Information and Communication Technology (ICT)
IST has perhaps the best ICT infrastructure and support available anywhere in East Africa as evidenced by our
- students' learning experience,
- professional staff,
- devices and
We use ISTE NETS standards for technology integration in the classroom.
Our Elementary Campus follows an integrated model incorporating the PYP skills of inquiry and NETS standards for students for implementing technology. The Secondary Campus follows the MYP Technology mode.
What this means is, for example, Grade 2 students can create a stop-motion animation to illustrate the digestive system while studying a Unit of Inquiry regarding nutrition. Also, it means our middle school students use software 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.
On the Elementary Campus, two technology integration coaches support our teachers in implementing technology in the classroom. On the Secondary Campus, there are three technology teachers and support is available for integration in other classes. Both campuses are futher backed up by teams of experienced technicians to maintain equipment and help resolve technical issues.
All teachers are provided with Mac Book Pros for their professional use.
Our network is quite possibly the most robust in East Africa. We have a wired 10 GB optical backbone and an equally strong wireless backbone as well, together supporting any device brought on campus. We have a Cisco network, providing seamless access for users across our two campuses.
Hardware and devices
The school has ICT labs on both campuses, as well as several laptop carts available for student use.
On our Elementary Campus, our ratio of computers to students is 3.0:1. We also have 29 SMART Boards, so that each Elementary classroom is equipped with this interactive tool for teaching and learning.
On our Secondary Campus, our ratio of computers to students is 2.4:1. In addition, many students bring their own devices to school, supported by our team of technicians. The purpose of encouraging students to bring their own laptop, termed BYOL (Bring Your Own Laptop), is to empower our students with 21st century skills using the devices of their choice. Learn more about IST's BYOL initiative here >>.
In addition to the hardware already mentioned above, we also have digital cameras (still and video), voice recorders and projectors, as well as other devices.
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.
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.