It’s no secret – the real and digital divide between classrooms is becoming blurred as more technology is increasingly used in education. According to Edudemic and Open Colleges, the top three reasons teachers utilize technology in the classroom include:
- 76%: Adapt to diverse learning styles
- 76%: Enhance the material being taught
- 77%: Boost student motivation
At Meritas, the future is now. We take pride in empowering our students with the latest technology to enhance their learning experiences. Beyond that, technology helps students learn skills needed in the 21st century workforce and provides them with global connections to prepare them for the global workforce. Below, we’ve outlined some specifics of how some of our schools are utilizing technology in the classroom.
Touchpoints: This program brings the world to your child and helps them to develop critical thinking skills. Each of our 10 schools is equipped with video conference capabilities, and, every year, our teachers choose a major topic for discussion during what we call Meritas Touchpoints. Through these sessions, students are able to make rich connections and friendships around the world while also developing in-depth global perspectives. Across our 10 schools, we have approximately 200 teachers who participate in Touchpoints. Some of those teachers instruct more than one class, so, in total, we have approximately 280 classes and about 4,800 – 5,000 students from around the world that participate in the program!
Wikis: Each class between grades 2 and 8 creates a wiki where they post information and chat with students at other schools in the Meritas family. Students talk about what they are studying, learn about other cultures and stay in touch with students they’ve met at other international events hosted by Meritas.
At our Collège du Léman School (Geneva Switzerland): At Collège du Léman, iPads are used across the curricula, from language and math to music and science. iPads allow for addressing multiple intelligences (visual, hearing, kinesthetic, etc.). The devices also offer teachers immediate and easy ways to teach differently and evolve lessons so they are most effective for students. By using polling apps, students can provide immediate feedback from a lesson. This helps teachers to react and adapt more quickly. School staff has also noticed students making progress in conceptual thinking by using mind maps, in critical thinking by using annotating tools, and improvement of expressing ideas in front groups by using podcasting apps.