Harare International School has continually invested in technological infrastructure to help support staff, teachers and students in delivering the full IB curriculum. As a result the school has a wide range of hardware and software readily available to staff, teachers and students. The school also has two dedicated, high speed, fibre optic lines delivering over 60Mbps of bandwidth. These developments have opened up an incredible array of online, and offline, opportunities, to help assist with teaching and learning.

Just as importantly though, is to bridge the technology infrastructure to the curriculum being taught to our students. As such the school has a dedicated technology integration specialist who supports students, teachers and parents in getting the most out of the technology on offer.

Many projects have been enriched with students being able to talk to leading experts from around the world via Skype, collaborating using Google Docs on their devices, creating content through the use of video equipment, and so much more.

HIS is proud to have such a plethora of technology available to the school community, and view integration as key to the successful use of it all.

Each Elementary School (ES) teacher has a laptop, Apple TV and HD projector. Throughout the week they also have access to a fully equipped Mac lab and a dedicated cart of tablets (EC1 to Gr 2), or Chromebooks (Gr 3, 4 and 5)  that can be brought to the classroom as and when needed.

The Gr 3 to 5 students have access to the Google for Education accounts which enables them to work collaboratively, in real time, and access their work irrespective of the device they are using. Each year group makes use of this in unique ways.

The projects are becoming progressively diverse and complex and we are finding the next generation is increasingly IT literate and capable of more than we imagined. It’s important to lay a solid foundation within the ES and as the teachers continue to grow in confidence, with the rapidly changing technology, we are excited with what the students will be engaged in this school year.

Middle school students (Gr 6, 7 & 8) are each given a HIS owned Chromebook. Teachers are increasingly moving their material online and enabling students to view videos, sites and other material outside the physical classroom. This means that when they attend class the teacher can focus on helping them apply what they have learned rather than using valuable time teaching theory.

High School teachers are taking the opportunity, wherever possible, to flip their classrooms as the opportunity to take advantage of a technology increases. For example, one teacher is providing online tutorials for her IB Film students. Once they have viewed their individualized tutorials, at their own pace, they use the screen capture facility in QuickTime to create their own videos on the concepts /skills learned, and then their peers review and comment for assessment.