Technology Upgrades at AISB Next Year

on Tuesday, February 10, 2015
AISB is in the process of finalizing a technology strategic plan to carry it through the next five years. Since October, a working group composed of students and teachers have been working to define AISB’s strategic plan for technology for the coming five years. 

Following a period in which the group reviewed literature about best practices for integrating technology, conducted research about other international schools and gathered data from parents and teachers by holding a community forum, the senior class synthesized this data into a proposal for the board. The seniors presented their findings to the board at the end of January, and board expressed its support for the recommendations of the working group to purchase tablets for the elementary school and move to a “Bring Your Own Device” (BYOD) policy for the secondary school starting in the 2015-16 school year.

At the elementary levels, the school will purchase tablets for its lower grades, which offer specialized apps designed for the developmental needs of young children. Grades 4 and 5 will have access to Chromebook laptops for every student to facilitate creativity, collaboration and problem-solving using technology.

In the secondary school, students will be required to bring their own device to school every day in order to facilitate their learning. Over the coming weeks, AISB will publish a handbook with the details of how this will work as well as recommendations about what types of devices would be appropriate. AISB already has a campus-wide WiFi network, upgraded bandwidth, and a student population where over 80% own their own devices, so a BYOD model fits well with the existing environment and allow the school to offer an even more enriching, current, and dynamic learning environment.

Matt Kelsey
IT Coordinator
mkelsey@aisbmali.org

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