Information and Communication Technology (ICT)
IST aspires to provide access to integrated technology opportunities in an ICT-rich environment to members of our learning community in order to promote and enhance student life-long learning through inquiry and instruction. Through ICT integration, our students will develop 21st century skills in literacy, critical thinking, global communication, collaboration and ethical responsibility.
ICT Guiding Principles
- Appropriate ICT use is an essential component of optimal learning environments.
- ICT creates new teaching and learning opportunities that improve student learning and 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's approach to preparing our students with 21st century technology skills is to integrate and make effective use of information and communication technologies (ICT) across all subjects. To that end, you will not find, for example, IST students learning how to use software in isolation of a Unit of Inquiry or a course in biology.
What you will find is, for example, Grade 2 students creating a stop-motion animation to illustrate the digestive system while they were studying a Unit of Inquiry regarding nutrition. Also, you will find middle school students using spreadsheets to tabulate and analyze environmental data collected during a lesson on ecology.
Our goal is to prepare our students with technological skills in a manner that is authentic, current and relevant to learning.
The ICT Coordinator on the Elementary Campus maintains a blog which you read here >>.