Never before in history has innovation offered promise of so much to so many in so short a time.
– Bill Gates
In their efforts to include technology in their curricula, schools have traditionally built computer labs that remain separate from other learning that occurs on a daily basis. At NIST we believe that technology should be woven into all learning. From the early years to high school, students use a wide range of devices and media to create, collaborate and communicate.
Technology in the Classroom
In the early years classes, shared iPads are provided for student use under the guidance of the teachers, building a foundation in collaboration and sharing. This extends into a 1-to-1 iPad programme in Year 1 to Year 6, and students use these devices throughout the day to supplement teacher instruction. Beginning in Year 7, all students are issued MacBook Air laptops.
Students are issued passwords that allow them access to an immense number of online resources, ranging from EBSCOHost, the premiere online research database, to Naviance, a career and college counselling program. All student information–including attendance, class content, grades and much more–is easily accessible to both parents and students through Veracross.
To encourage students to creatively use the tools and resources we offer, other opportunities are provided through extra-curricular activities and learning spaces. Both our elementary and secondary students produce their own news programmes using our green screen room, others explore robotics through ClickRobot, and all young learners can experiment in our Makerspace.