Bonn International School embraces the use of technology in the modern classroom, yet strives to ensure balance in student usage and instill values for ethical use. Educational technology tools facilitate our students in their thinking, creating, researching, communicating, collaborating and publishing. Systems used by our administration help our school run smoothly. In all our use of technology, the focus is always directed on student learning.
Our school has invested considerable resources in information and communications technology (ICT). The 2016-2017 school year sees BIS equipped with over 400 computers, 600 iPads, and a solid infrastructure of fiber optic and wireless access throughout our facilities. Our dedicated ICT laboratories provide the infrastructure for Design classes, robotics and programming and extend specialized learning. Every classroom has an interactive whiteboard or iPad/Apple TV projection solution. The Media Centre loans trolleys of MacBook computers and iPads for in-class support. All teachers have a MacBook Pro and iPad for teaching purposes.
Our school is in its fourth year with a 1-to-1 iPad programme. All students in Grades 4–10 receive an iPad mini pre-loaded with appropriate, grade-level educational apps. Students keep this device throughout the school year. It serves as a compact and multi-purpose learning tool.
For students in Grades 11 and 12, BIS has introducted BYOD (bring your own device). BYOD means that our oldest students use their own laptop or notebook for school. This allows students to extend their skills on their own personal computers and access more sophisticatd computing and graphics programmes than those on an iPad. BYOD is a preparatory step for the technological independence students will need for their university studies.
All of our technology is planned and maintained by our department of ICT specialists including a Systems Manager, a Database Coordinator, one Technician and a specialized iPad Technician. An Educational Technology Coordinator works collaboratively with staff and students to effectively integrate technology into the curriculum.
BIS hosts meetings throughout the school year for parents who desire to become more technology literate and learn more about technology at our school. These sessions include information about ManageBAC, our educational learning platform (curriculum, academic dates and milestones) and how technology is used for specific purposes in the classroom.