The Design Centre and Information Technology
INFORMATION TECHNOLOGY AT IST
IST’s approach to preparing our students with 21st century technology skills is to integrate and make effective use of information and communication technologies (ICT) across all subjects.
DESIGN CENTRE AND STEM
The state-of-the-art Design Centre at IST allows students to experience and express their creativity and imagination as this is considered the essence of innovation, lateral thinking and progress. The aim and purpose of the Design Centre is to provide environments which cultivate young minds so that they can acquire knowledge and are able to use their learning to make a difference. This may be through communication, creation or contribution to the wider world. High order thinking, creativity and aesthetic expression are encouraged within the Design Centre and communicated in all forms.
Teachers within the Design Centre aim to communicate the excitement of Design and promote students to “reach for the stars”, grasping and creating opportunities to show their creativity and originality. We believe all students should connect to their personal talents and passions, aiming to discover their inner design talents and realize their responsibility to pursue them.
The Design Centre is equipped with state-of-the-art laser cutting technology, 3D printers, CAD workstations, Robotics and the latest interactive LED screens for teaching. This is a place where students’ creativity and innovation is nurtured and their excellence in Design and Technology applications is developed. The Centre also includes a green screen studio and an audio recording studio.
Our IB inquiry based educational program follows closely the learner profile attributes, encouraging open-minded, yet risk taking approaches to design. This inquiry approach offers students from Kindergarten to Grade 12 Computer Coding skills, Robotics, Food Science, and Digital and Product Design in a caring environment. Elementary students have a focus on STEM related projects which then leads into a secondary curriculum that includes a Design Diploma course.
IST has many technology systems that support learning. These systems are cloud based and therefore IST is not tied to any particular brand. All students from Kindergarten to Grade 5 benefit from a 1:1 iPad program, with additional access to iMacs and Windows laptops. Students in Elementary regularly reflect on their learning and share with their families using Seesaw. Secondary students bring their own devices (BYOD), and can check out MacBook Pros if needed. ManageBac is used as the main communication tool with parents and students for summative assessments and Office 365 is used as students day-to-day communication and learning platform.