| Siti Hajar |
WITH technology now the mainstay for thousands of schools throughout the world, local education institutions are increasingly banking on the latest technology for enriching students’ educational experiences.
Known for its innovative ways in teaching, International School Brunei (ISB) recently introduced free Microsoft Office (MS) 365 to a group of its secondary school students. Other students will be introduced to this new service in due course.
In an interview, Carol Hancox, the school’s ICT teacher cum manager, explained that this latest addition in curriculum, dubbed by Microsoft as the Student Advantage Programme, aims to encourage the school’s core values paying special emphasis on collaboration and communication. Apart from the Year 10 and Year 9 students who have been exposed to the system, plans are being made to teach this programme to primary school students from Year 2 onwards.
The new system – an improvement over the software that the school had been using previously – will allow students to work together from home using Microsoft Office via the Internet. It will also provide students storage space through Cloud Technology to better save their school work. Parents will be given the opportunity to examine the system provided that their children are still students at ISB.
Carol said that this initiative, exclusive to ISB thus far, will equip students with 21st century skills by introducing them to software used in a typical work environment, giving them an edge in the employment market.
This particular move is also in preparation for ISB’s migration to a new location next year. The whole idea is to promote a virtual learning environment and shift from the static way of learning to one that is more in keep with globalisation.