Learning at SWIS > Design and Technology
Design & TechnologyTechnology will never replace great teachers, but technology in the hands of a great teacher can be transformational. - George Couros
At SWIS, ICT encompasses the use of a wide range of digital tools, media and learning environments for teaching, learning and assessing. ICT provides opportunities for the transformation of teaching and learning and enables students to make connections and reach a deeper understanding of its relevance and applicability to their everyday lives.
Through the use of ICT, learners develop and apply strategies for critical and creative thinking, engage in inquiry, make connections and apply new understandings and skills in different contexts.
Technology in the Classroom
SWIS holds a rich history of utilizing technology in stimulating and inspired ways to meet the needs and expectations of today's students. We offer exceptional access to Apple computers and mobile devices for students, staff and administrators.
As schools of the 21st century turn to technology as a tool to engage with the curriculum, much more consideration has been given to the question of how we get technical devices into students’ hands. SWIS has researched and implemented a number of models to use technology in the school.
In the Early Years classes, children have access to shared iPads and desktop computers, under the support and guidance of teachers and ICT Integration Coaches. This extends into a 1-1 programme in Grade 3 and Grade 4, with students using Lenovo devices to supplement teacher instruction. In Year 5, all children are issued MacBook Air laptops.
Beginning in the MYP from Grade 6, SWIS has successfully implemented a BYOD policy with all children using Apple Devices. BYOD stands for Bring Your Own Device. It is the idea that students bring their own technical device to school. This popular concept started in the workplace, but is now used in schools around the world.