Laptops, tablets, smartphones, the Internet and other technologies have become staples of modern life. At TASIS, we believe that these tools have the power to support knowledge acquisition, enable creative expression, and foster lifelong learning. We also recognize the need to teach students to be responsible, informationally-literate digital citizens and have adopted the ISTE Standards to guide the development of our technology program from Kindergarten through Postgraduate. Below you will find an overview of the instructional technology programs in place at each division.
All divisions enjoy wireless Internet access across the campus, protected by a robust filtering system. Student assignments, School calendars, and family directories can be accessed through our student information system, Veracross. Students in grades 3-PG, along with all faculty and staff, utilize the Google Apps for Education suite to communicate and collaborate.
In order to support our youngest learners in their classrooms and meet diverse learning and language needs, the Elementary School started moving to a mobile model of technology integration in 2012. Currently equipped with more than 160 iPads, our students are learning a multitude of content and skills that will prepare them for success in Middle School, including the following:
- email communication in Grades 3-5
- using translators and dictionaries to empower EAL students
- word processing
- using apps and the Internet to find information
- arithmetic, spelling, and grammar practice
- presentation creation and delivery
- multimedia creation
- digital citizenship
Currently students in grades K-2 share class sets of iPads, while students in Grades 3-5 each have their own iPads.
Each classroom is equipped with an iMac, document camera, Apple TV, and projector with audio system. Additionally, all homeroom teachers are provided an iPad. All teachers work together to share ideas and design lessons that integrate technology in age-appropriate ways. They also collaborate with our Pre-K-8 Instructional Technology Coordinator in one-on-one sessions and team meetings.
The Middle School technology program currently uses a compulsory Bring-Your-Own-iPad model. Middle School students continue to refine their communication, research, and basic computing skills and work towards mastery of the ISTE Standards. They use their devices throughout the day to create presentations or other media, document their work in science, practice skills in language or math, post their writing for feedback, and much more. We also promote the concept of digital citizenship, which includes topics such as privacy, cyberbullying, and digital footprints.
Each classroom is equipped with an iMac, a document camera, an Apple TV, and a projector with an audio system. All teachers have an iPad. Our teachers attend instructional technology workshops focusing on how they can use available tools to support the learning of all students. Teachers also collaborate with our Pre-K–8 Instructional Technology Coordinator, who is available for in-class assistance and one-on-one sessions.
As students in the High School move closer to life outside of TASIS, they must be prepared to meet the demands of a technology-rich and information-abundant world. TASIS provides technology-based opportunities to support these learners in developing a number of skills:
- multilingual communication
- effective and efficient research
- creativity and innovation
- problem solving
- digital citizenship
To meet these demands, the High School has adopted an optional Bring-Your-Own-Device program augmented with a language lab for EAL and Modern Language students, a photo lab for Fine Arts and Yearbook students, and a general-purpose computer lab available to classes and individuals. There are two class sets of iPads available for students of teachers participating in our iPad pilot program, known as The iPad Academy.
Each classroom is equipped with an iMac, a document camera, an Apple TV, and a projector with an audio system. Teachers work together to develop and share technology-infused activities and lessons. Teachers participating in The iPad Academy meet monthly with The iPad Academy Coordinator to explore a variety of ways in which the iPad can enable student success in the High School.