CIS is beginning its 7th school year of learning with iPads. Only this year, did we realize that we didn’t have a technology vision. We have been evolving constantly- moving from DropBox to Google Drive to iTunes U. We have been tethered to our projector and then India got Apple TVs. We were assured that certain online service would come onto iPads sooner than they did. We have had 2 years of MAP testing on iPads. We are beginning our 4th year of all grade 6-12 teachers building iTunes U courses for all subjects. iTunes U replaces our plan books and unit plans.
We even got rid of all the Windows desktops from all teachers’ classrooms and replaced them with Mac Minis. We kept learning and kept adapting. We created an iPad User Agreement. We host iPad Bootcamps. We studied the SAMR model, then TPACK, and then the decided to concentrate on “The 4Cs”.
This year we begin with a re-boot. We are going to make sure that all the students that have jumped on the CIS iPad train are ready to create efficiently, to annotate work appropriately, to enhance the teaching and learning experience, and most of all, to be excited by the easy use of the iPad in helping our students learn. We have decided that the best way to do this is to differentiate our Technology Workshops to allow experienced iPad users to develop ideas differently than those who have used them for teaching for a shorter period of time.
CIS’s Technology Vision
Canadian International School strives to prepare students to act with INTEGRITY, CARE, and RESPECT in an increasingly digital world. Our students will be able to use technology to INSPIRE others and to create a JOY of learning and sharing with our community.
Our technology vision support CIS’s vision and mission. It incorporates our core values of Joy, (Joy of connecting with our school, our community and the world around us) and Inspiration (Inspiring to be the change), Integrity (Integrity in academics, relationships, and in decision making), Caring (Act with empathy and kindness towards each other and the changing World around us), and Respect (Respect for individuality, community, diversity, and for our environment).
Our Digital Citizenship Vision
Canadian International School strives to prepare students for an ever-changing global community by developing lifelong skills including digital citizenship. At CIS we encourage our students from K-12 to safely, ethically and consciously explore, create and communicate in a 1:1 environment so that every student at CIS will become good decision makers and consider their digital footprint from a personal and community perspective. As knowledgeable and responsible digital citizens our students will be able to harness the learning potential of an increasingly connected world and lead happy and successful lives.
Many CIS teachers are Common Sense Media Educators and PK-12 students do experience the complete curriculum throughout their learning experience at CIS.
These vision statements drive decision making at CIS.
We are lucky. Our students are lucky.
Please check out this video created last year during Contextual Learning on Technology Day.
I can’t wait to see the students back at Day 1 on Friday.