Shared Technology Vision
The following vision statements guide us to achieving and living AIS Vienna’s mission:
- As a community, we challenge ourselves to understand our role, and model responsibility as ethical, knowledgeable and safe digital citizens.
- In a nurturing environment, students are empowered to be critical, innovative, independent thinkers and creators.
- Teachers best prepare our students by using technology as a means of individualizing and redefining inclusive teaching and learning.
- As a respectful global community member within and beyond our host country, we strive to create opportunities to share our resources and knowledge.
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. 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 Facilitators, teachers plan a variety of learning activities which incorporate the ISTE Student Standards.
The Elementary School is equipped with:
- 1 iPad for each child which remains in the classroom
- In addition, each classroom has a computer, projector, document camera and an interactive Smart Board. There is high speed, wireless internet access throughout the school
- An array of online learning subscriptions that teach and reinforce what is taught in the curriculum.
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 various classes.
- Creating data tables and graphs for science lab reports.
- Showcasing work in a digital portfolio.
Teachers use PowerSchool Learning, a learning management system, so students can easily access course handouts, videos shown in class, and class notes. The Secondary Technology and Learning Facilitators and Library Media Specialist support the teachers and the students with planning and implementing projects.
The 1:1 laptop program is an integral part of the high school program. Students routinely research information, analyze data, communicate and collaborate on assignments. Teachers use PowerSchool Learning, a learning management system, so students can easily access course resources and submit assignments. The Secondary Technology and Learning Coordinator and Library Media Specialist support the teachers and students with planning and implementing of projects. Sample learning activities include:
- Using OneNote for math and science classes.
- Creating and peer-reviewing videos in History classes.
- Using online tools to conform with plagiarism and citation requirements.
Technology Related Coursework
As part of the wheel class offerings, all Middle School students take the following technology classes for 9 weeks:
- Grade 6: Digital Citizenship
- Grade 7: Digital Communication
- Grade 8: Digital Literacy
Additionally, all students can choose to take a year-long Introductory Computer Science elective course.
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 using Lego robots.