WHAT IS information technology (IT) in education? It means far more than teachers doing PowerPoint presentations in class and students attending illustrated lectures on a big screen. It is a culture, an essential element in everyday teaching and learning, and it is meant to be fun. Students at YCH Wong Wha San Secondary School in Tseung Kwan O can tell you lots more about it. The school recently opened its doors to teachers, parents and students on Digital Day, a carnival jointly organised by the Education Department, the Information Technology Services Department and HKEducationCity.net. About 127 schools took part in the event. IT games and projects were set up on campus. The Tseung Kwan O school set up 18 exhibition units and organised 38 talks and interactive workshops. The school not only incorporates IT into subjects such as Chinese composition and English listening, but also physical education, art and music. Last September, during the Sydney Olympics, the school organised an Information Olympic Month. Students searched for information on the history of the Games and sports activities in China on the Internet. They also learned about food and nutrition and dangerous drugs online. Software such as Freehand was used to design sportswear, and students watched the Games online. A total of 13 subjects related to sports, including Chinese, English, home economics, history and art, were given special emphasis during Olympic Month and students learned to use various computer programs. 'The key to our success is that we do not treat computing as only one subject. We integrate it into various subjects, and encourage both teachers and students to use it as much as they can,' said principal Lam Au Yuet-ching. Next year students will pick up another new skill - they will be composing songs on the computer with a software package called Noteworthy. 'It is too boring to just sing and clap in music lessons,' said computer teacher Tran Forth-kent. 'With this software program, students can learn about different rhythms and sounds of musical instruments by keying in their own music.' The use of IT has become so important for students that taking their computers away would leave them at a disadvantage in their studies, Ms Lam said. 'Using the latest IT helps to make studying more fun and provides a sense of satisfaction. This is especially true when teachers and students learn together,' Ms Lam added.