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 Lower School (PK-5)

Students in grades K-5 are motivated and excited to have access to iPads in the classroom. The purpose of our technology integration is to enhance the existing curriculum and to differentiate learning more effectively. Students access iPads in different ways and for different purposes. They use iPads independently to work at their own pace. Students also work with others, collaborating and negotiating to do research or to create a common project. Working in these ways allows students to access resources through a different medium and to showcase their understanding of a concept in a visually attractive and interactive way.

Goals

  • To engage students in the 21st century learning skills of collaboration, negotiation, critical thinking, communication & innovation/creation
  • To develop thoughtful digital citizens aware of and responsible for their own online presence

Resources

  • Shared iPad access in classrooms, grades PK-3
  • 1-to-1 iPads in classrooms, grades 4-5
  • Laptop cart access, grades 3-5

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 the lower school, students begin engaging with this content in an age-appropriate manner starting in 2nd grade. They are first introduced to these concepts using Common Sense Media’s Digital Passport, an interactive, game-based platform. Students progress through additional curriculum led and supported by their teachers, librarians, and academic technology team.

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

Ph: 415.231.5733

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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