Technology is an inescapable part of life (and education) in the 21st Century. Through effective use of technology, the teacher engages students in their own learning, becoming more of a guide than a lecturer. Technology allows students and teachers to access a variety of education resources than would not be available otherwise, especially in remote locations. In addition, technology makes it easier for teachers to differentiate instruction and meet students where they are. Finally, using technology in school prepares students for their future academic and professional experiences.
Technology is an integral part of 21st Century education, especially as many schools face distance learning and/or blended learning due to the global pandemic. At QSID, all our students use technology daily, during technology instruction and core academic classes. To make the transition between completing work at school and at home as smooth possible, QSID has the following policies:
Students in Secondary (14 years old and older) are strongly encourages to bring a personal digital device (PDD) to school daily to support and enhance the learning process.
Suggested PDD includes a tablet or laptop capable of running the Microsoft 365 suite of apps, the QSI application software issued to students. A cell phone is not sufficient for this purpose.
Students will follow the teachers’ classroom guidelines on when to use PDD as a learning tool.
Students will adhere to the signed QSI Acceptable Use Policy (AUP) for technology and practice Digital Citizenship traits taught in QSI technology curriculum.
Students are responsible for the maintenance of the hardware and software of their PDD .
Students moving within QSI common spaces should have all tech devices closed and stored away for safe movement.
When applicable to the device, it is recommended that students use a protective case, screen protector, charging cord, and external charging battery.
Students are responsible for their own PDD and should take measures to keep it safe when in use and storage.
QSI subscribes to the Microsoft 365 application suite that includes Outlook, Word, Teams, Excel, PowerPoint, and Sway. Each student is issued 1 GB of cloud storage to house all digital work. The use of Microsoft 365 applications supports QSI’s commitment to blended learning with technology. The students will use:
Outlook to write e-mails to staff and students
Teams to manage online assignments and participate in video conferences when needed
Word to type essays
Excel to create charts and graphs for math and science classes
PowerPoint to create presentations
Sway to create multi-media publications