Education is one of the most important fields that need to capitalize on modern technology. The seamless marriage of these two only ever means better convenience for teachers and students.
In the international baccalaureate, technological innovations are arguably necessary simply because of the nature of the said education program. Globalization is at its centre, and if there is one aspect of today’s technology that complements this, it is the way it encourages interconnectivity.
However, that is just the tip of the iceberg, to say the least. With the opportunities unlocked in the classroom by augmented reality, artificial intelligence, cloud computing, visual, machine learning, and visualisation tools, one can only imagine the limitless potential for improving education that these technologies bring. Their effects are arguably already being felt because the impact of technology is profound and all-encompassing. And we seek to illustrate this by outlining just how it is transforming IB education.
1. It is encouraging more international schools worldwide to enrich creativity and innovative thinking among their students.
What better way to immerse students in the boons of technology than by stimulating innovative thinking?
Nowadays, plenty of international schools that offer their respective International Baccalaureate Programmes are adopting these stances. And why not? In a world poised to enjoy the fruits of the technologies mentioned above, there will never be a shortage for luminous minds with ideas that will unlock the true capabilities of those technologies.
The depth and personalisation that characterises international baccalaureate education only makes it a fitting subfield education in which these seeds should be sown. IB education has the inherent intent of shaping the individual as a whole, and many can attest to its inimitable benefits. The level of education the student receives is unmatched; although the challenges are obviously just as lofty. But, in the end, as many can attest, they are all worth it.
In Singapore, plenty of international schools that are undeniably innovation-oriented are Nexus international school and GEMS World Academy. Both are recognised as truly world-class international schools that exemplify what IB education is all about. This could not be more apparent in the unique ways that these educational institutions are educating their students.
What’s certain is that technology is almost always at the forefront of their teaching process, which also has a tendency to be holistic in nature; holistic in such a way that the education of the student continues well beyond the classroom through myriad co-curricular activities that are not only engaging but fosters creativity, too.
2. Schools are now more open to using learning management tools to aid and enhance their teaching.
These tools, after all, have been proven to help ensure the student’s educational progress. In IB programmes, students normally have what is called an IB learner profile, which in essence serves as a looking-glass through which they and their teachers can immediately view their progress not only in academics but in other “human capacities and responsibilities” as well.
These, besides multilingualism, serve as the core tenets of IB education. In short, these management tools benefit IB education on a fundamental level, which is virtually what every educational innovation should aim for. Not only do they save the teacher plenty of time but they also actively enhance both teaching and learning in any kind of IB school.
How do they manage to achieve this? Well, most are designed with modern pedagogy in mind. They, more or less, tackle the issues that limit and make IB education more difficult for all involved (namely the administrators, teachers, students, and parents). This could not be more apparent in the basic features of LMS designed for IB education specifically:
- Most are able to serve as platforms through which smooth and ready communication can be achieved between everyone. This is unsurprising as plenty of IB-based learning management systems are centred around improving communication and collaboration.
- Conducting student assessments, tracking attendance, and any other school activity, co-curricular or otherwise, are made possible and easy.
- Any kind of IB report needed to be made can be generated based on the data available in the LMS.
-Curriculums, facilitating documents, and even lessons can be stored in the LMS and shared in the classroom or the entire school community in no time.
3. International schools in Singapore are now starting to rely a lot on online and digital resources to improve the student’s overall learning experience.
Nexus international school is an Apple Distinguished School, an accolade given only to schools that welcome innovation. They are known for using a unique teaching model called Substitution, Augmentation, Modification, and Redefinition (SAMR). It allows learners to research topics with remarkable speeds and makes online collaboration always possible.
The school is also open to using apps that use augmented reality in various classes to really heighten the immersion of the students. These apps, in turn, also make group discussions interactive and fun. The same openness to technology is apparent in GEMS World Academy, as is evident in the testimonials of its students and the plethora of novel, tech-centric workshops it is actively hosting and conducting.
4. Artificial intelligence and machine learning are beginning to change the landscape, too.
What had been deemed as science fiction in the past is now a bonafide reality in plenty of classrooms thanks to the advent of AI and machine learning. While these two technologies are arguably more impactful on education as a whole, their effects on IB education could not be denied.
Even as we write this, AI systems are now being used in IB classrooms to assess the activities and performances of individual students. This, in turn, allows them to dispense highly personalised feedback that is only crucial to ensuring the development of the learner as a whole. As said above, this is the ultimate goal of most IB education, and it is apparent that AI is the key to not only make it a possibility but a certainty.
Although it is relatively still in its infancy stages and is utilized in a fairly limited number of educational institutions, the fact that AI-driven educational solutions will become readily available in the future is already a good sign that it is paving the way towards the continuous improvement of IB education and education in general.
Machine learning, on the other hand, has proven to be very effective when applied as a way to enhance memorisation and other processes involved in studying. Interactive textbooks powered by this technology only boost these advantages further for they are comparatively more engaging for most students.
There is only route IB education is headed thanks to these innovations, and it’s not bound to change any time soon. This will only be good for the regular IB student, first, because it equips him with necessary future-oriented knowledge and makes him adaptable to innovations, ultimately making him more open-minded. This fulfills, without a doubt, plenty of the main tenets of international baccalaureate education.
Furthermore, as technologies like AI and software like learning management tools continue to evolve and be subsequently applied to IB settings, it will only have a direct effect on the quality of education that he will be receiving in IB schools that implement them. How so? These technologies analyse the performance of the student in a highly personalised and in-depth manner, boost collaboration between teachers and students, and make references and learning resources always within arm’s reach.
This is why it’s safe to say that it’s solely a question of when these technologies will begin to permeate IB education completely. Their advantages are just too good - too revolutionary - to miss out on.
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