Utilizing Technology in the Secondary Department
Sunday, September 17, 2017
Dear Secondary Parents
Use of Technology in the Secondary Department (Yr 7 – 13)
at Kuwait National English School
The Use of Technology in Teaching and Learning builds 21stcentury skills; increases student engagement and motivation and accelerates learning. Technology is the future of education. It is entwined in almost every part of our culture. Most importantly, it affects how students learn. The future of education is already here with computer and other wireless devices/program becoming an increasing requirement across every learning today. In order to best prepare our students for this ever-changing world, Kuwait National English School strategy is to effectively deploy and further implement latest mobile technology, on line testing and educational programs in the classroom.
Embracing and integrating technology in the classroom will benefit your child in the following ways:
helping with their future careers,
connecting with students of all learning styles,
encouraging collaboration across teams and with their teachers empowering students to be more creative and be more connected,
developing student's digital citizenship skills correctly and responsibly,
helping students to stay engaged the way they want and are used to learning,
enhancing the learning experience and create new opportunities,
accessing the most up-to-date information quicker and easier,
helping students to be more responsible in taking ownership of valuable device.
Kuwait National English School is committed to developing personalised learning so that all our pupils, given their individual gifts and talents, are challenged and make progress. We provide a professionally stimulating and collaborative, well-resourced working environment. We use online textbooks, Doddle, MyMaths, standardized testing from the United Kingdom (CAT4, PTM, PTE, PTS, NGRT, SWST) to enhance our students learning. In the near future, technology in the classroom will be extended to post and collect homework, post results etc. Notes can be taken much more quickly as well. It supports both teaching and learning in achieving significant improvements in productivity by accelerating the rate of learning, expands experiences, and learning materials; supports learning 24 hours a day, 7 days a week. Our staff use blended learning opportunities, incorporate both face-to-face in the classroom and online learning opportunities. The strategy of blending online learning is often utilized to accommodate students’ diverse learning styles and to enable them to work before or after school in ways that are not possible with full-time conventional classroom instruction. Today’s technology enables students to learn at their own pace. Students can learn according to their abilities and needs. Technology in the classroom helps prepare pupils for the digital future. These 21st century skills are essential in order to be successful in this day and age.
During the month of May 2017, our secondary students took part in three standardized tests: Progress Test in Mathematics (PTM), Progress Test in Sciences (PTS) and Progress Test in English (PTE). The information the three tests has provided is quantifiable, provide how the students’ performance compares with other children of the same age across the United Kingdom and allow progress to be tracked in an efficient way.
Last week (September 10 – 14), our secondary students in Year 7, 8, 9 & 10 took part in the Cognitive Abilities Test (CAT4). CAT4 batteries assess reasoning with words, reasoning with numbers, reasoning with shapes and designs, thinking with and mentally manipulating precise shapes. The results of this CAT4 test support teachers in understanding students’ abilities and academic potential, set target and monitor the performance of students.
MyMaths is a math-based program available for pupils at Kuwait National English School. The program uses data from student assessments to identify the skills that each student needs to work on. Inputs from teachers and from students provide information about how each student learns best. A computer algorithm uses the information about each student’s demonstrated mathematics skills and his or her learning preferences to generate individual & appropriate learning activities.
Doddle provides Kuwait National English School with a flexible attainment and progress reporting system, with a comprehensive range of online teaching, homework and assessment resources, to support learning and progress across the secondary curriculum. With teaching resources mapped to the latest KS3 and IGCSE specifications across 18 subjects, Doddle provides high quality educational materials. Doddle provides a secure and straightforward online platform for teachers to assign and pupils to collect thousands of engaging, self-marking homework resources.
Relying on your usual support in accomplishing our mission.
Dr. Raouf Khodabocus, BSc, MSc, PhD, FCIC (Canada)
Head of Secondary, Kuwait National English School