Digitisation isn’t a new term, but it is undoubtedly a highly relevant one today, which is having a huge impact. Driven by the capabilities of new, advanced technologies and the evolving expectations of society, the world-at-large is changing, and all aspects of life are being disrupted. Especially the workplace and, subsequently, the demands from education.
The education system certainly wasn’t the first sector to adapt to the digital revolution, but it is now making amends for its slow uptake by capitalising on the new, enhanced possibilities that tech disruption provides.
Technology Enhances Education
When you have millions of individuals, each with distinctive traits and abilities, who need to be educated at the same time, it is very hard to cater to all of their needs and specialities. The unfortunate fact of the matter is, learning is not a one-size-fits-all concept, and what works for one student could be absolutely catastrophic for another ─ as is often the case when schools have to implement a single non-adaptable curriculum.
Technology has started to disrupt the status quo, though - service providers are beginning to meet the growing demands of personalised experiences through digital means for their consumers. Students, who have grown up around smart devices and computers are demanding that their classroom and campus-life be disrupted by technological advancements too.
Tech-Enhanced Learning at OWIS
Technology and electronic devices have become an integral part of the curriculum at One World International School. In fact, we’ve recognised the many benefits that technology can bring to the classroom and that it is an essential component of a well-rounded, 21st-century education. Our schools feature a myriad of devices to enhance the student experience.
- Each classroom features an interactive screen and audio system, and we use iPads to assist us in creating a digital portfolio of samples showing students’ great work. These portfolios allow students to look back on past successes with pride; this grows their self-esteem and is a catalyst for improvement in learning outcomes.
- Nothing can quite match a traditional library, but at OWIS, we also use ebooks to supplement it.
- Teachers capture interesting moments of the learning process using their iPads; some recordings are shared throughout the institution and contribute towards the enrichment of learning for all students involved.
In modern society, almost everything is online and that reigns true for educational resources too. The students of today have, in most cases, grown up with technology and, more often than not, smartphones and tablets aren’t just a novelty; instead, they’re an extension of a person. With that in mind, educational institutions have been looking to the internet and the cloud, where they can upload lessons, presentations, videos and all manner of resources ─ which can be accessed at the click of a button, at the students’ convenience.
At One World International School, we use Google applications for education, which students can access from their household computers and smart devices too, through inbuilt cloud-storage. This suite of applications allows students and teachers to communicate and collaborate on projects with ease, inside and outside of the classroom.
Adapting to digitisation
At the core of One World International School is our incredible teaching community. Our educators provide the foundation for our global community, hailing from all over the world; each member of staff is enthusiastic, caring, internationally-minded and committed to lifelong learning.
The teachers and teaching assistants at OWIS have adapted to the times and have incorporated and readily embraced digital innovation into the classroom. Teachers are well-versed with the technologically-enhanced classrooms that our institution boasts and they work hard to guide their students through a technology-enhanced curriculum.
The use of multiple educational applications and technology tools allow our students to receive a deeper, more up-to-date education at school. This can also be extended to an interactive experience at home, through smart devices. This empowers students, enhancing their learning capabilities, and gives parents a window through which they can see what their child learns at school.
Looking To The Future
The future has never looked brighter for the education system and, while digitisation can seem like a daunting prospect, we must all remember that the capabilities of modern technology have the potential to enhance learning in the classroom and at home. More importantly, digital disruption is allowing institutions of education to mould academic subjects to the individual needs of students, creating a far more flexible and engaging learning experience for everybody involved.
At One World International School, we have embraced the advantages of technology, and it has become a crucial part of everything that we do, optimising the learning outcomes of our students and bettering the overall environment of the school. Take a look at our dynamic, tech-enhanced campus to see exactly what digitisation has done for modern education.
If you’d like to know more about how OWIS is future-proofing education, do contact us or schedule a visit to our campus to see how technology is incorporated meaningfully in our classrooms.