Connected classrooms allow learning to happen in hundreds of new ways. Our students aren’t just memorizing facts. They learn through an inquiry cycle that gets them to question, investigate, challenge, experiment, and reflect.
The leaders of tomorrow must be able to succeed in technological environments. 21st Century workers, business owners, entrepreneurs and visionaries will depend on quickly advancing technologies. SBS offers experience in a wide variety of technological tools and services which enable our students to learn actively in the classroom and learn independently from anywhere.
Preparing students for thier future
… not our past.
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Technology plays a critical role in enquiry based learning, enabling students to research, react to, and affect real events in the world outside of the classroom.
Beyond this function which is necessary; mobile devices also allow students to learn more independently, collaborate, organize, communicate, and understand concepts deeply.
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Featurette about our 1:1 iPad Program expansion at SBS, during 2015-2017.
“Read For The Blind”
P4 & P5 students improving the quality of peoples lives.
"Learn With Us"
Student tutorials from P3 students.
Featurette about our 1:1 iPad Program program launch between 2013 and 2015.
P5 teacher leads students to win 3 seperate National Awards for student-led projects.
Examples of interactive learning, connected learning, personalized and individualized student work.
Three teachers from SBS have been awarded as
“Apple Distinguished Educators” as of 2017.
Q. I am concerned about my child's eyesight. How much time will they be using iPads per day?
Our teachers have been using the iPads between 10% - 20% of lessons per day. During that time, students are also instructed, they will interact with teachers, interact with peers, utilize physical tools, do partner work, group work, access information in textbooks, do physical activities, and combine iPad use with many other types of sensory experiences.
The actual time of looking at (and directly operating) an iPad is only a fraction of that percentage.
Q. Will iPads be replacing all my child’s books? I’m concerned about handwriting.
iPads are not replacing textbooks, workbooks, notebooks, physical projects, or anything else. They may sometimes replace worksheets for certian topics, in certian subjects. Our students in iPad classrooms still practice writing on paper every day. Ideally, iPads are only utilized to do new activities which are not otherwise possible (or practical) without iPads.
Q. My generation did not use personal devices in class. I don't know what to expect.
Integrating devices into classrooms is simple and should not overbearing or distracting for students. Teachers use technology for specific reasons; to reenforce understanding and to individualize learning for their students, for isolated tasks.
Q. Is my child really ready for an integration of technology?
In most cases, this generation was raised to learn most effectivly with multimedia and technology. Our students (P2-P5) have all had some experience and preparation for this through contextual learning in ICT classes and projects utilizing the iPad Lab. Most often, it's easier for our children to adapt than it is for adults.
Q. Is the school ready for this kind of program?
We believe that SBS is prepared in terms of resources, internet access and teacher training to expand the iPad Program. Students are being trained to care for their iPads to assure the safety and security of the equipment. We have approached this technology integration in a methodical step-by-step manner and we believe we are ready for the next step.
Q. I don't understand why this is necessary, is this being done elsewhere?
Device integrations are becoming common around the world, as they grant students with practical skills and modern resources to succeed. For primary and secondary levels, most top international schools have started pilot programs and concluded research which justified their importance.
Local examples include: Shrewsbury International SchoolHarrow International SchoolRuam Rudee International SchoolKIS International School Bangkok Pattana International School MY International SchoolBerkeley International School ISB International School NIST International School Charter International School Wells International School Stamford American International School Thai Chinese International School.
Q. Are iPads really required by SBS?
Technically, the school will not deny your child enrollment if you do not allow them to have an iPad for class. However, iPads are required to do many unique activities in the classroom and for homework every day.
If you choose to opt out; your child may feel left out, they will not be able to participate in many learning activities and must substitute alternative work on paper, or simply watch the rest of the students.
If you have concerns, or aren’t convinced of the benefits for your child, please contact us. Allow us an opportunity to convince you. We want to provide a fair experience for your child, making sure that they have the best opportunities and resources possible.
If you have had any concern, you'll likely find your questions here. To gain knowledge and confidence, we encourage you to talk with teachers or other parents who have participated in the program.
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Doing anything for too long will negatively affect muscles and nerves. Whether it's using an iPad, sitting at a computer, watching TV, writing on paper, driving, dancing ballet, or even sleeping.
Our bodies need a balance of exercise and rest.
Children (and often adults) do not know when to change activities, so parents need to help their children develop good habits by establishing limits, and supporting their other interests and hobbies.
Moderation and variation are important for physical health.
Studies have suggested that prolonged use of iPads (and other computers) could have negative effects on eyesight of children.
The most recent and rigorous research, however, has refuted the early studies: Screens don't cause myopia. A 1996 review concluded that "there is no compelling evidence" of computer use producing or aggravating myopia any more than other forms of "nearwork"—like reading, data entry, and embroidery. So working in front of a monitor could make you shortsighted, but so might staring at an old-fashioned book.
Researchers in one study, published in 2007, followed 514 non-myopic California third-graders for five years. By eighth grade, just over 20 percent of the children had become nearsighted. The most important factor distinguishing those children from others was genetic: Children were five times as likely to develop myopia if they had two myopic parents instead of none, and twice as likely if just one parent was nearsighted. The amount of time they spent doing "nearwork" was irrelevant. Those findings largely confirm other similar studies.
Students using iPads in class are not staring at a screen for long periods of time. Use of the iPad is usually mixed with many other activities, and our students eyes are changing focus between many objects/distances during an iPad activity; Exactly as they do when using a textbook or worksheet.
This is perhaps the only valid health topic that is specific to mobile devices, such as an iPad, because we have them everywhere we go. In the car, at restaurants and family dinners, at the park, at the beach, and every other situation we would otherwise be interacting with people around us... We often choose not to.
This is an understated and generally accepted behavior which is specific to the adoption of smart phones; and most of us (adults) are guilty of teaching this to our children by example.
Parents need to be aware of what they demonstrate to their children, as they more often do what we do, than what we tell them to do.
Steve Jobs, a founder of Apple, famously told the media that had not yet allowed his children to use the iPad at home, for exactly this reason.
Certain family activities and opportunities to interact should be honored by leaving devices out of reach, as those opportunities are irreplaceable.
Some studies have suggested that younger children show a kind of dependence on mobile devices when used for recreation and entertainment. Young children sometimes exhibit signs of anxiety, depression, or behavioral problems when the iPad is taken away from them.
This is not a technology specific argument. See diagram below.
These iPads should be considered tools for learning, not recreation. The rules and limits you set at home for your own child are important to reenforce this.
Fill out the form below if you (the parent) want to manage your child’s iPad, or if you would like your child to manage content (apps etc.).
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• Get answers to common questions from our FAQ.
All students in P2, P3, P4, and P5 are requested to bring an iPad (in a protective case) when possible at the start of the school year.
• SBS will host an orientation meeting and offer workshops for parents.
• Learn about health and guidance.
You may purchase a new iPad or supply a used iPad for your child. Only iPad Air (Generation 5) models or newer are acceptable (for compatibility reasons). iPad Mini devices are accepted, but not recommended (due to difficulties in working within a smaller space and eye strain).
Please note: The iPad supplied for classroom use is only to be used by your child for his/her school work. This device is not be used for entertainment by other family members. It should be treated like a paper activity book purchased for class, or any other classroom resource.
OwnershipThe iPad supplied to each student remains owned by the (family of that) student. Although the device is not owned by SBS, we will manage the content on all student iPads. Once the student ends the program, the management and full ownership will be returned to the student.
Remote ManagementFor security and efficency, we reserve the right to manage the content on student iPads. These devices will be locked to host only content SBS provides. This will include preventing games and other unauthorized apps from being installed by students. SBS will provide books, apps, and other interactive learning content over Wi-Fi.
AccessoriesEach student may be asked to provide the items listed below by the classroom teacher when needed. A protective case is required to safely transport the iPad to and from school. Headphones, earbuds, or EarPods will be used to listen to audio media. A stylus will be used for handwriting, drawing and optionally to interact with the UI.
• iPads may be new or used.
• See how students use iPads in class.
… are considered successful by a their self-initiated actions, outside of the classroom.
The personal device (iPad) you supply for your child ensures he/she can participate fully and take an active role in learning.
… must come to their own conclusions and validate them.
… construct knowledge themselves to develop genuine understanding.
… are not supplied with “the right answer”.
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… study based on real events and problems, which are meaningful.
Preparing students for thier future… not our past.
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Moving beyond enhancing teaching practices, enabling new learning activities, improving engagement, promoting participation, and various other proven “benefits”… information technology has become vital. Technology and internet access have become more important than ever in teaching and learning at SBS.
… develop real-world problem solving skills to succeed throughout life.
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