Even before the pandemic, digital learning has been a growing focus of plenty of international schools in Singapore. With an increasingly digitalised world, it is crucial for your child to be digitally literate. Many IB schools have recognised this trend and integrated meaningful digital lessons into their curriculum.
So how exactly have IB programmes in Singapore been equipping students to face the digital world’s demands? And has anything changed since the pandemic? Let’s take a quick look.
For your child to stay ahead and navigate this digital world, they first need to have a device to work with. That’s why many international schools have implemented a device ownership programme.
When your child reaches a particular grade, they’ll be asked to bring their own laptop or tablet to school. Although the specific grade differs from school to school, typically, once your child reaches the 12th grade age, digital learning would have kick-started for them. No child is left behind in the process: every student will have access to a digital device and given a chance to practise device ownership.
When you’re on a hunt for the right international school for your child, be sure to enquire about their digital curriculum. A thorough digital curriculum puts in place a system of teachers well-trained in digital literacy. In other words, your child will be in good hands!
During your hunt, you’ll come across schools that stick to a standardised digital curriculum, for instance, the Common Sense Digital Citizenship Curriculum. From topics on Media Balance & Well-Being to Cyberbullying, you can count on this comprehensive curriculum to craft digital literacy topics well-suited to your child’s age and learning pace.
Integration into classes
But with so much talk and priority on digital learning, rest assured that it is not a replacement for your child’s textbooks and hands-on learning. Rather, the use of technology and digital devices is an extension to in-class materials.
This means that digital literacy topics are not isolated but instead, weaved into relevant subject classes. For instance, the teacher might delve into the manipulation of digital images in Art classes. Your child can then connect the dots between what they learn in school with what they might view online – making digital concerns more apparent.
A community effort
Finally, to truly immerse your child in the digital curriculum, digital learning is taken beyond the classroom. International schools take the lead in bringing your child’s digital education into their communities.
Through initiating digital conversations with parents, schools will regularly update you on the latest digital learning trends. So don’t worry about not having sufficient knowledge of healthy digital habits! The school loops you in on the best practices to engage your child with at home. In this time when remote learning has become crucial, IB schools recognise the need to rope in parents and caregivers.
The need to evolve learning for the digital era is more important now than ever. For your child to confidently navigate the virtual world, digital literacy involves effort from your child, the school and yourself as a parent.
See to it that your child is not left behind when you entrust their learning to one of Singapore’s reputable international schools. To know more about how schools are coping with digital evolution and learning, why not book a slot at one of their open houses today?