The second annual EdTechTeam Hong Kong Summit featuring Google for Education to be held at the Independent Schools Foundation Academy on September 19 & 20, 2015. The ISF Academy is a non-profit, Foundation Year (K3) to Grade 12, Private Independent School, emphasizing Chinese language and culture, with a global perspective. By drawing the best from the East and the West, The ISF Academy seeks to educate students for life in the 21st century, nurturing global citizens who are problem solvers, lateral thinkers and leaders able to thrive amidst uncertainty and social changes in a rapidly evolving global society. In the past, education has been shaped by the needs of the Industrial Age with an emphasis on discrete fields of study, linear thinking and intellectual conformity. In the Information Age, however, education demands applied creativity, innovation, diversity, interdisciplinary approaches, and effective multi-sensory communication. Students must learn to embrace change and lead innovation.
The ISF Academy’s learning programs develop students who reflect the School’s key descriptors: Independent, Chinese, Global. Their students develop independence by learning to think critically, communicate effectively and by participating in experiential learning programs which promote self-esteem, responsibility and compassion. ISF students are strongly connected to Chinese culture through language immersion in a rich Chinese cultural setting, and deep appreciation of Chinese traditions and moral values. ISF students also have a rich global engagement,physically through exposure to other countries and cultures, and intellectually through mastery of the English language and particularly through the globally oriented curricula of the International Baccalaureate (IB).
Our students engage in purposeful learning activities that help them master the skills of analysis, develop perspective and judgment, respect all living things, as well as communicate, connect, and be empowered to act within the community at large.
On July 1, 1997, Hong Kong became a Special Administrative Region (SAR) of The People’s Republic of China (PRC). Hong Kong is located in east Asia, just south of the Tropic of Cancer. Hong Kong Island is 32km east of the mouth of Pearl River and 135km southeast of Canton. It is separated from the mainland by a broad natural harbour. Hong Kong Island was ceded to Britain in 1842 by the Treaty of Nanking; and the Kowloon Peninsula (south of Boundary Street and Stonecutters Island) in 1860 by the Convention of Peking. The area of Boundary Street to Shenzhen River and a group of 260 islands, now known as the New Territories, were leased to Britain in 1898 for a period of 99 years. The New Territories (plus the 260 islands) comprise 891 sq km (380 sq miles).
Hong Kong experiences four distinct seasons, with the climate influenced in winter by the north-northeast monsoon and in summer by the south-southwest monsoon. Summers are very hot, with the rainy season running from June to August. Spring and autumn are warm with occasional rain and cooler evenings. Winter can be cold, but most days are mild.