Our purpose is to develop students into collaborative, creative, curious, autonomous adults who think critically and are responsible, safe, and successful in an evolving world.
We believe that technology has the potential to amplify our physical and mental ability thereby empowering us to do more and do it better.
Specifically, we envision that technology will be explicitly planned for and leveraged across all disciplines to…
|… provide students with greater agency and autonomy…
… by enabling access to an understanding of information on the Internet.
… by allowing choice over when, where and how learning happens.
… by encouraging them to learn through their own interests and passions.
… by guiding and supporting them as digital citizens.
|… provide students with more opportunities for mastery of concepts…
… by providing and facilitating feedback that moves learning forward.
… by allowing for effective and intuitive ways to visualise abstract concepts and model complex systems.
… by facilitating collaboration with other learners and experts in- and outside of our own learning community.
… by equipping them with skills and ways of thinking to work efficiently with modern tools.
|… provide a greater purpose for learning…
… by engaging students with provocative, authentic learning tasks.
… by providing access to wide and authentic audiences for their work.
… by allowing students to create high-quality digital and physical artefacts.
… by supporting and encouraging a social entrepreneurial, a mindset of solving problems within real-world contexts.
To realise this vision, the Senior School at ISD employs a 1:1 BYOD laptop programme. Students in grades 6-8 use MacBooks, whereas, 9-12 have the option to bring the computer of their choice.
Students have access to a wide array of technology tools to maximise their learning, creatively express themselves, and prepare for success after ISD. In addition to utilising the applications found in the Apple Suite (iMovie, GarageBand) to foster creativity, ISD is a Google Apps for Education (GMail, Calendar, Classroom, Drive, etc) to facilitate productivity. Students have access to industry standard applications from Adobe Creative Cloud (Photoshop, Illustrator, InDesign), Autodesk (Fusion 360, Maya, Sketchbook) and internationally recognised data collection tools from Vernier and Pasco.
Bringing the vision, technology and curriculum together is where ISD excels. Teachers and students work with world-class technology integrationists to curate a broad spectrum of the most up to date and effective tools for each learning opportunity. Additionally, our integrationists work with parents on issues surrounding screen-time, teachers and students on digital citizenry, and drive the discussion of technology’s role in society across the community.