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ICT Use During SARS: Teachers' Experiences

, University of Hong Kong, Hong Kong

Journal of Technology and Teacher Education Volume 15, Number 2, ISSN 1059-7069 Publisher: Society for Information Technology & Teacher Education, Waynesville, NC USA


In 2003, Severe Acute Respiratory Syndrome or SARS spread rapidly through international air travel from China to many cities across the world, resulting in over 8,000 cases of infections and 774 deaths. In Hong Kong, as the virus invaded the community, so did fear. The government put in place measures to help the public guard against the virus, one of which was to close all schools and universities. One thousand three hundred and two (1,302) schools were closed, 1,000,000 children stayed at home, and 50,600 teachers were suddenly faced with the challenge of using digital technology to provide an education that would reach beyond school walls into the homes and computers of Hong Kong students. Teachers had to rethink their teaching strategies and provide their students with new and different opportunities to work through curriculum requirements. SARS provided a catalyst for intense use of information and communication technology (ICT) in ways which had not been prepared for or anticipated. The plunge into ICT was a voyage of exciting discovery for some and frustration for others. Either way, it had an impact on subsequent perceptions of the potential and shortcomings of ICT in education in Hong Kong. This article focuses on teachers' perspectives on the role played by digital technology to meet the challenges faced by Hong Kong educators during the SARS crisis.


Fox, B. (2007). ICT Use During SARS: Teachers' Experiences. Journal of Technology and Teacher Education, 15(2), 191-2005. Waynesville, NC USA: Society for Information Technology & Teacher Education. Retrieved July 6, 2022 from .



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