Tech @ MYP
At the Dresden International School, we believe that our students need to be taught from an early age to the use of modern technologies. It is important for us that students learn the responsible use of equipment, software and the Internet to learn.Starting with Grade 6 to Grade 12 we are running the Bring Your Own Initiative. We believe that this the best preparation of our students for the 21st century.
BYOD – Bring Your Own Device
Bring your own device, simply put, is when students bring their own laptops to lessons as a part of their regular school supplies. These devices are then available to the students for balanced, meaningful use in their subject classes. Teachers have the ability to plan richer lessons for students knowing that these resources are there to use.
When students bring their own devices, it does not mean that they will use the device the whole time they are at school. Teachers will continue to provide a variety of learning activities for students. Only part of these activities will include use of the students’ laptops. Students need a variety of resources in order to learn important concepts and skills. Learning via interaction with computers is just one of many ways.
We have a responsibility to prepare our students for the realities of the university and professional worlds into which they will move after graduating from the Dresden International School. Information and technology literacy is as essential as reading literacy and numeracy, and will support creativity and inquiry-based learning, which are cornerstones of our educational philosophy. As you are likely aware, technology is already infused in our curriculum across the school, but we are limited by the computing access that we have in the school. A bring your own device initiative would provide teachers and students with the access that they need to prepare best for this future.
Why is the inclusion of technology important in schools? Beyond the simple reality that technology has, and will continue, to change and drive the way all things get done, significant research demonstrates that meaningful use of technology in the classroom has the following beneficial results for students:
- The development of 21st century learning skills, including experience consuming and producing multimodal content which will be mandatory for success in university study and workplaces of the future;
- Increased student engagement;
- Flexibility for teachers in addressing different learning styles, including interventions for
- students with special educational needs and English language learners, and supplementation for those who benefit from additional challenge;
- Provision of a greater range and variety of assessment strategies for teachers;
- Improved confidence with using and managing technology (especially for girls);
- Promotion of inquiry and critical thinking skills.