Reflection: Classroom Management, Administrative Challenges, Cyber Security & Safety
At Concordia International School Hanoi our middle school and high school students enjoy the benefits of a 1-to-1 BYOD program. This approach to classroom teaching and learning highlights the fact that our school is focused on creating a “21st century” environment with a focus on integrating technology in effective, meaningful and efficient ways in the classroom. Our administration has created a “Tech Agreement” that all students (and their parents) in middle school and high school must read and sign at the beginning of the school year.
The Tech Code can be summed up in two points:
- I commit myself to think before I act, to learn the implications of my actions, and to willingly take responsibility for my actions, including making appropriate apologies and restorations.
- I commit myself to the Golden Rule: to treat others as I would have them treat me.
There is an additional page that includes “Tech Specs” and covers the issues of respect for privacy, property, persons, Concordia, and themselves. This section includes greater detail of expectations. Our students discuss the idea of being responsible citizens through their afternoon elective “gathering” class, and expectations are clearly set out what is, and is not, acceptable conduct as it relates to the technology we use everyday. Infringing on these rules, leads to consequences, those of which all students are aware of.
I have to echo the final paragraph of the article on Cyber Safety in regards to “Parent Education”. I think it is a vital part of the process to ensure that our parents are aware, not only of the expectations for responsible and respectable tech use at school (and the consequences if their child fails to abide by them), but also understanding the term “responsible digital citizens”. Their children use technology on a daily basis inside and outside of school, and once they leave the school campus teachers and administrators have less control over their usage. Thus, parents need to also be educated on cyber safety and ensure they are also upholding their children at home to being “responsible digital citizens.”
From an administrative perspective, technology plays an integral part of communication between colleagues, and to students, parents and the greater community. Within our school grades are inputted and tracked through an in-house program called “focus”. From this program report cards are written and printed for all of our students. Schedules are created and shared (like most documents) via google drive. Moreover, most of the shared work between colleagues is done either via Google drive or the gmail platform (with a Concordia address). Our school has just begun a new process for curriculum mapping using “Atlas Rubicon”. This will be implemented at the start of the 2015-2016 academic year.