At BIS, we integrate technology to make learning more relevant and to better prepare our students for the future.
Technology facilitates active, student-centered learning, and accommodates a wide variety of learning styles. We believe that appropriate and proficient use of technology is best learned in the context of other learning and enhances the learning of subject area knowledge. We believe in transforming education with differentiated learning and instruction through technology. Our society is infused with technology, and we must prepare our students for it.
BIS has outstanding technology resources available throughout the school in order to meet our educational goals. Supporting anytime, anywhere learning, BIS has a state-of-the-art campus-wide wireless network. All classrooms are equipped with digital projector and stereo sound system for multimedia content presentation.
Additionally, BIS supports the successful integration of technology through the following human resources:
- IT Manager & School-wide Technology Integration Coach, overseeing the infrastructure and technology support across the school and assisting and developing appropriate technology use by teachers and students
- Two IT Support specialists, dedicated to maintaining the hardware and software infrastructure
- School Database Administrator, in charge of ManageBac and associated systems
Google Apps for Education
BIS is a Google Apps for Education school. Google Apps is a suite of web-based messaging and collaboration applications that Google hosts on their own servers. Google provides these applications through a web interface rather than as a software program to download and install. To access these applications, you simply use a web browser on a computer that’s connected to the Internet.
Google Apps for Education are intended to enhance critical thinking, collaboration, creativity, and communication. Google Apps also provide users with cloud-based file storage for all of their documents. Students and teachers can open and edit their documents quickly. No more distractions like lost flash drives, outdated file attachments, or confusing client software. With anytime, anywhere access, Google Drive allows users to be productive at school, at home, and even on their mobile phones. Because Google Drive runs in a web browser, students can work from almost any device, can easily upload and share files, and can still work with formats such as .doc, .xls, .ppt, and .pdf. Google Apps for Education also includes Google Classroom for handling content delivery and assignment workflows for teachers and students.
In the Primary School all class rooms are equipped with laptops, iMacs, MacBooks and IPod Touch devices at each grade level. Additionally there are two laptop carts available for the primary school to complement the existing integration of technology within the classroom. In upper Primary our students work actively with Google Apps.
In the Secondary School we implemented a 1:1 Bring-Your-Own-Laptop program. All students in grades 6 to 12 are required to bring a laptop to school everyday. Teachers and students use laptops to create, communicate and collaborate on educational content, and enhance learning with full-time access to global resources.
In a world where many employers expect computer mastery from new employees, and universities commonly require freshmen to arrive with their own computer and computing skills, the 1:1 laptop program in Secondary Division is a logical and vital component of Bali Island School. Through this initiative, previously impossible opportunities for communication and outside learning are immediately available. Everyday exposure to laptop technology will help our students develop work habits and research skills that are second to none.
Beside Google Apps, Secondary students have access to the system ManageBac. We use the web based system called ManageBac as our main curriculum planning, assessment and reporting system, which fully supports all the International Baccalaureate Programmes. Students can access rich information about their subjects, including units, assessment rubrics, calendars and results.
BIS is committed to ensuring our students adhere to the principle of academic honesty. To aid us in this, we have partnered with PlagScan and use their service for text-matching of student work against their private database. PlagScan will provide our teachers with an indicator of any significant overlap between the student’s work and other sources. While in itself this is not a definitive indication of dishonesty, it will help the teacher to ensure that the student’s work reflects their own learning.