At the Vienna International School we understand that digital technologies are powerful tools for supporting learning. We also recognize the importance for our students being fluent in information literacy to support life long learning. The school is a technologically-rich environment where
all students have access to a variety of hardware and software to
support them in their learning journeys. Please see our ICT Vision Statement
Students in the Primary school learn how to use technology in integrated and meaningful ways. Rather than treating ICT as a stand-alone specialist subject, students learn how to use ICT by using various technologies as tools for learning within the context of their Units of Inquiry, maths, language and other subjects. In this way, students acquire ICT skills and competencies by using technology to inquire, think, communicate and collaborate with others, create and present understandings, and reflect and assess on their learning experiences overall. In addition, students also learn about what it means to be a citizen within digital environments, looking specifically at how to navigate the web in safe, sensible and responsible ways, protecting one's privacy, accessing and using content in an ethical manner, and taking a balanced approach to technology use. After successful completion of their Digital Driver's License program, students from grades 3-5 are granted their own GMail accounts complete with access to Google Apps for Education's suite of productivity tools and access to our Moodle virtual learning environment platform.
In the Secondary school, digital technology is taught through experiences and
activities that enhance and promote technological literacy through
problem-based and design-based learning. These experiences and
activities are open-ended, requiring students to develop technological
thinking and challenging them to use and apply it in a variety of
settings. The facilities include three computer laboratories, two design
technology rooms with CAD/CAM, and one dedicated food technology
laboratory. Field trips further expand the resources available to
students and enhance the classroom learning.