TAISM pursues academic excellence for students and believes technology plays a fundamental role in the educational process. Technology for all students provides access to the most up-to-date resources available. It allows students to more easily collaborate, extrapolate, project, analyze, demonstrate, and develop meaningful interactions with the content which would otherwise be unlikely or impossible.
In Elementary School, we believe in integrating Technology across the curriculum. Instead of it being a separate subject, it is applied in every subject. With the goal of successful 1:1 iPad incorporation, TAISM supports its teachers and students with a full-time Technology Integration Specialist. Time and expertise is invested in planning, training and working in direct contact with teachers and students in their classrooms.
Our Middle School students are issued an iPad to use for the school year. At TAISM, we promote a balanced use of educational technology. Students have multiple tech resources available to them at school (including their iPad) and they are used, along with a variety of non-technological resources, to support and enhance learning. iPads are stored at school in students’ home base classroom and can be accessed each morning.
The High School faculty and grade 9-12 students are part of an 1:1 iPad program. By providing our students with an iPad, students are able to connect to the internet for research purposes, capture/edit photos, videos, and audio, communicate by e-mail, read, write, annotate, highlight, type, and all of the above combined. iPads allow students to express their knowledge in a different way. Other than using a computer, it can foster creativity and stimulate different parts of the brain which are essential for learning. The iPad program embellishes the already existing technology available at TAISM.
- Beginning in EC classrooms, students have the opportunity to create and share original work they create on the iPad center activities.
- Beginning in KG and grade 1, students extend their literacy and communication skills by creating books and video presentations to express themselves and share their learning.
- Beginning in grade 2, students begin authoring their own blog site.
- Beginning in grade 3, students receive full access to TAISM’s online tools including Google Apps for Education.
- Grade 4 and 5 students use tools and skills introduced in previous years to work more independently and and with more rigor as they integrate technology throughout grade level curriculum.
- In the 6th grade they have been writing, editing, and recording podcasts (using the app GarageBand) to show their understanding of how technological advances changed the ways that early hominids lived.
- Seventh-grade math students have been slicing through 3 dimensional solids on their iPads and exploring the two dimensional shapes that result. Their images are recorded on their iPad in a note-taking app called Notability, allowing their teacher to look at their work in real time.
- Eighth-grade students have been presenting projects to one another through iMovie, explaining their reflections and problem-solving strategies through film and narration.
- Students across the Middle School keep digital writer’s notebooks that they can access from their iPads or from any computer at home or elsewhere.
- In PE, students have watched videos of their swimming strokes and then writing self-assessments, highlighting their progress as swimmers, identifying the aspects of mastering individual strokes.
- The online learning platform Moodle is accessible for all classes. Most class information such as resources, homework, and assignments/ projects can be found here.
- An online gradebook is used by all teachers so that students and parents can access student progress throughout the year.
- Google accounts provided to students and faculty enhance their communication and collaboration skills with apps like Gmail, Google Drive class folders, Docs, Slides and Calendar.
- Some courses in High School use eBooks, and others, such as mathematics, use graphing calculators or a specific book app that has replaced the printed book.
- Students create videos and add voice-overs to explain and show in detail what is happening with course concepts.
- Students in choir and world languages use and create audio recordings to have practice resources at home or to submit oral assignments.