Empowering students to become lifelong learners and providing them with the skills to face future challenges resourcefully and creatively is critical. It’s not about using digital tools to support outdated education strategies and models; it’s about tapping into technology’s potential to amplify human capacity for collaboration, creativity and communication. It’s about leveling the playing field and providing young people with equitable access to powerful learning opportunities.
At I-Shou, we have adopted The ISTE Standards for Students which are designed to empower student voice and ensure that learning is a student-driven process.
At I-Shou, the inquiry approach to learning involves students being actively involved in a range of experiences. This constructivist process enables student to use and develop a range of creative thinking and problem solving skills. Working with our students in this way enables students to be creative, innovative, independent, and technologically literate.
Maker education happens best when learners construct their understanding through a process of constructing things to share with others. We provide a classroom environment that supports exploration, creativity, innovation and collaboration. Hands-on materials and real-world problems underpin the learning activities.
Through an active use of a range of makerspaces, our students develop determination, independence and creative problem solving, and an authentic preparation for the real world through simulating challenges.
Mobile computing devices have led to much better integration of technology into learning. Students no longer need to move out to a 'special' location to access a computer or the internet; instead they can take the device to wherever it is needed so that it can be used alongside other resources, both inside and outside the classroom.
As a 1:1 (one student to one device) environment, I-Shou provides a state of the art wireless network for student and staff devices to connect to anywhere on campus.
Students in grade 4 and up are required to bring a notebook to school for use in class and to access resources from our Learning Management System, Managebac.
As a 21st century skills school, technology in the classroom plays a vital role in the education of our students. As such, our educators require ongoing professional development and support to ensure they continue to be good technology integrators.
I-Shou employs three full time qualified teachers as technology coaches. Each technology coach works with teachers to refine ideas, share technology tools and support technology integration in the classroom.
Students today always have technology in their hands, both inside and outside of the classroom. Technology empowers students but also opens a new form of social interaction online. Students cultivate a digital identity and online reputation which is just as important as their personal identity and reputation.
At I-Shou, we utilise the ISTE Standards for Students to help guide our teaching and practice when dealing with matters relating to Digital Citizenship.
Cultivate and manage their digital identity and reputation and are aware of the permanence of their actions in the digital world.
Engage in positive, safe, legal and ethical behavior when using technology, including social interactions online or when using networked devices.
Demonstrate an understanding of and respect for the rights and obligations of using and sharing intellectual property.
Manage their personal data to maintain digital privacy and security and are aware of data-collection technology used to track their navigation online.