HKIRC Sponsors Free ‘.idv.hk’ / 「.個人.hk」for Yan Chai Hospital Wong Wha San Secondary School

First secondary school in Hong Kong to help students establish their online identities

Pioneering management of email addresses and website URLs under a single interface to bring lifelong benefits for students

Hong Kong, March 24, 2009 – Yan Chai Hospital Wong Wha San Secondary School has become the first secondary school in Hong Kong to help students establish online identities with the donation of over 800 ‘.idv.hk’ and「.個人.hk」 domains from Hong Kong Internet Registration Corporation Limited (HKIRC). This enables teachers and students to integrate information technology with their academic and daily lives.

With an ‘.idv.hk’ and「.個人.hk」 domain name, each student of Wong Wha San Secondary School can establish a unique online identity with a personalized email address and website URL applications, i.e. tommy-workhard.idv.hk, trymybest.idv.hk,陳志偉.個人.hk etc. Applications for ‘.idv.hk’ and「.個人.hk」 must be completed with valid proof of their Hong Kong identities. This service highlights Hong Kong students’ Hong Kong identity, individuality and uniqueness.

Wong Wha San Secondary School is the first school in Hong Kong to encourage students to adopt personalized domain names as part of the IT curriculum. The first phase of the domain name registration will start with students from secondary one to three, and later it will extend to secondary four to seven students. HKIRC, in collaboration with technical support service provider Speedy Group Corporation Limited (Speedy Group), provides a total management solution known as Speedy Group Central Web to ensure that students can establish their personal websites and other web applications quickly and easily. This also enables the school to implement activities without hassles.

Speedy Group Central Web is equipped with two primary functions, namely URL Redirects and Email Forwarder, which enable users to manage basic functions such as email and URL with one single interface. Students are encouraged using Web 2.0 technologies to establish their own social network and interactive sharing platform using these features. Moreover, the system allows for easy change of IP addresses, which means that students can retain their emails and URLs upon graduation, and continue to benefit from these online features for lifelong use.

At the same time, Speedy Group Central Web provides a simple, convenient and secure total management solution for email and web hosting. This enables the school to implement IT in education activities without hassle while helping students establish personalized websites.

By encouraging students to use ‘.idv.hk’ and「.個人.hk」domain names, Wong Wha San Secondary School would like to cultivate information literacy and a healthy online culture among students, encouraging proper behavior and fostering their sense of presence online. It is through various communication media, such as blogs and webpage writing, to let students beware of appropriate online behavior and intellectual property issues. Wong Wha San Secondary School has long been dedicated to investing in technology development, with the aim of providing an interactive and effective e-learning environment for students.

“Developing information literacy among the students is one of the major concerns in my school. They are expected to acquire a higher level of information literacy beyond basic computer skills. ‘The Consultation Document on the Third Strategy on Information Technology in Education’ by the Education Bureau stated that teachers play a critical role to cultivate this literacy among students,” said Ms Au Yuet Ching, the principal of Yan Chai Hospital Wong Wha San Secondary School.

“With the burgeoning number of homepages and blogs, the Internet now forms an integral part of people’s lifestyles. The ‘.hk’ domain name has been playing an increasingly important role in the education sector and online community, which is important to the everyday lives of the people of Hong Kong,” said Jonathan Shea, CEO of HKIRC.

“Through the scheme, students can create and manage their individual ’idv.hk‘ domain names and web pages easily under a graphic-interface platform that was a complicated process in the past. Eventually, students can apply their domain names and Web 2.0 technology in daily life situation,” said Johnny Luk, Project Manager of Speedy Group.

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About Yan Chai Hospital Wong Wha San Secondary School

Yan Chai Hospital Wong Wha San Secondary School is a government-aided secondary school and the sixth secondary school of Yan Chai Hospital that was established with a donation from the late founder, Mr. Wong Wha San. Since opening in 1999, the school adheres to the Yan Chai Hospital motto of “Serving the Community in the Spirit of Benevolence” and provides a quality, holistic education, aiming to equip the students with excellent language skills; advanced skills in information technology; a broad, global perspective and a high moral standard, so that they can better serve the citizens of Hong Kong, our local community and their country in the future.

About HKIRC
Hong Kong Internet Registration Corporation Limited (HKIRC) is a non-profit-making, non-statutory, member-based organization designated by the Government of the HKSAR to undertake the management and administration of the Internet domain names under the '.hk' country code top level domain. The organization is established in 2001 to provide ‘.hk’ registration services.

About ‘.hk’
HKIRC’s key mandate is to provide top quality ‘.hk’ domain name registration services for the local as well as the global community, including various categories of English domain names ending with '.com.hk', '.org.hk', '.net.hk', '.edu.hk', '.gov.hk', '.idv.hk', '.hk' and Chinese domain names ending with '.公司.hk', '.組織.hk', '.網絡.hk', '.教育.hk', '.政府.hk', '.個人.hk', '.hk'; and other domains related to be introduced from time to time in Hong Kong.

About Speedy Group
Speedy Group is one of the leading integrated IT companies in Hong Kong to provide a customer-led, one stop solution to customers. Speedy Group, the largest school based IT supporting services provider in Hong Kong, provides quality Technical Support Services (TSS) to over 300 primary and secondary schools. Speedy Group provides a spectrum of IT services from domain name registration, web hosting, network solution to data center service.