Technology & Learning

Young people coming of age in this century live in a world that is dramatically more complex than it was not that long ago. In a remarkably short period of time, the world and its people, economies, and cultures have become inextricably connected - driven largely by the Internet and tech innovations in mobile devices and low-cost telecommunications.

This global interdependence has profound implications for all aspects of society - from how we think and work... to how we play and learn. "9 to 5" has been replaced by "24/7", as technology keeps us always connected with friends, family, workforces, markets and economies that extend across every time zone. And information has become a commodity, with its availability and accessibility impacting teaching, learning and classrooms across the globe.

Literacy in today's world has taken on multiple meanings. We now talk about language literacies, numerical literacy, info literacy, cultural literacy, digital literacy, and others. Alongside these, a whole new set of required competencies has emerged, commonly termed "21st century learning".

At ISH, we believe that technology has an important and powerful role in supporting learning in all of these areas and across all subjects, and that we are ALL Learners. To this end, we envision a learning environment at ISH...

  • where students are highly engaged, motivated, and taking ownership for their learning;
  • which promotes differentiation and caters to multiple intelligences and diverse learning styles;
  • which is flexible, unbound by the walls of the classroom and restrictions of the timetable;
  • which allows for authentic connections to the "real world" and to learners and experts in other places in addition to those right here;
  • which supports inter-disciplinary projects, meaningful collaboration, innovation, creative thinking and problem solving;
  • where all of us are partners in Learning – students, parents and teachers learning from each other.

Technology at ISH

We believe that a technology-enabled learning environment can:

  • Provide unprecedented access to the vast and rich resources available online and in digital format;
  • Provide unprecedented access to software and Web 2.0 tools that can transform teaching and learning;
  • Promote higher-level thinking;
  • Allow for the acquisition of important ‘tech life skills’, such as managing and maintaining a connected device, and how to be good digital citizens;
  • Foster the integration or inclusion of 21st century skills within content area curricula;
  • Create conditions for greater student engagement – research indicates that students in laptop programs are more reflective and active in their learning;
  • Make learning more authentic and relevant to students by providing real-world tools and connections to the world they know outside of school;
  • Help to shift from teacher-centered to student-centered learning;
  • Foster differentiation of instruction within classrooms;
  • Enhance communication and feedback amongst teachers and students;
  • Create greater collaboration and foster a “community of learners”, comprised of students, teachers, parents and others outside the traditional school community;
  • Provide a ‘standard digital learning toolkit’ at home and school, available whenever required;
  • Mirror student's current online lives and help to prepare them for the future;
  • Assist with environmental concerns, such as reducing paper waste;
  • Create a fun environment in which to explore, learn, and work together.