Digitally Enhanced Learning
Information and communication technology is an integral part of teaching and learning. According to the World Economic Forum there are “eight critical characteristics in learning content and experiences have been identified to define high-quality learning in the Fourth Industrial Revolution”.
Nearly all these characteristics require students to be technologically literate.
Therefore, as a school we are committed to ensure we equip our students with the skills to be technologically literate but we also focus on nurturing and educating students to responsibly use technology – this is part of our digital citizenship programme.
Why technology ?
Almost all learning materials can be accessed online both within the school premises or elsewhere. As well, a broad range of resources are available online to support students including Encyclopedia Britannica, Turnitin etc.
Supports the development of the student
Technology assists students in acquiring some of the key skills mentioned in the World Economic Forum article. Technology supports students to collaborate through our Google platform to work together on projects mirroring the requirements of the future workforce.
Our school portfolios, evidence of our students’ learning journey, are also online. This means our students and their families can access their portfolio 24/7. In secondary school we use the ManageBac platform for our portfolio and in the PYP we use the SeeSaw platform for our portfolio..
From Grade 1 to Grade 12 we encourage our students to bring their own device. Familiarity with their own device alleviates issues of access and ensures that our students are able use their device whenever it is needed.
Creates a More Engaged Environment
Rather just reading about an idea, with technology learning can come to life through simulations that suddenly open a plethora of possibilities. At SVP we use technology to enhance learning. All our data projectors have the capacity to share the screen from teachers and student devices.
Incorporates Different Learning Styles
Another critical aspect of education is to “move from a system where learning is standardized, to one based on the diverse individual needs of each learner, and flexible enough to enable each learner to progress at their own pace.” (WE Forum) Technology allows our teachers to provide individualized instruction when needed and to meet online after school to provide individualized instruction.
Our school incorporates the Google platform. The various tools within the platform support teacher and teacher, and student and student collaboration. At SVP we also collaborate online with other teachers and students around the world through our Sister School partnerships.
Prepares Children for the Future
Another of the critical factors for the future of education is enhancing our students in developing digital skills, including programming, digital responsibility and the use of technology. We provide Extra Curricular activities to support this throughout the PYP and in the middle school and high school computer studies is a subject that equips students with skills required for the future.