Not too long ago technology was considered an accessory to existing communication, teaching methods and procedures. Today, thanks to a slew of advancements, technology has transitioned into the core around which curriculum and extensive learning programs are built. With this in mind, and to help you make your best-informed decision about schools you’re considering for a career move, ISR is working to integrate a technology rating into our popular International School Evaluation rubric. Look for it soon! Our thanks to the ISR member who sent us this suggestion.
If you’ve been on the International School circuit for any length of time, you’re aware that “technology” for some schools means having a barely functioning internet with a couple of “connected” computers in the faculty room. Such a school may or may not be for you. At the opposite end of the spectrum, more and more international schools have gone far beyond the bare-bones basics and employ systems that support advanced features. One such feature is Cloud Computing. With access to the Cloud, worldwide collaboration, file storage, virtualization and hundreds of applications become available to teachers and students — an entire universe becomes available. The International School of Manila, for example, has transitioned to a Cloud-based system with more than 3,000 students and faculty using/storing data in Google Apps. At Sunway International School in Malaysia, students can access education applications through the school’s Cloud network that supports more than 12,000 users. The focus in education today has shifted to how we learn and less on what we learn.
As teachers, we are expected to be proficient with technology-based approaches to education. Content delivery, learner support/assessment, collaboration with other teachers, digital strategies to work with students and the need to comply with admin-requested documentation/reporting requirements have become routine expectations. The world has significantly changed in a short span of time. If you are technology-adept, these are welcome changes; not so much if you’re technologically “impaired.”
In an effort to help each other identify the technology level of various schools around the world we invite you to scroll down and ask about specific schools and/or to tell us about the current status of technology at your school.
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