Bist

The BIST vision of technology supports our culture of innovation, creativity and collaboration. We do this by providing access to technology that empowers students to be self-directed, responsible and adaptable learners in our global and interconnected world – anytime and anywhere.

In all divisions technology is carefully incorporated into the curriculum to help deepen students’ understanding of subjects and foster excitement as they create, problem solve and collaborate, whilst along the way becoming inquisitive learners and responsible digital citizens.

Students and faculty have access to a 'technology rich' learning environment at each stage.

EYFS

  • Tablets to assist in the collection of work samples and experiences, and creation of digital portfolios
  • Interactive whiteboards and projection devices in every classroom to support sharing and collaboration
  • Cameras to record and share learning
  • Tapestry online Assessment tool

PRIMARY SCHOOL

  • Tablet devices and access to laptops to create flexible learning environments, anytime and anywhere
  • Interactive whiteboards and projection devices in every classroom to support sharing and collaboration
  • Suite of Google Apps for Education to create projects that support their units of inquiry

SECONDARY SCHOOL

  • Digital Media Production equipment, including cameras, microphones, drones and mixing software that enables live streaming events and in-house 'television' broadcasts
  • Laptops for coding and robotics
  • Interactive plasma screen technology in every classroom
  • Digital composition and music notation equipment
  • Students use Google Classroom to access course content in many of their classes, as well as programs like Google Docs to support collaboration while learning
  • All students have a school-based email account, file storage space on our school’s network and access to our library's online catalogue and research databases
  • Accelerated Reader Programme to improve children’s reading and vocabulary.

 

 


BYOD - YEAR 5 ONWARDS - BRING YOUR OWN DEVICE

Bring Your Own Device, simply put, is when students bring their own laptops or tablets to lessons as a part of their regular school supplies. These devices are then available to the students for balanced, meaningful use in their subject classes. Teachers have the ability to plan richer lessons for students knowing that these resources are there to use.

When students bring their own devices, it does not mean that they will use the device the whole time they are at school. Teachers will continue to provide a variety of learning activities for students.

Only part of these activities will include use of the students’ devices. Students need a variety of resources in order to learn important concepts and skills. Learning via interaction with computers is just one of many ways.

 

Why?

We have a responsibility to prepare our students for the realities of  university and professional life, after graduating from The British International School of Tunis. Information and technology literacy is as essential as reading, literacy and numeracy and will support creativity and inquiry-based learning, which are the cornerstones of our educational philosophy.

As you are probably aware, technology is already infused into our curriculum across the school, but we are limited by the computing access that we have in the school. The BYOD initiative provides teachers and students with the access that they need to best prepare for this future.

Why is the inclusion of technology important in schools?

Beyond the simple reality that technology has, and will continue, to change and drive the way all things are developing, significant research demonstrates that meaningful use of technology in the classroom has many beneficial outcomes for students.

The development of 21st century learning skills, including experience consuming and producing multimodal content, which will be mandatory for success in university study and workplaces of the future.

Increased student engagement.

  • Flexibility for teachers in addressing different learning styles, including interventions for students with SEN and EAL learners and extra opportunities for those who benefit from additional challenge
  • Provision of a greater range and variety of assessment strategies for teachers
  • Improved confidence whilst using and managing technology 
  • Promotion of inquiry and critical thinking skills