skills for the 21st Century
Developing a Healthy Balance while Celebrating and Encouraging Positive Uses of Technology
International School Basel is committed to delivering the highest quality education in line with current best practices in the integration of technology. Technology integration at ISB is focused on embedding the fundamentals of educational technology research and practice into our school context. Through the use of technology, we work to empower students to grow and learn in ways that suit them as individuals, as well as our community as a collective.
As students become involved in the creation of digital content, digital citizenship becomes central to what is done in and around the classrooms. Students’ needs are allowed to be catered to and planned for through increased differentiation. At ISB, students, teachers, parents and administrators work together to create an innovative and collaborative learning environment focused on promoting responsible and ethical digital citizens.
Learning Technology at ISBasel is focused on developing 21st century skills, transferable skills that are recognized as important both now, and in the future of work.
It is an underacknowledged truism that, just as you are what you eat, how and what you think depends on what information you are exposed to.
Tim Wu, Professor at Columbia University and ISB Alumnus
In Senior School our aim is to help students gain the skills they will need to be successful in the IB Diploma Programme and into life beyond ISB.
We recognize that while our students are growing up with technology and are often proficient in some of its uses, there is still much to be learned about how to use technology for higher learning as well as the critical need of establishing digital citizenship norms across our community. The work done by students in Senior School ensures they are well equipped to work and collaborate in their communities outside of school.
Learning with technology in the Middle School focuses on skills progression, creativity, and digital citizenship.
In the Middle School, students build on the inquiry-based nature of learning in the Junior School by using technology to suit specific learning purposes. Students are required to bring a laptop to school each day to participate in technology enriched lessons, collaborate with fellow classmates and access resources outside of ISB. Students at this level practice the technical and community expectations they will need as they are required to engage in increasingly independent learning and decision making.
Learning with technology in Junior School focuses on creation, collaboration and digital citizenship.
In Junior School, the inquiry cycle drives student learning, and technology is used in ways that compliment and add value to this process. Our Early Childhood (EC) through Grade 4 students have access to school iPads and laptops as needed. In Grade 5, students are required to bring their own laptop to school each day to participate in technology-enriched lessons, collaborate with fellow classmates and access resources outside of ISB. Our students spend time using technology in the context of their learning goals. Students also use technology to engage in the learning process by curating their learning in order to guide them in the reflection process.
IT Systems and Equipment
Understanding how, why and when to use digital technology enhances learning opportunities.
From their very first year at ISB, students are encouraged to use and enjoy digital tools and systems. Classes are able to leverage technology tools to increase efficiency, make room for more personalized learning and open up the possibility for increased student agency when approaching tasks.
Grade 5 - 7 and 11 - 12 have formalized BYOD programs. Students in all other grade levels are encouraged and allowed to bring their own devices to school. Teachers provide students with various digital tools including laptops and iPads, when required, for learning and teaching. The Senior and Middle School campuses also have dedicated computer labs. Wireless connectivity blanketing learning spaces on all three campuses allows students and teachers to connect and collaborate.
- G Suite - used at all campuses
- Microsoft Office Suite - used at all campuses
- Adobe Creative Cloud Suite - used in Senior School
- Seesaw - used in Junior School and Middle School
A wide range of other programs are used at ISB. These are vetted and decided upon following an assessment of their educational benefit and compliance with student safety and European Data Privacy (GDPR) compliance.
Every student has a G Suite profile with access to various folders and software applications. The system includes, but is not limited to:
- a password-protected email account
- numerous educational applications that support the teaching curriculum
- a personal Google Drive used to store and share files
The children have incredible access to IT, music, physical education, language and library resources. They are encouraged to pursue their own ideas and interests by enthusiastic and engaged teachers and staff in an environment where cultural diversity is celebrated. My kids love coming to school.
Kristine, Grade 2 Parent (Sweden)
The use of technology is top level: Interactive Whiteboards, iPads, Seesaw and other IT programs such as Mathletics are great tools. ISB encourages children to discover the joy of learning, reading and researching. Kids develop great presentation skills and independence.
Maria, Grade 6 Parent (Mexico)