Learning through Technology
At OIS, we believe that technology not only fosters creativity and innovation but also leads to deeper and more meaningful learning. We engage technology as a fundamental part of the learning process and ensure every student on campus has access to at least one personal Apple device. Elementary and middle school students have iPads and access to the computer lab. High school students have iPads and Macbooks.
Teachers are also equipped with Apple devices, and every classroom is equipped with an Apple TV that allows teachers to display instructional materials and student work. Additionally, every classroom teacher is an Apple Teacher and a Google Certified Educator. With these tools and training, teachers are better able to support student learning and to help students take ownership of their learning.
Technology Induction Program
All students at OIS are required to complete the Technology Induction Program that will guide them through resources that teach appropriate technology use and behavior. The program also includes training from Common Sense Media that helps students learn about digital citizenship as well as provides resources for parents. Common Sense Media's curriculum includes the following topics: Internet Safety, Privacy and Security, Relationships and Communication, Cyberbullying and Digital Drama, Digital Footprints and Reputation, Self Image and Identity, Information Literacy, and Creative Credit and Copyright. In addition, OIS integrates coding into the classroom experience.
ISTE Standards for Students
To assist with the integration of learning and technology, OIS uses the ISTE Standards for Students across the curriculum. These standards from the International Society for Technology in Education, an organization that is dedicated to empowering connected learners in a connected world, prepare students to be successful in our ever-changing world. Below, you will find more information about each of the standards.
Technology at OIS
Our teachers actively seek opportunities to engage our students with the world to share their learning and sharpen their knowledge. By creating an environment for students to share their learning with a global audience, teachers help students to develop skills needed to thrive beyond the classroom.
Whether video conferencing with experts in the science field, publishing a digital novel, or creating an iPad app, our classroom truly is the world!