The Technology and Innovation unit is part of the Department of Studies; it includes Instructional Technology, ICTech and IDEAL AIMS.
The convergence of collaborative constructivist ideas and instructional technology is transforming education systems all over the world. Instructional technology broadens the scope of education beyond textbooks and the integration of ICT in the teaching and learning process recognises the need to have a seamless flow between learning at school, at home, at work and at play.
The City School System has been incorporating ICT in its classrooms for over a decade and it took the initiative to establish a separate Instructional Technology Unit to facilitate its teachers and students in integrating ICT in subject instruction and, in so doing, promote critical thinking skills. The Instructional Technology Unit designs projects in a way that allows students to participate in their learning process and acquire 21st century skills, thus creating a Meaningful Learning Environment. Whole class activities, group learning tasks, and online sharing of class-based projects encourage students to engage in a collaborative learning experience, both in a local context and globally. Through global partnership with schools around the world, students develop into e-citizens and become creators and propagators of new knowledge and information. Purposeful integration of ICT makes the classroom a genuine learning place and leads students into a meaningful application of the IT skills acquired in the ICTech lessons.
The Technology and Innovation department provides meticulous training and ongoing support and assistance through facilitation sessions to the teachers and the school administration. This helps them in identifying the level of technology integration in their schools, keeping pace with the latest IT trends, and purposefully planning their strategies regarding ICT integration.. An online forum enables teachers to share their students’ work.
IDEAL AIMS (Ideal Academic Information & Management System) is an assessment tool for teachers that enables them to manage the results of students’ work. It can also be used as a diagnostic tool for the teachers. They can plan necessary improvements to their students’ performance based on the results collated on IDEAL AIMS.
In the Technology and Innovation Unit, it is all about finding ways of using technology to promote meaningful learning for the students at The City School.