At The American International School · Vienna, we strive to leverage the power of technology so that students:
- Learn in an environment where technology brings subjects to life.
- Become independent learners, engaged in meaningful activities.
- Know how to use digital tools needed to succeed in school and a fast-paced, competitive world.
1:1 Laptop Program
Our 1:1 program provides each student in grades 5-12 with a school purchased laptop to use at school and at home. In addition, each classroom has a computer, projector, and an interactive Smart Board, and there is high speed, wireless internet access throughout the school.
Students in the elementary school use technology to create engaging projects while gaining 21st Century skills. Working collaboratively with the Technology Integration Specialist, teachers plan a variety of learning activities in which students:
- Produce movies and presentations.
- Research topics using digital resources.
- Create multimedia projects.
- Communicate with experts or students in other countries.
By the end of grade five, students gain the information technology skills needed to participate in the middle school academic environment. They also are taught the rules of digital citizenship to keep them safe in online environments. Two after school computer activities are currently offered to elementary students.
The Elementary School is equipped with:
- Two laptop carts for teacher check out in grades K-4.
- A computer lab.
- Laptops for each student in grade 5.
- iPads in primary grades.
As part of our 1:1 laptop program, students use their school issued laptop for research, collaboration, and communication as they become digital citizens. Sample learning activities include:
- Producing videos for German class.
- Creating data tables for science lab reports.
- Showcasing work in a digital portfolio.
Teachers use Haiku, a course management system, so that students can easily access course handouts, videos shown in class, and class notes. The Secondary Technology and Learning Coordinator and Library Media Specialist support the teachers and the students with planning and implementing projects.
Technology Related Coursework
To support the use of technology in the classrooms, all Middle School students take a nine week course each year. During the course, students are introduced to software they can use to create digital presentations, videos, and projects.
All students in year 8 participate in a Digital Literacy course that focuses on understanding how media influences decisions.
Students may also participate in these technology rich after school activities:
- Video Club where students live stream sports events over the Internet.
- Robotics Club where students learn how to build and program NXT robots.