We at Oberoi International School believe that 'education in technology' and 'education through technology' must be integrated for enhanced learning in the 21st century.
ICT (Information and Communications Technology) has become an avenue by which we can create and facilitate such a learning environment; skills such as critical thinking, collaboration, creativity and communication are transforming our vision of the role of technology in the classroom. Moving away from ICT simply being a standalone specialist subject the focus is now on making it a continuous transdisciplinary initiative that integrates technology seamlessly into every aspect of student learning.
There are several different ways by which the school supports and strengthens the relationship between our community and the available technologies, some of these are listed below.
Infrastructure & Physical Resources:
Network: All computers at school, in classrooms, learning spaces, administration offices are connected to 100 MBPS LAN. There is access to a 40 MBPS Wi-Fi across all the floors. The APs are connected to a secure firewall to ensure filtering of web content.
Servers: We have six high capacity servers for data storage. In addition to these we have a YouTube server.
Projectors & Classroom Computers: All classrooms have a teacher computer connected to the school LAN and internet. All learning spaces are equipped with a projector.
iPad Carts: The school has around 250 iPads which are used for technology integration across the school.
IT suites: There is one fully equipped iMac lab for secondary and a PC lab for primary.
MacBook Carts: We have two MacBook Carts, one for use in primary and the other for secondary.
Teacher Macbook's: Around 120 teachers have been given a MAC device by the school and this number is growing steadily.
Software and Applications:
School Information System: We use MySchoolOne as our school Management system for admissions, attendance, communication and report cards.
Email engine: We are a Google school, all staff and students of grade 4 upwards have a school provided email address.
Library Management System: Destiny provides the library database for the school for cataloguing and circulation.
The school uses SAP as an accounting package and Tally ERP & Google docs for
many of the back office functions.
Software: The school has subscribed to many online software sites and has licenses for educational software for integrating technology in all learning and teaching.
Teaching Support & Resources:
We use the National Educational Technology Standards (NETS) set out for learning, teaching, and leading in the digital age and are widely recognized and adopted worldwide:
Additionally, our goal here is to work through the SAMR model (Substitution, Augmentation, Modification, Redefinition). This model designed to help educators integrate technology into teaching and learning, was developed by Dr. Ruben Puentedura. The model aims to enable teachers to design, develop, and integrate digital learning experiences that utilize technology to transform learning experiences to lead to high levels of achievement for students:
The school invests in Professional training to help teachers understand 21st century tools and their impact on learning. We have an various Online forums to post tech integration plans and strategy documents, @techois.wordpress.com
Students understand human, cultural, and societal issues related to technology and practice legal and ethical behavior. We have a published policy for responsible use of IT in school.
All students from grade 5-12 participate in the mandatory BYOD policy, where they are able to bring a personal MacBook to school.
The school has dedicated technology coordinators for primary and secondary. A dedicated tech support team is available during school time to provide technical assistance.