WaaSchool




WaaSchool

The Fourth Strategy on IT in Education announced by the Education Bureau highlighted the importance of eLearning by strengthening schools’ IT infrastructure and equipping all classrooms with WiFi access.

Being one of the major advocators of eLearning in Hong Kong, Hong Kong Education City (HKEdCity) is devoted to enhancing information technology infrastructure in schools and exploring possibilities to assist schools to implement eLearning. In 2013 working together with Association of I.T. Leaders in Education (AiTLE), HKEdCity established a pioneer project, ‘WiFi as a Service School Partnership Project’ (WaaSchool), providing convenient and easy-to-access WiFi network to schools, so as to empower our future generations with innovative learning paradigm.

WaaSchool Services

School Accounts Management
Please login to “School Account Management System” with your school administrator account (xxx-admin) to manage student and teacher accounts.
Before connecting to WaaSchool Wi-Fi network, the password for students and teachers have to be reset, please refer to Chinese version for details.

1. Authentication
Login WiFi network with HKEdCity account.

Simplified Management

Administrative works, such as managing accounts, can be simplified. HKEdCity supports schools to update accounts annually with ease
Schools can set up a shared account for parents and guests to access WiFi on campus.
Functional accounts can be set up for shared devices, including tablets, Apple TV, Miracast, WiDi, etc.
Compared with using Mac Address for authentication, schools need not to register hundreds of devices, or replicate the action in case of damage or loss of devices.
School email accounts, such as Gmail and Microsoft Outlook, can be used as HKEdCity account’s login name. (Remarks: For security, users have to log in with their HKEdCity account password.)
Schools can view the WiFi login record on WiFi Authentication Service Admin page by using School Administrator Account or Affiliated Teacher Account.

Cost effective

The service is free of charge for secondary and primary schools in HK.
Compared with using school server for authentication, schools need not to invest much on technical support, such as managing the server and protecting it from security leakage.

Login/ Session Control

Schools can restrict WiFi access to a specific period of time or to a specific group of students through the ‘ON/OFF’ feature.
Schools can limit the number of devices connecting to the WiFi network for each user e.g. each student can use only one device to log in, whilst teachers do not have such restrictions. (Remarks: This feature requires network service providers’ coordination.)

Application Procedures

Schools apply through network service provider
Service Provider provides information, such as school supporting document and school IP address, to HKEdCity
HKEdCity and Service Provider sign agreement
HKEdCity provides service to schools after receiving all necessary documents
Service Provider confirms that service is provided to schools

2. Login Control
School can turn on/off WiFi access for individual user and at a specific time period.

WaaSchool Login Control, allows school to turn on/off its school WiFi in due course. WiFi authentication will take place when users log in with EdCity account.

Two settings are provided: General Setting and Special Setting.

General Setting: School can preset time slots of WiFi accessible to students. For example, according to the class schedule, students are only allowed to access WiFi from 8am to 6pm, Monday to Friday (Demo 1). On the other hand, school can limit WiFi access for students during weekends and holidays (Demo 2).

videoDemo 1: General Setting: Restrict student’s Wi-Fi Login Time Slots

videoDemo 2: General Setting: Wi-Fi login is not allowed on Saturday and Sunday

 

Special Setting: School can turn on/off WiFi for all school users or specific user groups. For example, students from non-eLearning classes are not allowed to access WiFi (Demo 3). On the other hand, school can turn on WiFi to cater for the needs of individual student or teacher (Demo 4).

videoDemo 3: Special Setting: Restrict Wi-Fi Login for Specific Users

videoDemo 4: Special Setting: Enable Wi-Fi Login for Specific Users

3. Session Control
School can control number of device logins at a time.

Session control allows school to limit the number of devices connecting to the WiFi network for each user. This is set up and maintained by Service Provider in collaboration with HKEdCity.  School shall contact Service Provider for details.

School can select one of the following settings.

1) Each user can connect multiple devices to WiFi at a time

2) Each user can connect only 1 device to WiFi at a time

3) Specific user can connect only 1 device to WiFi at a time whilst other users do not have such restrictions




Partners

We cooperate with local network service providers to ensure schools using a stable WiFi network for eLearning implementation.
1. 153 Primary Schools, 135 Secondary Schools and 22 Special Schools 
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2. 8 Service Providers
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Activities

Briefing Seminar for WiFi900A Schools

With the implementation of the Fourth Strategy on Information Technology in Education (ITE4), all public sector schools have been building WiFi network in classrooms step by step, to facilitate the use of mobile devices for eLearning.

Whilst the contract of WiFi 900A (WiFi 900 Phase 1) schools will expire soon, Hong Kong Education City and Association of I.T. Leaders in Education is co-organising a briefing seminar for WiFi 900A schools to know about some tips and tricks in drafting the new contract and supervising the new WiFi service. WiFi 100 schools are also invited to share their experience.

 

Review on Briefing Seminar for WiFi900A Schools (23 Nov 2017)

  1. Tender update and different IT-in-Ed Funding

    Speaker: Ms. Lam Wing Yee, Sierra [Senior Curriculum Development Officer (ITE)] Powerpoint 

     

  2. WiFi Testing Tools & Features, Fuction of HKEdCity WaaSchool Website and IT Budget Planning

    Speaker: Mr. Cheng Pat Leung, Victor [Executive Director of HKEdCity] Powerpoint 1 Powerpoint 2  

     

  3. Sharing by WiFi 1000 school: CCC Kei Wai Primary School

    Speaker: Mr. Lam Wai Kay [Teacher of CCC Kei Wai Primary School] Powerpoint 

     

  4. Sharing by WiFi 1000 school: Caritas Fanling Chan Chun Ha Secondary School

    Speaker: Mr. Li Woon Chung & Mr. Chui Chak Lam [Teachers of Caritas Fanling Chan Chun Ha Secondary School] Powerpoint 

     

  5. Tender Sample Sharing and Points-to-note in New WiFi tender

    Speaker: Mr. Wong Kin Wai, Albert [Chairman of Association of IT Leaders in Education (AiTLE)] Powerpoint 

     


‘New Service Highlights of WiFi 1000 Support and Account Management’ Sharing Session

One of the Fourth Strategy on Information Technology in Education (ITE4)’s key measures is to enable WiFi coverage in all classrooms of all public sector schools to facilitate the use of mobile devices for eLearning. There are all sorts of tools and services, so how can we choose the appropriate ones to ensure a stable WiFi network and effective implementation of account management at school?

For this, Hong Kong Education City has organised ‘New Service Highlights of WiFi 1000 Support and Account Management’ Sharing Session on July 6, which included talks and a networking session for speakers and participants to exchange ideas on school WiFi network maintenance, key principles of account management and effective use of single sign-on solution.

 

Review on‘New Service Highlights of WiFi 1000 Support and Account Management’ Sharing Session (6 Jul 2017)

  1. Successful Factors of Building and Maintaining School WiFi Network

    Speaker: Mr Tse Lai Pan, Team Head of Information Technology in Education of Christ College

    Powerpoint 

     

  2. New Support of WaaSchool (WiFi Authentication and Testing Tool) Service

    Speaker: Mr Nicky Leung, Senior System Manager of HKEdCity

    Powerpoint 

     

  3. Flexible Account Management to Connect Resourceful Platforms

    Speaker: Ms Ling Hung, Senior Development Manager of HKEdCity

    Powerpoint 

     

  4. Effective Use of Single Sign-on in School Setting

    Speaker: Mr Chu Ka Tim, Prefect of Studies and IT Coordinator of Hong Kong True Light College

    Powerpoint 

     

  5. Conclusion

    Speaker: Mr Victor Cheng, Executive Director of HKEdCity

     

  6. Q & A Session




Technical Support

Schools are required to use WaaSchool WiFi Authentication to manage the settings of ‘Login Control’ and ‘Session Control’. Before connecting to WaaSchool WiFi network, please refer to Account Management to reset all the passwords for students and teachers.

WiFi Connection Setup
Get internet access on Android, iOS and Windows 10
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Account Management
Update accounts for all students and teachers
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FAQs

1.  How can I create an account to use WiFi Authentication service?

Before connecting to WaaSchool WiFi network, all passwords for students and teachers need to be reset. Please refer to Account Management for details.

To ensure accuracy of account information, schools need to update all user accounts with the school administrator accounts (xxx-admin). Please visit School Account Management System to update student information. If you have any questions concerning account update, please feel free to contact us at support@hkedcity.net for technical support.