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At ISB we believe that technology is not a tool to replace traditional ways of learning but rather a way of transforming the classroom into a learning space that can offer greater collaboration and communication between students as well as ways to improve critical analysis of information and creative ways of problem solving. In order to make this vision a reality, ISB recognizes that all students need to be digitally literate to become life-long learners. All classes incorporate technology as part of the curriculum and we are continually finding new ways of innovating and adding to our technology resources. We believe technology integration needs to be purposeful and hands-on. ISB has adopted a BYOL program at our high school and an 1 to 1 iPad program at the middle school, while our primary school offers 1 to 1 iPad program at grades 2 and 5 and 1 to 2 laptops and iPad's for all other grade levels.
ISB is continually looking at new and innovative ways for students, teachers and parents to gain greater access to both school and educational information. At our primary school we have introduced the use of Seesaw as a communication tool with parents. Seesaw is a multimedia journal that empowers students to showcase what they're learning at school. Throughout the school year, Seesaw builds an organized, digital portfolio of student's learning, accessible by teacher, student and parent. At our secondary school, students have developed Digital Portfolios to track and showcase their learning of ISB’s core values. This is organized using Google's web building application, Google Sites. Students are encouraged to add to their portfolios throughout the year and reflect on not just their learning but achievements at ISB.
Educational technology resources are constantly changing and ISB is continually updating and adding to the resources both teachers and students have access to. ISB has equipped each classroom with digital projectors and Apple TV's for wireless playback, we have introduced new technologies including 3D printing for our design department and provided all staff with professional development training for the Google Educational Suite. Google for Education provides productivity tools built for teaching and learning. Google suite transforms the classroom from an individual learning experience to a collaborative network where students can work in groups and get real time feedback on assessments from both teachers and peers.
ISB has adopted the International Society for Technology in Education (ISTE Standards for educators) - to improve the practices and conditions required for learning through technology. These standards encourage developmental and discipline-specific uses of technology to strengthen knowledge along with the skills and attitudes of inquiry-based education. An ethos of life-long learning is modeled to our students by professionals continually upgrading their skills and practices while reflecting on the uses of technology to optimize learning. We have developed a Technology based scope and sequence for our primary school students that focuses on the development of core technology skills that build year on year. This ensures that our students are equipped with the necessary skills to be successful lifelong learners when they graduate from high school.
Successful technology programs require constant access to technology professionals. ISB employs an IT Director, Technology Integration Coach, IS Manager, and an IT Technician as part of a team providing a seamless digital-age learning environment.