Technology at HKIS
At HKIS, we embrace technology to enhance teaching and learning while building a community of learners.
Technology provides HKIS with new opportunities to engage learners and increases our flexibility in the delivery of our curriculum. It can enhance existing lessons and offer a more effective resource to develop understanding within classrooms. HKIS's use of technology empowers students to collaborate in their classes and in a larger global community. It improves efficiency in learning by increasing student access to countless educational resources and provides new opportunities to us as educators to evaluate and improve our teaching methods.
In 2009, HKIS implemented a common digital learning platform. Each student in Grade 5 and above receives an Apple laptop with a set of standardized software. Teachers receive ongoing support and coaching to enhance their teaching and learning skills from their divisional ICT Facilitator, their personal growth fund (provided by HKIS), and their own personal learning network. Students learn to identify, filter, assess, and organize data in order to become critical thinkers and creators of knowledge. HKIS seeks to coax students and teachers alike out of their safety zone by providing them with the tools they need to take risks and to ask more of themselves and their learning networks.
By concentrating less on the outcomes and more on the how and why, HKIS students come to understand knowledge is a process and not something that is looked up. With answers a few keystrokes or mouse clicks away, instant knowledge lies at a student's fingertips and at no intellectual cost. HKIS strives to teach students how to devise questions that cannot be simply looked up; we guide students to infuse their learning with integrity and self-respect.
We strive to embed technology into the fabric of learning. Whilst this present a multitude of opportunities for the ingenious learner, it can also introduce a multitude of challenges for the undisciplined student. We aim to guide and assist students to manage these challenges and to balance creativity, innovation and resilience to develop a framework of lifelong learning.
Reception 1 - Grade 2
- iPads & MacBooks are available for use in the classroom.
Grade 3 - 4
- Each student has a personal computer provided by the school that stays on campus locked in a laptop cart.
Grade 5 - 12
- BYOM: From Grade 5 all students supply their own computer in accordance with the Bring your own MacBook (BYOM) program. Current specifications:
- Operating system: OS X v 10.12.x or later.
- Processor: Intel i5 chipset or faster.
- Memory: 8GB RAM
- Storage: 256GB SSD