There can be no denying that technology plays a major role in all aspects of today's world. At ISD Education Technology (EdTech) is not a stand-alone subject, but an integral part of the Elementary School curriculum; every EdTech project relates back to students' current classroom learning, and is designed not only to broaden their horizons but to offer opportunities to learn in different ways. Our dedicated EdTech team opens the door for students to explore and experience technology in an educational, safe, and secure way.
From Prep through to grade 5, each student receives an iPad for the school year to record his or her learning. As they progress through the Elementary School, students are exposed to a variety of learning experiences via the many different programmes and apps provided, developing important research and presentation skills along the way.
An important aspect of helping students understand technology is exposing them to coding/programming from an early age. In the ISD Elementary School that starts in Prep and grade 1 where students learn the basics of block coding, using TTS 'Blue Bot' robots.
In grades 2 and 3, students expand their coding knowledge with programmes such as Turtle Art and Lego WeDo 2.0; they learn about motors, sensors, and building things that actually move! A lot of time is also spent on debugging, which develops resilience and encourages children not to give up.
In grades 4 and 5, students take it up a level with TTS Pro Bots, learning about angles and measurements in parallel with their maths programme. This is also when they begin to experiment with our 3D printers, learning about patterns and sustainability. At the same time, we use MakeyMakeys to understand electricity, and Spheros to practice the coding language.
In each instance, we encourage teamwork and provide opportunities for students to learn in the way that best suits them. Our focus is not so much on the end product, but rather on the ways in which each student is able to work towards their end goal.