Cheryl Hickman, Science Teacher at the International School of Belgrade: Preparing Students for the Future; It’s not about the Technology…

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At the International School of Belgrade, we are not just integrating technology, we are innovating with technology. Technology integration plays a vital role in creating engaging learning environments and preparing students for their future academic pursuits. But as global issues become more complex, and learners face increasing demands, what we as educators now know is this: technology integration simply isn’t good enough anymore.

For years, schools have struggled to integrate technology into education. But, as global connectivity and competition becomes increasingly more important, simply ‘integrating’ technology is no longer good enough. Too many schools are trying to catch up with a technology integration program that was already out of date years ago.

Our children deserve and need better than this. Students of today need to be globally connected, they need to learn entrepreneurial skills and they need to know how to use technology as a tool to drive their own learning in a fast-changing, complex and ambiguous world.

At the International School of Belgrade, our new ‘virtual students’ help to ensure that every student can participate in authentic, meaningful experiences no matter where they are. Learning spaces are equipped with large screens, cameras and microphones to facilitate interaction between all participants in the learning environment. Including every student in a way that meets both their learning and well-being, needs is a huge step forward for our school community.

Google Suite and an endless choice of Chrome Extensions have given students an increased sense of autonomy. Students can choose from a variety of media to evaluate and demonstrate their own learning, including screencasts, website development, vlogs and interactive presentations. Our technology allows us to prioritize creativity over compliance, and to make learning relevant and personal for each and every student.

Remote learning has taught us many things, including the importance of maintaining social relationships. Increased WIFI connectivity in outdoor learning spaces and tools such as Nearpod, Google Meet and FlipGrid allow students to collaborate both near and far. We may need to maintain physical distance, but innovative use of technology helps to bring learners, and their ideas, together.

What school looks and feels like has been completely reimagined. It’s an exciting time to be a part of a school community that embraces these challenges and utilizes technology in ways that inspire personal and meaningful learning.

The International School of Belgrade has been the leading light in international education in Belgrade for over 70 years. ISB is a remarkable school by any measure, preparing our students to be successful wherever they go in the world. We are ambitious and strive for them to make exceptional progress at all ages. Our IB results are consistently among the best in the world and our graduates go on to study at some of the world’s finest universities. But this is only part of the story; at the same time, we prepare our students with the contemporary skills, attributes and concepts that prepare them for their fast-changing, globally connected, technology-rich future.

We are a fully authorized IB World School and our Diploma, Middle Years and Primary Years programmes are designed to offer the right balance of challenge and support through a truly global perspective. With a diverse student body including 45 nationalities, students at ISB learn to interact with people who are different from themselves resulting in intercultural understanding and respect. Our teachers are dedicated professionals, a majority holding multiple or masters degrees in their areas of specialization. They purposefully create inspiring, student-centred and personalized learning environments designed to address each student’s unique approach to their learning.

To find out more about what makes our school so special, please contact our admissions team at admissions@isb.rs and take a look at our website www.isb.rs

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