Science & Technology
Digital & Technology Education @ CIS
As a well-established educational centre, GEMS Cambridge International School, Dubai is constantly looking for ways to develop and enhance teaching and learning practices. With this in mind, the Senior Leadership Team strongly believes that the diversity of our students’ learning style is one of our growing strengths.
With CIS being a Microsoft Showcase Centre and a CISCO Academy, our next step is to become an Apple Certified school. With the new and improved whole-school BYOD policy and the introduction of more iPad Minis in Foundation Stage, Early Years and Primary classes, the school believes that these are great tools to realize creativity and innovation. We impose a strict BYOD and MDM Acceptable Use Policy to protect the school and most importantly our students. We want students to be able to use engaging technologies in a collaborative, inquiry based format through a personalised learning environment. Thinking ahead, for a number of consecutive years, CIS provides three iPad trolleys as core devices for enhanced learning namely; multimedia, writing, coding, creativity and design. Our growing Apple ecosystem is currently made of around 100 iPads and iPad Minis.
As a school we encourage students to integrate the use of technology into every aspect of their learning. Combined with the right pedagogy and used responsibly, technologies will allow your child to learn collaboratively and express themselves and their ideas most effectively.
Improving Knowledge & Practice through After-School-Activities
As a centre, we believe that creative after school sessions namely; Enrichment 365 Activities, enhance students learning and methods of delivering information. The Technology After School Activities are filled with lots of extra-curricular tasks for all year groups. Students are offered professional industry certifications for extended learning beyond the curriculum. The Science and Digital technology courses across the Key Stages that we offer are listed below:
• CISCO IT Essentials
• Microsoft Digital Literacy
• Speed / Touch Typing
• Lego Robotics Club
• ICT Coding Club
• Creativity Club
ICT Learning Experience @ Cambridge
We believe that through an integrated approach to using technology in the classroom, students themselves will develop 21st century skills which include creativity and innovation, critical thinking and problem solving as well as good communication and collaboration. Specialist spaces including three Computer labs which have recently been updated to all in one PC (touchscreen), ensure provision of very effective learning and teaching. CIS has an ambitious number of ICT resources - including desktops, interactive panels and boards, Swivl cameras, data projectors, Ipads and touch-screen laptops for teaching staff.
CIS also has a secure WiFi coverage to access school network and internet, allowing students and teachers to bring in their own devices and use them for collaboration, teaching and learning.
Training on Innovative Teaching and Learning Practices
In 21st Century of teaching and learning, the advantages of educational technology have become a must in school environments. New technological applications enable teachers to become more effective in their pedagogy. Our teachers are willing and able to use technology to facilitate and assist learners in transforming knowledge and skills into real life solutions Just like in the past and this academic year, having tech-tools that support teachers instantly in classrooms with their learners by providing feedback is what the SLT promotes passionately.
E-Learning and More Innovative Teaching and Learning Practices
There’s always an excitement when it comes to E-learning in our school as students get satisfaction from assignment completion, self-discovery and electronic feedback. Since the (MyLearning-Fusion) implementation, the online platform has become an interactive portal where creativity and collaboration are central to students' learning. The VLE has supported students, teachers and parents communicate and share resources effectively. This facilitates a technology rich learning environment which has led to better communication, enhance thinking and learning skills and develop 21st Century skills. Our teachers and students use a number of digital learning and e-learning apps namely; MathWhizz, MyMaths, Abacus, Active Learning, Pearson’s Bug Club and Science Bug, Edmodo, PurpleMash, Language Garden, Sway, Appy Pie, Fusion, Mentimeter, QR Code, Socrative, Classdojo Plickers, Aurasma , BrainPOP, Socrative, Classdojo, Kahoot, Padlet, Hackasaurus, Goformative and Nearpod.
Digital Literacy Coordinator