We welcome Mr. Chin Sinn as our new technology teacher/network administrator this year at FBCS! Mr. Chin Sinn is a veteran teacher with many years in education, technology, and administration. Mr. Chin Sinn holds a Masters Degree in Education, and is a great asset to our school leadership team.
We are excited about our technology program and are constantly expanding this to all subject areas so that technology skills are embedded in the curriculum. While typing skills form a strong foundation in our program, students also are learning a range of new and important skills. Students are learning how to hold a video conference, and will be collaborating with other schools in Cayman and around the world to share information, projects and ideas. Students have enjoyed a flight simulation program that we have added this year, and also a set of ipad3’s. The ipads are super for a video conference, and while older students are doing this and using the ipads for other applications, the younger children have been using the ipad apps that review addition and subtraction tables. It is great to see how quickly children learn to use this technology, and how intuitive it is for many younger children who have been exposed to this at a young age.
The technology curriculum follows the standards set out by the ISTE, and can be found here http://www.iste.org/standards/nets-for-students/nets-student-standards-2007.
The basis for our philosophy of 21st Century learning can be found here http://www.p21.org/overview/skills-framework
Some helpful sites for parents are below:
For internet safety http://www.netsmartz.org/Parents
For interesting articles on technology and education
Some fun sites for kids:
Programming – http://scratch.mit.edu/
Online Story writing site http://storybird.com/
And search for these other sites:
Brainpop, Slime kids, Wonderopolis, Spelling City, wordle, pbskids, science made simple, how stuff works, math.com, visual thesaurus, pivot, fraboom, gknowledge, toy theater, little bird tales, nbc learn, story time for me, dropbox, google earth, glogster edu