A two-year project which encourages secondary students to use information technology (IT) to learn by themselves is trying to attract schools. The Self-directed Learning with Information Technology Scheme was launched by the Centre for Information Technology in School and Teacher Education at the University of Hong Kong. The centre received $1.2 million from the University Grants Committee to implement the project. Director of the centre Dr Nancy Law Luk Wai-ying said the project aimed to foster the development of self-directed learning and information skills among secondary students. 'It also provides a meaningful context for collaboration between second ary and tertiary sectors in both staff development and diffusion of information technology,' she said. 'And as a joint effort in exploring how to promote the change in learning culture that is essential for society to enter the information age.' The project will initially select 20 secondary schools and each of them will recommend two teachers as facilitators and eight Form Five graduates as participants. Dr Law said teachers and students joining the project did not need to have a high level of computer literacy, but they should be willing to learn. Schools will be selected according to their past experience in providing IT education and their creativity in promoting self-learning activities. The main emphasis will be on a three-month project running from June to August next year. Students will be divided into 40 groups according to their research interests. Their topics can be either academic or non-academic. Academics from tertiary institutions will be invited to be mentors and each group will also be led by a secondary teacher acting as a facilitator to guide students through the self-directed learning process. The deadline for applications is tomorrow. For details, contact project manager Lam Wai-man on 2549-3070; or at the Website http://www.cite . hku.hk.