Learning Technologies

Overview:

Personal devices connected to the internet have become ubiquitous in modern life. ISPS believes these tools should be harnessed to develop conceptual understanding, exploring knowledge across a range of disciplines, express ourselves confidently and creatively, and use critical and creative thinking skills to analyse and take responsible action on complex problems. We have adopted the ISTE Standards to guide the development of technology integration at ISPS Pre-K through Grade 12. Below are links to our instructional technology programs.

Part of our 2016-2020 Strategic Plan Goals focus on how we can best use technology for the betterment of our community.

ISPS Strategic Plan Goals:

Institutional Effectiveness: Build a 21st Century Workplace
Action Plan: Harness technology to increase administrative efficiency.

Educational Excellence: Provide a balanced learning experience that nurtures the unique potential of each student.
Action Plan: Support students, teachers and parents to confidently and effectively utilize information technology to build 21st Century attitudes and skills.

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Students:

At ISPS students use technology to nurture their curiosity and creativity, independently and collaboratively. Students use a wide range of purposefully chosen technology tools to connect as global citizens, to develop their understandings, and demonstrate their learning.

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Teachers:

Teachers at ISPS integrate technology into teaching and learning to create challenging learning experiences and prepare students to establish a career path or in pursuit of their higher education. Teachers provide students with the opportunity to build digital literacy skills that complement and reinforce critical thinking, reading, writing, math computations, creativity, and the numerous other instructional goals specific to each subject

At ISPS we encourage our teachers to participate in professional development offered at ISPS by our IT department and online via professional learning communities.

Students with laptops

Infrastructure:

ISPS provides a well developed technology environment for the entire community. Wireless connectivity is available throughout the campus protected by a robust filtering system. Each classroom has an interactive whiteboard, access to document cameras, student 1:1 devices in the elementary school (iPads PreK-Grade 2 and Chromebooks Grades 3-5) and Bring Your Own Device (BYOD) in Grades 6-12. Students in grades 3-12, along with all faculty and staff, utilize the Google Suite for Education suite to communicate and collaborate.

Elementary

The Elementary School is currently equipped with more than 200 devices (a combination of iPads and Chromebooks) and our students are learning a multitude of content and skills that will prepare them for success in Middle School, including the following:

  • email communication in Grades 3-5
  • word processing
  • using apps and the Internet to find information
  • arithmetic, spelling, and grammar practice
  • presentation creation and delivery
  • multimedia creation
  • digital citizenship

Currently students in grades pre-K-2 share class sets of iPads, while students in Grades 3-5 each have their own Chomebook. Students bring the classroom devices with them to their specialist classes (Music, Art, Spanish).

Each classroom is equipped with a desktop computer, an interactive whiteboard, a document camera, and projector with audio system. Each classroom has software that allows the students and teachers to share their screens wirelessly anywhere in the classroom. The software runs on the teachers computer and can then be projected to the entire class. Additionally, all elementary teachers are provided a laptop (funded by a Grant in 2016). All teachers collaborate with our Instructional Technology Coordinator and Manager of IT Integration to share ideas and design lessons that integrate technology in age-appropriate ways.

Middle

The Middle School technology program has adopted a compulsory Bring Your Own Device (BYOD) model. Middle School students continue to refine their communication, research, and basic computing skills and work towards mastery of the ISTE Standards. Many teachers have begun to adopt Google Classroom as a means to digitally provide class content and to collect student work. Students use their devices throughout the day to create presentations or other media, document their work, practice skills, and much more. We also promote the concept of digital citizenship, which includes topics such as privacy, cyberbullying, and digital footprints.

Each classroom is equipped with a desktop computer, an interactive whiteboard, a document camera, and projector with audio system. Each classroom has software that allows the students and teachers to share their screens wirelessly anywhere in the classroom. The software runs on the teacher's computer and can then be projected to the entire class.

Our teachers attend instructional technology workshops focusing on how they can use available tools to support the learning of all students. Teachers also collaborate with our Instructional Technology Coordinator and Manager of IT Integration, who are available for in-class assistance and one-on-one sessions.

High

The High School technology program has adopted a compulsory Bring Your Own Device (BYOD) model. Many teachers have begun to adopt Google Classroom as a means to digitally provide class content and to collect student work. Students use their devices throughout the day to create presentations or other media, document their work, practice skills, and much more. We also promote the concept of digital citizenship, which includes topics such as privacy, cyberbullying, and digital footprints.

Each classroom is equipped with a desktop computer, an interactive whiteboard, a document camera, and projector with audio system. Each classroom has software that allows the students and teachers to share their screens wirelessly anywhere in the classroom. The software runs on the teachers computer and can then be projected to the entire class.

Our teachers attend instructional technology workshops focusing on how they can use available tools to support the learning of all students. Teachers also collaborate with our Instructional Technology Coordinator and Manager of IT Integration, who are available for in-class assistance and one-on-one sessions.

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