We are proud to announce that Sotogrande International School (SIS) has been reaccredited as an Apple Distinguished School for 2018- 2021. The Apple Distinguished School designation is reserved for schools that meet criteria for innovation, leadership, and educational excellence and demonstrate a clear vision of exemplary learning environments. Apple Distinguished Schools demonstrate the use of Apple hardware, apps, and content to promote creativity, collaboration, innovation, and critical thinking to transform learning and teaching.
SIS use Apple technology to help deliver the school’s educational goal of creating extraordinary educational experiences which help learners connect with their unique gifts and talents. They operate a 1 to 1 iPad programme in the primary school, allowing their youngest learners to explore technology and to choose different ways to capture their learning and a 1 to 1 MacBook programme in secondary, enabling students to further develop their skills and learn about industry level programmes through the curriculum. All teaching staff and classrooms are fully equipped with the latest Apple technology and the school has 4 dedicated Mac Labs and other shared areas equipped with Mac minis, thus empowering students and teachers to be creative and explore learning in an interactive and different way.
Head of Information Technology
Head of Music, Apple Distinguished Educator
SIS NGO Coordinator, The Kindred Project
“As a community of learners, we lead the way in using technology to empower our students. This helps them to be IT literate and thus have more choices about how, when, and where they learn, collaborate and communicate best. In short to help them to become more effective learners.
Our technology has allowed us as a community to significantly increase the use of digital solutions for promoting creativity, collaboration, feedback and co-construction in the learning process. Our students are involved in many collaborative real-world engagement projects where technology plays an important part. In this way, social awareness of helping others is developed throughout the community.
As an international school, we are also developing the curriculum to include the ‘language of the future’ Coding. This is now being taught across the entire school, enhancing our students’ critical thinking and problem-solving skills.”
“As we discover more about the digital world our children have been born into, we learn more about the most effective uses of technology as a tool for learning. Indeed, caution must be taken whilst we find out more about the effects of screentime, social media and device addiction on young minds. However, banning and prohibitions have little success rate in the past and, I believe, would be counter-productive in this case. Instead, as educators, our role is to encourage content creators, not consumers, to become responsible digital citizens, to teach key skills in self-regulation and an awareness of an everlasting digital footprint. For this reason, technology and using devices should not be taught alone, like the old days, instead embraced and seamlessly integrated into subjects to access, enhance, and amplify learning.”
“From an NGO perspective, the use of technology opens a huge window of opportunity for the development work we do, supporting our efforts to increase the quality and access to education for our local and global community partners. In terms of creating and sharing content with our partners that have limited or no access to the Internet, the use of iPads and iBooks is allowing teachers and students to access learning assets anytime and anywhere; a transformational opportunity. In brief, the use of technology is truly enabling and empowering our students to use education as a force for good in the world.”