Online learning is giving parents around the world a view and understanding of a teacher’s daily life! We have often spoken at school about parents and teachers working together to support their child, and online learning is the epitome of this, according to our Head of School, Mr Tony Macfadyen.
The Cambridge focus is on the approach to teaching and learning, rather than technology, and uses a range of tactics and techniques, that might not ordinarily be applied. The key, however, is to ensure that students are able to interact with their fellows as individuals and in small groups through such things as online seminars, interactive presentations, online challenges, to gather feedback and assess understanding.
We have been using a number of applications to teach students about computer technology.
For the KS3 level the following applications are being taught either during lessons or during clubs:
- Kodu programming – to create games
- Web designing using a variety of tools: expression web and other online applications
- Scratch programming – for games and small interactive animations
- Robotics – using Mblock application and codey rocky robot
- Basic digital literacy and document production – MS Office suite and several online applications like canva
- Programming in python
For KS4 we are teaching the IGCSE ICT, IGCSE Computer Science, and A level Computer Science for the KS5.
As the first Round Square School in Tanzania, St. Constantine International is also faithful to the Round Square IDEALS and together the school is able to share with their peers across the global Round Square community via social media. For example, The Spirit of Service asks students to consider ways in which they can work together with other members of the online communities that they are a part of, to support one another through difficult times and create a campaign plan for their ideas.
Your child’s safety while using the internet is of great importance to us, so we have strict e–safety protocols. E-safety is a school’s ability to safeguard, protect and educate pupils and staff in the acceptable use of technology and communications (including social media) as well as having established mechanisms in place to identify, intervene in and escalate any incident where appropriate. These might include cyberbullying, the pressure to take part in sexting, encouragement to self-harm, viewing pornography, along with various others. But there are positive things we do to equip your child and support them in resolving any issue they may face.