November 27, 2016

Education and Technology


The International School of Central Switzerland is proud of its commitment to resource and equip our students for the ever-changing needs of the 21st century, especially with regards to education and technology.

Information and Communication Technology is an important, motivating and fully integrated component of the approach to learning at ISOCS.

Greatly assisted by the experience and creativity of our ICT Coordinator, our students, teachers and parents benefit from the access to interactive international resources and the latest skills and information.

Our Junior students typically research, record and annotate experiences on the interactive whiteboards to learn literacy conventions (in German and English) and to reflect and share their learning.

Our Senior students use their personal laptops and tablets on a daily basis. They access multi-media resources to learn the skills and habits of globally connected and responsible learners. They use their own personal laptop computers to learn to type, correspond with other schools worldwide and use the carefully selected websites to explore their current Unit of Inquiry.

They also use computer technology to express their developing understandings about their learning through self-made newspapers, movies and power point presentations.

ISOCS KANO Lab for innovative ICT programme

As early as 2013 ISOCS sponsored one of the first KANO Labs for a brand new innovative ICT programme.

Kano is a computer and coding kit. Claimed to be as simple as Lego, powered by Raspberry Pi. Students will be able to make games or learn code with Kano. It ran a campaign on Kickstarter.” (Source: Wikipedia)

ISOCS KANO Computer Kit

 

ISOCS Student convinced the Director to sponsor a KANO LAB

One of our ISOCS students came across the Kano Kickstarter campaign to raise start-up capital for KANO and convinced us to sponsor a KANO Lab for a new, innovative ICT programme.

The KANO Lab consists of the following:

  • TEN KANO KITS
  • KANO WORKSHOP – with a KANO expert
  • KANO COMPANION – a digital curriculum pack that is perfect for educators, parents, and the curious.

The Kano Kickstarter campaign was successfully funded on 19th December 2013.

“A computer and coding kit for all ages, all over the world. Simple as Lego, powered by Pi. Make games, learn code, create the future.” (Source: Kano Kickstarter campaign)

“Kano’s mission is to make tools for a new creative generation, and give people a way to take control of their world, express themselves. We believe that anyone should be able to be creative with technology. It shouldn’t be so hard to make and play. The first step is a computer kit for the rest of us – open, fun, empowering.”(Source: Kano Website)