Educational Technology

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Today's world has been transformed by information technologies. Learning to use technology is only one facet of a student's education. More importantly, information literacy - the ability to use the information that new technologies make available- is a critical learning experience. Students must acquire the skills and knowledge necessary to access, evaluate, use and communicate information efficiently and effectively.

Technology in the Classroom

In the Early Childhood to Grade 2 classes, shared iPads are provided for student use under the guidance of the classroom teachers. In grade 3, this is expanded to a 1:1 iPad program. In grades 4-12, students are responsible to provide a recent model Apple laptop for dedicated use at school on a daily basis.

We support learning and home-school communication through a variety of information systems such as Google Apps, PowerSchool and Moodle. Students are issued passwords that allow them access to a number of online resources. All student information–including attendance, class content, grades and much more–is easily accessible to both parents and students and parents through PowerSchool.

SSIS strongly promotes ethical and moral values among its students. All students, faculty and staff must abide by the SSIS Information and Communication Technologies (ICT) Responsible Use Policy


Information and Communication Technologies (ICT) Mission Statement

To support the SSIS mission statement, we will capitalize on the power of technology to expand learning opportunities, to increase student achievement, and to increase efficiency and productivity. This will be achieved by advancing communication throughout the learning community, improving the teachers' ability to utilize technology tools to deliver instruction effectively, and managing electronic information efficiently.

Beliefs

Current educational research confirms our beliefs that:

  • integrated technology contributes significantly to student learning.
  • technology enhances student educational experiences by supporting the curriculum, providing the tools for future success, and by providing opportunities for communication to broaden awareness of our global society.
  • appropriate technology can be used by teachers to support learning experiences, provide alternative assessment, communicate with families, and manage classroom record keeping.
  • teachers play a large role in integrating appropriate technology.
  • teachers and students need access to current technology and professional/personal development opportunities.
  • it is imperative that students realize that respect, tolerance, and honesty must also be applied in their use of technology.

Defining our Mission and Beliefs

Information Communication Technology (ICT; see Appendix 1) has become an important part of most areas of daily life, including life at school. Over the last few years, however, there has been a significant and fundamental shift in the role of ICT, affecting all members of our school community: it has evolved from a simple productivity tool (exemplified by word processors and spreadsheets) to being a method of accessing and sharing information, often involving dynamic interaction with other users (for example by blogs, wikis and social networks — often collectively referred to as 'Web 2.0').

Technology is fundamentally changing the way people work and live. Because of the advances in technology, the learning needs of students have changed in what they learn and, more importantly, how they learn. In this age of information, the ability to gather, create and distribute thoughts and ideas through electronic communication is vital. Therefore, it is imperative that SSIS students and graduates are proficient in the efficient and ethical use of technology.

Technology is a powerful tool when used by teachers to maximize the learning of students. It is necessary to integrate the use of technology alongside other effective learning tools and strategies to teach students the knowledge and skills they need to be responsible and contributing members of society. To be successful, we must infuse them into the curriculum, not to make up an additional course, but rather to be integrated within the traditional curriculum to create authentic learning opportunities.

The use of technology in education is most effective when:

  • the instructional environment motivates students to engage in active learning and inquiry.
  • access to technology is readily and equitably available to achieve learner outcomes.
  • learning needs of the students govern adoption and implementation.
  • curriculum is integrated with technology activities and instructional strategies.
  • implementation increases productivity and communication efficiency.
  • learning boundaries are extended beyond the physical classroom.
  • technology use is supported by ongoing professional development and technical assistance.

By articulating this vision, SSIS directs its efforts toward creating a learning environment where teachers are partners with their students in learning endeavors, and students are taught not only technological skills, but also the critical thinking, communication skills, and ethical use of technology required in the current world.


ICT Mission

The technology mission of SSIS is to integrate technology into all aspects of the school to facilitate student learning and provide instructional support to:

  • Produce life-long learners
  • Enhance communication
  • Promote critical thinking and problem-solving
  • Promote flexibility and collaboration
  • Instill ethical and responsible behavior

At SSIS, technology is integrated into classrooms and into students’ everyday educational experiences.

SSIS strongly believes that the combination of appropriate infrastructure, comprehensive training and good instructional design enhances student learning and achievement. Ongoing curriculum updates and improvements combined with technology training for students makes sure that students keep pace with the rapid evolution of technology.

Students and teachers use computers extensively for doing research and presenting information, for lab experiments, for communication and for other instructional purposes. At SSIS we want our students to be efficient and knowledgeable users of all forms of technology including computers, graphing calculators, data loggers, and web 2.0 functions.

SSIS strongly promotes ethical and moral values among its students. All students, faculty and staff must abide by the SSIS Information and Communication Technologies (ICT) Responsible Use Policy

Human resources include:

  • ICT Director
  • Instructional Coach for Technology at each division
  • ICT Systems Administrator
  • Database Administrator
  • Full Stack Engineer
  • On-site ICT Specialists - dedicated to maintaining the hardware and software infrastructure