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.
iPads in the Lower School (PK-5)
- 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
- 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
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.
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.