Information and Communication Technology (ICT)
ICT has the power to transform how people learn. As Daniel Pink writes in “A Whole New Mind: Moving From the Information Age to the Conceptual Age”, there is an emerging world where critical thinking, problem solving, and a deep level of information fluency is increasingly more important than content recall by itself. IST has understood this and we use ICT as a catalyst to enhance teaching and learning in the classrooms.
IST's ICT department aspires to provide IST’s learning community with access to integrated technology opportunities to promote and enhance student life-long learning through inquiry and instruction to develop 21st Century literacy skills, critical thinking, global communication, collaboration and ethical responsibility.
Our ICT Department implements research based best practices to educate and empower the IST learning community of educators, staff, students and parents with ICT skills that will promote IST's mission by challenging and inspiring them to fullfill their potential and by supporting their commitment to improve the world. The ICT department also promotes life-long learning by providing an ICT rich environment to support curriculum and help our students' curiosity and creativity in addressing authentic problems, local and global, both now and in the future.
IST's ICT Guiding Principles
Appropriate ICT use is an essential component of optimal learning environments.
- ICT creates new teaching and learning opportunities that improve student understanding.
- ICT encourages fundamentally different forms of interaction between students, teachers, and the community. It contributes to a learner-centered, collaborative, engaging learning environment.
- ICT provides the means for students to explain, interpret and apply their knowledge.
- ICT provides students with an opportunity to work with the design cycle: Investigate, Plan, Create, and Evaluate
- ICT allows teachers to meet the diverse learning needs of students by adapting to individual goals and learning styles
IST follows an integrated model where ICT is integrated into the daily teaching and learning across the subject areas. Students use technology tools to investigate, plan, create and evaluate information in order to construct meaning and in turn, knowledge and understanding. They also use technology to access and communicate information and to collaborate with peers.
IST follows ISTE NETS standards for Technology and are used in consonance with PYP, MYP & DP goals and outcomes.
IST’s ICT team is headed by an ICT Director and consists of curricular and technology support teams. The Elementary Campus has two technology integration coaches who work with teachers and students in supporting the use of ICT in teaching and learning. The Secondary Campus has a technology integration coach and three technology teachers.
Each campus has a team of technicians to provide technical support and efficiently run the school network and manage the devices.
IST has one of the best three layer Cisco networks in East Africa. It has an optical fiber backbone and a wireless backbone to provide seamless connection across campuses. Users can connect their devices to the IST network through cables as well as wireless.
Hardware and Devices
All professional staff are provided with a desktop or a laptop to carry out their work. All teachers are provided with a Macbook. IST has ICT labs on both campuses and several laptop carts for student use.
Currently, the student-computer ratio is 1.4 - 1 on the Secondary Campus and is 1.5 - 1 on the Elementary Campus. IST is moving towards a 1:1 ratio and is implementing initiatives on both campuses. IST will become a 1:1 school by 2017-18. In 2015-16, a Bring Your Own Laptop (BYOL) initiative is being implemented in Grade 9 and a 1:1 Chromebook initiative is being implemented at Grade 5. An iPad pilot initiative is also being implemented at the Elementary Campus.
Smart boards and projectors are installed in classrooms and other devices like cameras, voice recorders etc., are available for classroom use.
Our primary platform for teaching and learning is Apple/Macintosh, though Windows is also supported throughout the school. WordPress blogs are used widely on the Elementary Campus as a tool for communicating general activities taking place in the classroom. Moodle is used as the main virtual learning platform on the Secondary Campus.
IST is a Google Apps school using Gmail, Google Docs and other apps extensively across campus for educational and other purposes.