Cyber-classes got underway as King's College opened its model information technology (IT) campus under a $120 million pilot scheme. A total of 20 schools, including King's, were selected last May to take part in a trial scheme on the development of IT in secondary schools. Each school was allocated $6 million to spend on computers and other IT equipment. Under the scheme, all King's College students and staff were given e-mail accounts and every teacher was provided with a notebook computer. Vice-principal of King's Col lege Lam Wai said the school was now equipped with three more servers, 105 PCs, 60 notebook computers and accessories. Each classroom is equipped with a screen and projector and some also have Internet access. The IT scheme has enabled students not only to look beyond the classroom, but also beyond Hong Kong. 'Our school is now taking part in a collaborative study with two secondary schools in Singapore,' Mr Lam said. Students are able to share their views with their Singapore counterparts through e-mail and video conferencing. Since early this month, students have had their lessons livened up through the use of computers. Students said the use of IT made lessons more interesting. 'It is colourful and attractive,' said Form Three student Yee Wai-kuen, 15. 'It can draw students' attention to the classes.' Fellow students Ho Yuk- kwan,15, and Au Yeung Man-tai, 14, said they were going on-line to learn outside the classroom. English teacher Pinky Louie said new technology improved the teaching atmosphere. 'But traditional teacher-student com munication can't be omitted,' she said. She said she was teaching a quarter of her classes with the aid of computers. The school's IT opening ceremony was officiated by Professor Wong Po-choi, director of Hong Kong Cybercampus and associate professor of the Department of Information Engineering at the Chinese University of Hong Kong. He said it was not an easy task for the 20 pilot schools to be updated in such a short period. He said he hoped the pilot scheme would show that government money had been well spent.