.East China Normal UniversityShanghaiChina
  2. 2.School of Education, Hangzhou Normal UniversityHangzhouChina

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