Speaking on this development Shweta Shastri, Executive Director, Canadian International School said “There is an urgency to revisit how we teach in classrooms, and expose and empower K-12 students to the technological advancements prevalent today. I recently witnessed the power of iPads and the necessity of introducing 1:1 iPads in our classrooms. Technology literacy at a younger age ensures students become good decision makers and consider their digital footprint from a personal and community perspective. It is a great honor that our efforts have led to the fruition of being recognized as an Apple Distinguished School.”
Apple Distinguished Schools are centers of innovation, leadership, and educational excellence that use technology to inspire creativity, collaboration and critical thinking. They showcase innovative uses of technology in learning, teaching and the school environment and have documented results of academic accomplishment. “Through Apple technology we have been able to transform our learning environment and ethos. All secondary classes have shifted from paper to purposeful iPad use and maximized their learning through iTunes courses.” shared Melanie Kells, Dean of Studies at Canadian International School. “Assignments can be sketched, scored, charted, coded or performed through a wide range of educational tools like iPad to create personalized learning for every student. This has led to a marked improvement in retention of learning, performance and accomplishment.” Melanie Kells added.
Today’s digital age requires students to be technologically literate regardless of their career paths. Being a 1:1 iPad school, CIS is preparing its students for transition in a digital world, from using iMovie to make documentaries, to customizing the pace for individual students when learning a foreign language. Apple’s technology and services help make the contextual learning at Canadian International School a more immersive experience. The transition to a technology integrated school finally enabled Canadian international school to open their MakerSpace, providing a place for students to explore construction, robotics, and media creation.