Digital Learning that is active, valued, visible, connected and progressive.
The Learning and Teaching Technologies (LTT) Department supports the development of the vision and the implementation of technologies at CDNIS. The LTT Department works with the community to help manage the complexities of navigating through technology initiatives at CDNIS.
LTT works with teachers and students to meet the goals of both our CDNIS Digital Learning Infusion+ and IB mission statements. In a time of rapid change and innovation brought on by new technologies, it is the responsibility of the LTT Department to support teachers and students as they meet the challenges of technology-enriched teaching and learning environments in the 21st century.
LTT provides teachers with multiple strategies and opportunities for professional development throughout the year. It also supports teachers and students in classrooms as teachers work towards infusing technology into their lessons. This includes onboarding new teachers and students into the school’s ever-evolving systems.
Technology that is Accessible and Relevant
Starting with a Macbook program in 2006, our experience has shown us, and research supports, that student learning is more personally relevant and ultimately improved if they have access to personally owned devices within carefully guided learning environments. CDNIS continues to refine its 1:1 integration, moving towards students in grades 1 to 3 using personally owned iPads and Grades 4 to 12 using personally owned Macbooks.
Teachers and students work with web-based applications, including WordPress and Google Apps for Education alongside computer-based applications, such as GarageBand and iMovie. Students also have access to professional software like Adobe Creative Suite and virtual classrooms, such as Moodle. The choice is maximized to ensure students can select the most appropriate tool for a wide range of tasks.
Supporting technologies include Interactive Whiteboards. A media studio includes green screen and audio recording facilities. A robotics and coding space is also supported by LTT.
The LTT team also works directly with teachers, students, and parents to help them manage the complexities and impact of digital technologies on traditional environments and personal relationships through Responsible Use Agreement (RUA). Policies, procedures, expectations for use and care of technologies are posted on the OneDoor website.
The LTT Department delivers talks to parents on a variety of topics throughout the year. These workshops are aimed at developing competency in parents as well as to assist parents in understanding the learning journey of their children. Further information about topics and dates can be found in the Flash or CISPA website. Parents are also represented on the Learning Technologies Council where new policies and current issues are explored and debated.
LTT is continually rethinking services support to ensure we remain at the forefront of the educational use of technology.