ICT at ISU
At the International School of Ulaanbaatar (ISU) we believe that information communication technology (ICT) is an increasingly important component of every child’s education at all levels. In this constantly changing digital age, ICT is becoming an integral part of a learner’s life at school and beyond. Students inhabit a world saturated with information, images and sound, it is our duty to help prepare them for the world in which they will live.
Through ICT, there are greater opportunities for interactive communication and exchange of information, through global collaboration, authentic learning, expansion of the learning community and empowerment for all learners.
At ISU we believe that the following six ICT skills, as identified by the International Baccalaureate Organisation (IBO), are relevant to all learners in all stages of the school: investigating, creating, communicating, collaborating, organizing and becoming responsible digital citizens. Each skill is transdisciplinary and should support learning both within the transdisciplinary programme of inquiry and within individual subject areas.
Investigating is to carry out a purposeful inquiry or research, to test existing understanding, discover new information and create new understanding. Through investigation, learners critically evaluate a variety of sources, making connections and synthesizing findings to apply knowledge to real-life contexts.
Creating is a process through which learners are provided with an opportunity to innovate and test boundaries. Learners construct meaning, apply critical thinking and original ideas to real-world situations, and share knowledge through self-expression, problem-posing and problem-solving, and reflection.
Communicating is the exchange of information with various audiences using a range of media and formats. Effective communicators contribute to cross-cultural understanding, make informed choices when deciding on tools to articulate meaning, and provide relevant, significant feedback to others.
Collaborating is the process through which learners validate and negotiate ideas and reach a deeper understanding and a global perspective. Learners are empowered through digital media and environments and through active participation in creating and sharing knowledge.
Organizing is the ability to structure or arrange connected items. Learners understand that ICT systems can be used to inform, adapt, manage and problem-solve during their creative, communicative, collaborative and investigative processes. Learners make connections, transfer existing knowledge and independently explore new technologies.
Becoming responsible digital citizens
Becoming a responsible digital citizen involves using ICT to make informed and ethical choices while acting with integrity and honesty. In a globally connected digital world, learners are empowered to be responsible for their actions, to value others’ rights and to practise safe and legal behaviours.
Adapted from: The Role of ICT in the PYP. International Baccalaureate Organisation, Primary Years Programme. (June 2011)