Integration of technology into learning processes is an essential component of the TCIS commitment to promotion of international-mindedness, global citizenship and the development of attributes of the IB Learner Profile. Not only is it important to teach the use of technology, but it is equally as important to teach the mindsets and attitudes that are needed for principled, appropriate and successful use of technology.
Goals of Technology Use
Through inquiring into content and concepts, TCIS students will develop their technology literacy and their ability to adapt and develop new technologies in order to solve problems, meet needs and generate products and solutions.
TCIS teachers understand that technology is both a set of tools and a series of concepts that help students think, behave and learn in a variety of contexts. TCIS teachers integrate technology within inquiry frameworks in order to foster both development of technology skills and technology literacy; this approach to teaching and learning helps TCIS meet its school wide learner outcomes as they are embedded in the IB Learner Profile.
As an IB World school we see the use of technology as essential to student learning at TCIS. We believe that the use of information and communication technologies (ICT) provide students with powerful tools with which to develop skills in critical thinking, collaboration and communication. The development of IB Learner profile attributes and appropriate digital citizenship skills are crucial factors in allowing students to develop responsibility toward their own learning. The use of current educational technology and teaching practices allow TCIS students to engage effectively and meaningfully with learning experiences. Digital technology tools, when applied through inquiry based modes of curriculum delivery, facilitate in context and differentiated learning, providing TCIS students a sound preparation for life in an ever-increasing digital and globalized world.
Embedded in our use of technology in education is the undercurrent of Digital Citizenship. All teachers in every subject strive to teach students the skills to become good Digital Citizens in how they use technology and conduct themselves in an online environment.
This includes aspects such as: digital communication, digital literacy, digital etiquette, digital law, digital rights and responsibilities, digital health and wellness, and digital security.
Technology Use in Secondary School
TCIS is a 1:1 laptop school, using Apple’s MacBook Pro as our required hardware. Apple’s iLife and iWork suites are conducive to student creation, thus enabling students to show evidence of their learning.
Laptops also provide students fingertip access to the wealth of knowledge available on the World Wide Web, including the databases to which TCIS subscribes.
Students commonly work with (but not limited to):
- General Productivity tools
- Apple iLife
- Apple iWork
- Google Drive
- Web 2.0 technologies, which enable collaborative learning
- Google Apps for Education
- Subject-specific tools
- State-of-the-art music recording equipment and software
- Adobe Creative Cloud
- Computer programming software
- 3D printing
Technology Use in Elementary School
The TCIS Elementary School (ES) currently has the following hardware in place for students:
- Grade 5 use MacBook Airs, 1:1
- Grades 3 and 4 have iPads, 1:1
- Grade K1 - Grade 2 have a shared iPad cart
Students use iLife, iWorks, Google Drive, as well as many other technology applications, whether on the MacBooks or iPads. The focus is on student productivity and creativity, as well as using technology to drive inquiry.
The technology standards used by ES teachers are derived from the International Society for Technology in Education (ISTE) technology standards. This vertical articulation and adherence to standards ensures that students are prepared to enter a global and technologically connected world.