TISA ICT in the Primary School: Engage Empower Inspire
ICT in the PYP provides opportunities for the transformation of teaching and learning and enables students to investigate, create, communicate, collaborate, organize and be responsible for their own learning and actions.
-- The Role of ICT in the PYP
At TISA we recognise that technology should serve a vital role in preparing our students for life in an ever-changing, technology-dependent, inter-connected world. Information & Communication Technology (ICT) is integrated into everyday learning in meaningful ways, enhancing collaboration among students, helping teachers with delivering differentiated instruction and empowering students and teachers to learn and share in ways that were previously inconceivable. Learning through ICT at TISA facilitates the development of communication, social awareness and research skills, as well as being a tool for the presentation of learning. Our digital citizenship curriculum ensures that all students learn about online safety and responsible use in an age appropriate manner.
Digital citizenship is a core part of TISA educational technology, and our TISA Digital Citizenship Agreement aligns with the IB Learner Profile. Digital Citizenship is developed and delivered through integrated learning units in both Primary and Secondary. Through our commitment to Digital Citizenship, our students learn to, as C.S. Lewis puts it, “do the right thing when no one is watching” with technology both in and out of school.
Primary students in P3 - P8 use 1 to 1 iPads at school, with 2 to 1 iPad access in N - P2. iPads are available for all Primary students during Distance Learning. Toddle is the core Primary learning management and online classroom tool, with Google Workspace also providing another rich digital toolset. iPad apps are carefully and mindfully selected and managed for each grade level with the assistance of our Primary Educational Technology Coordinator and IT staff.
A Vision for Technology Use at TISA
At TISA, we engage students in technology-enhanced, high quality learning experiences using current, relevant technologies, led by skilled educators using effective pedagogy. Educational technology empowers students with “the skills and knowledge they need to thrive, grow and contribute in a global, interconnected and constantly changing society” (The ISTE Standards, 2021). Our inspired students demonstrate high levels of educational technology knowledge and skills in a wide variety of learning processes, projects and products.
Privacy and Data Protection
Note: Network security, content filtering, and digital monitoring of TISA users’ devices and digital activities are conducted within prescribed parameters to ensure “a safe, secure, and inclusive environment” (2.1 Strategic Objective), compliant with international and local data protection and privacy laws. Digital monitoring and device searches are conducted in alignment with the TISA Parent-Student Handbook 2021-22, keeping student data security and privacy as a central consideration. This applies to all TISA-assigned devices, and personal devices on campus.