Educational Technology

We recognise that today’s students develop and grow as digital natives in an environment rich with technology

As a result, ICT at Southbank is not viewed as a standalone subject area. Instead, it is embedded and integrated in all areas of the curriculum and seen as a tool to enhance and extend our students’ learning. A one-to-one device programme has been embedded in all of our campuses for many years.

Digital Learning

Hampstead Campus recognised as an Apple distinguished school

Our Hampstead campus has twice been recognised as an Apple Distinguished School, for 2018-2021 and 2021-2024. Apple Distinguished Schools are centres of innovation, leadership and educational excellence, that use Apple products to inspire creativity, collaboration and critical thinking.

They showcase inventive uses of technology in learning, teaching as well as the school environment, and have documented results of academic accomplishment.

Across the curriculum, our students use technology to inquire, collaborate, and research, creating and authoring digital content to express their understanding and knowledge.

Our supportive leadership actively encourages & facilitates innovation through technology
img
Transformative Pedagogy

Pedagogical practice is transformed through the innovative use of technology to assess learning, create content, and personalise learning.
img
Accessibility

With nearly half our students speaking an additional language, and a diverse range of additional learning needs, technology has been front and centre in helping all our students access the curriculum and providing tailored support.
img
Learning Beyond the Classroom

The flexibility of the iPad extends learning beyond the classroom, allowing our students to engage with real-world, authentic contexts.

Learning

Across the school, learners leverage technology to inquire into global issues and develop international-mindedness

In the PYP Exhibition, our Grade 5 students created collaborative Pages books to share their research and creations. Students created movies, infographics, and musical compositions and published their books to a global audience on Apple Books.

Technology allows learners to express their understanding in creative ways, including drawing, photography, film, and music. Coding is integrated into the curriculum across the school to bring concepts to life.

We believe learning is most effective when students are given greater voice, choice, and ownership of the learning experience. Technology enhances agency by providing learners with a greater range of ways to express themselves and make their voices heard.

Our teachers use a range of tools to measure student progress over time, assess understanding, and provide meaningful, timely, and student-accessible feedback. Digital learning portfolios connect families with the learning process and provide a way to measure student progress over time.

Teachers create learning content to share with students. They use a range of tools, including screen recording, Keynote, iMovie, and Clips to make content accessible and personalised.

The international nature of our student body means that our learners join us with a wide range of experiences, skills, and knowledge. Teachers utilise accessibility features in order to personalise learning and meet additional learning and language needs.

“Pupils develop excellent skills in their use of information and communication technology (ICT). They use tablet computers confidently and effectively to research, record and organise information.”

– Southbank Hampstead ISI report 2022

Success

The success of our technology programme is measured by its impact on student outcomes

The school uses a range of research tools to measure the success of our technology programme with students, parents, and teachers.

Teacher feedback has been invaluable in understanding how technology has been used across the school, as well as informing decisions on the provision of professional learning opportunities. Results show our teachers have significantly developed their confidence when using technology.

As a school, we are committed to the ongoing evolution of our digital learning programme. Investment in professional development ensures our teachers are prepared and confident in the use of technology. This is supported by a continuous programme of investment in hardware and infrastructure.

Our Professional Learning Community acts as a conduit for innovation, reflection, and distributed leadership providing representation from across the faculty and leadership team.

Leveraging technology to transform pedagogy is a guiding principle for us and we readily embrace new approaches.

Our current focus centres on the possibilities of augmented reality and Apple Teacher Portfolio. Ongoing consultation with key stakeholders, including students and parents, ensures we continue to meet the changing needs of our community.

Southbank International School