At Shanghai American School, technology is an integral component of instruction that enhances and transforms learning. A variety of devices, software applications, and web-based resources are used in effective, age-appropriate ways for students throughout each level of their learning. Elementary instruction includes the use of mobile devices, such as iPads and laptops. For students in grade 6-12, laptops are an essential tool for learning, and our Bring Your Own Macintosh (BYOM) program is designed to maximize educational outcomes across all subjects. DREAMS spaces on both campuses support real-world, interdisciplinary, technology-infused learning. Students have access to powerful, engaging, and interactive technologies, including 3D printers, vinyl cutters, drones and robots, and a variety of materials and media. With proper guidance these are not merely used as novel toys or gadgets, but as powerful, engaging tools that drive and transform learning.
Technology provides a platform for SAS students to develop their skills in creativity and innovation, communication, collaboration, and critical thinking. Digital literacy is an important element of learning and students learn how to gather, critically evaluate, and synthesize information from all of the rich sources that are available to them. Understanding of digital citizenship ensures that students know how to use technology responsibly in safe, ethical, and appropriate ways.
Technology Instructional Coaches work with teachers and students in each division to support the use of technology in learning, while our operational technology staff supports the SAS technology infrastructure and solve day-to-day technology issues for staff and students. Apple Service Centers are available on both campuses where students can get hardware support on their devices.
Technology and Learning Resources
International Society for Technology in Education (ISTE) Standards - http://www.iste.org/standards/standards
Code.org - https://code.org/
Common Sense Media - https://www.commonsensemedia.org/
Meeting of the Minds
Pudong Middle School & Gwinnett School of Mathematics, Science and Technology
Middle school science teacher Stephen Carozza was searching for a way to bring together the power of teleconferencing technology, science, and real-world problem solving. He found a partner in the Gwinnett School of Mathematics, Science and Technology in Georgia, USA. Together they started Global Perspectives in Science.
In this student directed activity, each school selects a panel of 18 students to discuss topics like nuclear power energy or solar panels supplied by China to the United States. Carozza explains that the essence of the Global Perspectives in Science is “basically to bring us together collaboratively to understand other points of view and solve real world problems. “They wanted to connect, we wanted to connect. We just needed to find a way to have open discourse.”
Students, in smaller groups, spend months researching the topic from a specific viewpoint, like a multinational energy corporation, a government agency, or a not-for-profit institution. During the debate, or discourse, students represent and advocate for their specific interests as the two sides try to reach a solution. Carozza says that watching the students perform is incredible. “They perform at a level that exceeds all expectations.”
Kevin Yang, grade 8, is one such student.While Kevin says Global Perspectives in Science teaches the students life-long skills like cooperation, research, and the power to be independent, tactful, and globally minded. He also explains that it helps students across the world learn a bit more about our world, science, and our humanity. “Our roles come with different opinions and perspectives, and so naturally when we got together we learned more about the issues and saw more than one way of looking at topics,” he says. “Culturally, I'm sure it was interesting for both of us. We’re in China, half-way across the world, and we’re not really so different at all.”
Exploring technology inside and outside the classroom.
Bring Your Own Mac
All students in grades 6 to 12 are required to bring their own MacBook computer and external USB hard disk drive for the purpose of backups. Click here for more information on the hardware and software requirements.
Acceptable Use Practices
All students are expected to follow the Acceptable Use Practices for Shanghai American School Electronic and Digital Services. Click here for more information.