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 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.
Technology Use in Secondary School
TCIS is a 1:1 laptop school, using Apple’s MacBook Pro as required hardware. The Adobe suite of software is 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 internet, including the databases to which TCIS subscribes. Technology is a balanced part of all subject instruction
Technology Use in Elementary School
The TCIS Elementary School (ES) currently has the following hardware in place for student use:
- 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 are guided through a balanced and appropriate variety of technology applications. 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.