Modern Learning

At French American International School, we're devoted to developing your child's 21st-century skill set to ensure their success in a rapidly changing world. Our students must be collaborative, adaptable and curious risk-takers with the ability to think globally and communicate cross-culturally. French American International values a combination of innovative pedagogy and cutting-edge tools to help support environments that are more engaging, collaborative and personalized to each student’s abilities, passions and needs.

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iPads in the Middle School (6-8)

All students in grades 6-12 are issued an iPad for use both in the classroom and at home. They use the device to better communicate and collaborate with their teachers and peers, create a variety of digital content, and access a wealth of multimedia resources to support their learning. What does a typical day look like? A student might use Notability to annotate a PDF handout of Chinese characters, snap pictures to include in a biology lab report, or record a voiceover in iMovie for an animated analysis. In math class, students might use Explain Everything to narrate the steps they took to solve a problem and then share it via YouTube, and in English, a writing group might collaboratively revise an essay on Google Drive.
 

Digital Literacy and Citizenship

As we prepare our students to engage in a fast-paced, digitally connected world, our students must be adept, responsible and discerning users of technology.

In line with the high value that our school places on critical thinking, we aim to help students gain awareness of their actions and make responsible, healthy, well-informed decisions when using technology. Believing in the approach of educating in an open digital environment rather than restricting usage, we aim to lead discussions, provide resources, and introduce strategies to help students develop their digital citizenship and literacy skills.

Largely utilizing resources provided by the non-profit Common Sense Media, we engage students in conversations around Internet safety, privacy and security, relationships and communication, digital footprint and reputation, self image and identity, information literacy, and cyberbulling.

In middle school, a team comprised of our librarians, counselor, and academic technology coordinator work with teachers and students both in content classes and during advisory to discuss digital literacy and citizenship in stand-alone sessions, and also sessions related to a specific project or technology with which students are working.

Blended Learning

At French American, we know that students increase their potential for success when learning is reinforced in a variety of settings. Our teachers engage students in ubiquitous learning opportunities through the use of blended learning strategies, such as the Flipped model, online learning environments, and social networking. We find that blended learning enables our teachers to personalize instruction in order to meet the diverse needs of our students by increasing opportunities for interaction and providing broader access to course content. Our implementation of blended learning prepares students to excel in the connected learning environments they are likely to encounter in their future work in university classrooms and careers.

Flipped Teaching

A group of our upper school teachers are creating video content for their students to access at home. This could be a short recording to explain a concept, show how to setup a lab, give a demonstration, etc.

The students are able to watch these videos at their own pace: pause, rewind, and review as much as they’d like. And in return, more class time is then free for students to work collaboratively and get more individualized help from their teacher. In these courses, lectures that used to be done in class are now reviewed at home, and work previously done at home is now done in class with added support, thus, the ‘flipped’ classroom.

Social Media

The use of social media is embraced as educational tool with our older students. A number of classrooms use Twitter, Facebook, etc., to house discussions, share digital content, and quickly send announcements.
For certain projects, students have also used these tools to create mock profiles of historical figures, such as a Medieval peasant or a member of the French Revolution! The use of these tools is configured in a way to take advantage of a platform in which most students are adept, all the while retaining privacy by not directly “friending” the students.

 

French American International School

Main building

150 Oak Street

San Francisco, CA 94102

Ph: 415.558.2000

Early Childhood Center

1155 Page Street

San Francisco, CA 94117


An independent Pre-K through 12th grade co-educational day school in the heart of San Francisco. The school delivers a rigorous bilingual (French/English) immersion program through middle school, culminating in either French Baccalaureate or International Baccalaureate program in its International High School.

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