EdUHK EdTech Innovations Claim 10 iCAN Awards

The Education University of Hong Kong won 10 awards at the 6th International Invention Innovation Competition in Canada (iCAN), with three gold medals, one silver, one bronze and five special prizes, in August 2021.

With a commitment to creating a positive impact on learning and teaching, EdUHK scholars exhibited extensive expertise in scientific research and implementation of technology. These awards acknowledge the University’s solid reputation for research output and innovative technologies.

The five award-winning innovations cover different application areas, including language learning, life education and early childhood development. They are:

  1. VocabGO – An Augmented Reality English Vocabulary Learning App
  • Principal investigator: Dr Song Yanjie, Associate Professor, Department of Mathematics and Information Technology
  • Awards: Gold Medal, Organiser’s Choice Award
  • A mobile app which uses augmented reality technology to help students learn English vocabulary. The app contains several learning modes and encourages users to practise and expand their English vocabulary through the gamified in-app activities.
  1. Audio-Tactile Chinese Characters: Bringing Multisensory & Novel Learning Experience to the Visually Impaired
  • Principal investigator: Dr Hung Keung, Associate Professor, Department of Cultural and Creative Arts
  • Awards: Gold Medal, Best 10 Invention Designs Award
  • A multi-sensory learning kit tailor-made for learners with visual impairment. It helps users understand the structural formation of Chinese characters and appreciate the beauty of traditional Chinese calligraphy through feeling, touching and hearing.
  1. Tree Assessment for Life Education (TALE) Project
  • Principal investigator: Professor Jim Chi-yung, Department of Social Sciences, and Professor John Lee Chi-kin, Vice President (Academic) and Provost
  • Awards: Gold Medal, International Special Award
  • A project which aims to raise public awareness of urban tree preservation and to cultivate users’ appreciation of life and other species. A mobile app is developed to facilitate learning of basic botanical knowledge and help users conduct tree assessments using the Visual Tree Assessment technique. The app also gathers georeferenced data which can be used for research and environmental education purposes.
  1. The Chinese Inventory of Children’s Socioemotional Competence (CICSEC)
  • Principal investigator: Professor Kevin Chung Kien-hoa, Department of Early Childhood Education (ECE) and Dr Ian Lam Chun-bun, Associate Professor at ECE
  • Awards: Silver Medal, International Special Award
  • An evidence-based assessment system which can quickly evaluate children’s level of socioemotional competence. It is the first culturally responsive assessment system developed in Asia, targeting Chinese children. The CICSEC is also a conceptual framework and reliable indicator which can be easily used by kindergarten teachers.
  1. Dramaflow – Ideas Generation Dice for Planning Process Drama Lessons
  • Principal investigator: Dr Pansy Tam Po-chi, Assistant Professor at ECE
  • Awards: Bronze Medal, Best 10 Woman Inventors Award
  • A toolkit equipped with design strategies to assist teachers in developing compelling Process Drama (PD) lessons for the early childhood education curriculum. Since most PD class activities rely on picture book storytelling, this toolkit encourages teachers to break out from the confined narratives and look for innovative ways to retell a story. As a creativity booster, it helps teachers overcome creative blocks and stimulate active exploration and imagination of PD class activities to achieve teaching objectives.
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Nestled in a scenic mountain range, just one hour from Hong Kong’s business districts, The Education University of Hong Kong (EdUHK) offers tranquility and world-class scholarship in a vibrant, inclusive community. EdUHK is a publicly funded tertiary institution dedicated to the advancement of teaching and learning through diverse academic and research programmes on teacher education and complementary disciplines, including social sciences and humanities. The University places great emphasis on research capability with the aim of contributing to the advancement of knowledge, scholarship and innovation. EdUHK is committed to creating a sustainable impact on social progress and human betterment and defining the education landscape for not only Hong Kong, but also the Asia Pacific region. Ranked 3rd in Asia and 16th in the world in Education (QS World University Rankings by Subject 2021), EdUHK will continue to make an impact locally, regionally and internationally through high quality research and scholarship. Adopting an Education-plus approach, its primary mission is to lead educational innovation, and to promote and support the strategic development of teaching, teacher education and disciplines complementary to education by preparing outstanding and morally responsible educators and professionals while supporting their lifelong learning. To know more about EdUHK, please visit

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