by Teresa Ferrer, MYP Coordinator
St Peter´s School is committed to enhance the online learning experience of our students by using a variety of digital tools. In the 21st century they need to be proficient in the following digital competencies: Communication and collaboration; Digital content creation; Problem solving, and Information and data literacy.
We have adapted our curriculum to incorporate the use of specific tools like Google classroom as our whole school Learning Management System. Students are able to use Google docs to work as teams, slides to create presentations and sheets to work with data during their Mathematics lessons. Geogebra and desmos are also used to enhance visual understanding of mathematics. Students can draw graphs, explore algebra and calculus concepts using visual aids and investigate statistics concepts by simulation.
We use Google meets for our online meetings and during homeschooling periods.
We have implemented Seesaw as a digital student portfolio for our Lower School from Nursery to Y5
Problem solving, research and Science inquiry is another important part of our curriculum. Students work online using the Science Bits Platform where they follow the cycle of predicting-observing- explaining, This platform offers the possibility of making conjectures and collaborating with their peers while they solve scientific situations
With the goal of preparing our students for a disruptive future we offer Robotics and Artificial Intelligence, and Computer Science from Y2 to Y12. Many digital tools are used in these subjects like Tinkercad, an app students use to create 3D designs, electronic circuits and computer codes. Students follow the design cycle by programming using blocks and simulating their designs. In order to expand their knowledge in computing and communicating students use Scratch online, Arduino, Screencastify and Webeditor to name a few.
Academic honesty and integrity is a central point in the IB program, we use Turnitin to help students understand when they are in a plagiarism situation and what it means to create original work. Teachers can return feedback and suggestions for a better use of the APA citation style
Having an open mind when learning new procedures, adapting to the use of new technologies and learning how to make them work to solve future problems is the overall purpose of the use of technology at St Peter´s
The following table is a summary of the technologies that we use during our lessons, the main pedagogical objective and some of the applications.