Survey: How Connected to the World is Your School?

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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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3 Responses to Survey: How Connected to the World is Your School?

  1. Chinese Coastal City says:

    Our 3rd year school is on a sharp learning curve. Sister schools in other cities and other countries are fully web-based.
    Last year, each student was issued a tablet filled with wonderful learning apps, educational videos, and great teacher/class tools.
    Our internet could not support more than about a dozen simultaneous users, The Great Firewall blocked the best apps.
    This year, the tablets were wiped and loaded with scanned PDFs of the textbooks.
    It’s backwards, but more useful on a daily basis than last year.

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  2. Antipodia says:

    Interestingly, today during the closing kunch of the ACEL Conference in Melbourne, I actually met two teachers from Sunway IS who are now working at an Islamic school in Victoria.

    During the past 4 years away from Australian government schools, I have been amazed at the revolution in education through GAFE and interactive platforms. The gap between my international experiences and what is offered to students in quite ordinary schools in developed countries threatens be become ever larger.

    Perhaps the results of the survey will motivate some school owners to step up – some of them are too guided by their own educational experiences a generation ago.

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  3. Stranger Things says:

    Our Philippines International School has the worst internet imaginable. It’s akin to dial up in the 1990’s. The telco’s seem ill equipped to help or add any speed to the connection. 3rd world problems. This therefore means that w have 1000+ students fighting over what bandwidth we have and educational ideas like BYOD will never get off the ground.

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