Technology at NIST
We strongly believe that technology represents one of the most powerful tools available to us in supporting student learning. Like most other international schools in Bangkok and worldwide, our community uses several key platforms to centralize not only instruction and assessment, but also attendance, communications, planning and much more. Prior to your arrival you will gain access to courses hosted on our online training platform, as well as several guides. You can also read through this page and watch the videos to become familiar our technology platforms.
As a new member of the NIST community, you will likely arrive having had experience in using technology in your classroom. Shortly after arriving in Bangkok, all new faculty receive a MacBook Air with all software and platforms already configured. You may also request an iPad and Apple Pencil to support teaching and learning. Our technology team will support you throughout the first few weeks to help you set up your devices and become proficient with any of our school systems that you may not have used in the past.
Our Key Technology Platforms
While teachers, staff and leadership utilize a broad range of systems for various purposes, three rank among the most commonly used. Depending on your position in the school, you will receive role-based training for the use of particular platforms
Our student information system, Veracross is a powerful database with multiple modules beyond just academics, including communication, giving and admissions. Many key tasks for both faculty and staff must be completed through this system, and its portal serves as the key online hub for all current NIST community members.
Used primarily within our elementary school, Seesaw is a familiar tool for many educators. This online app connects teachers, students and parents, showcasing the learning and thought process of each child. It also provides teachers with a tool to assess student progress, provide feedback and better differentiate instruction.
Google Suite is integrated across our school community to support a variety of functions. We rely on Gmail as our email client, and Google Apps—Docs, Slides, Calendar and more—to support teaching, learning and administrative tasks. Many of our secondary teachers also opt to use Google Sites to support classroom learning.
Google Suite Training
Before you begin your first day in the classroom, you will take part in an orientation that includes both online and in-person training. However, if you have not used Google Suite extensively in the past, you may also get a head start by completing Google’s online modules, which take the form of both guides and courses. This will help prepare you for using each app on a day-to-day basis. In particular, we recommend completing the training for Calendar, Chrome, Classroom, Drive and Mail.
Although it is not required, note that we highly encourage all NIST staff members to use Chrome as their web browser. Chrome allows you to sign in with your NIST account, sync your bookmarks, web history, and extensions across any device, and easily access the many Google apps we use. Familiarity with Chrome will make your transition to technology at NIST that much easier!
Devices & Internet in Bangkok
As a major tech hub and manufacturer in Southeast Asia, Thailand provides a wide range of choices for purchasing new devices and electronics. One of your tasks in the first few days of your arrival will likely be setting up an internet connection upon choosing a place to live. In many cases condos will have an existing agreement with a provider, making this a simple process. However, should you need assistance our logistics team can help arrange a plan.
You will also need to get a Thai SIM card, regardless of whether you intend to use an existing mobile or purchase a new one. Many guides are available online to explain the process for this, and you can also contact our IT team for assistance.
The NIST IT Department
Our IT team includes over a dozen members with expertise in personal devices, computer hardware and software, database and server management, academic systems and much more. Should you require any assistance prior to your arrival to Bangkok, or upon starting at NIST, please do not hesitate to reach out to them for help.
Beyond tech support, they can also provide guidance in using a range of devices to support student learning, and provide training resources to help you become more proficient with a range of technology.