Becoming Digitally Literate: IT for Kindergarten and Primary School Introducing the SIS IT Curriculum

SIS Swiss International Schools teach new IT curriculum

Four strands of information technology

IT is rapidly advancing, with the digital world having become an integral part of our daily lives. In order to structurally equip students with the necessary skills in this forward-looking field, SIS has developed an own IT curriculum. It is founded on four strands, i.e. digital technology, programming, media, communication and e-safety. It will be implemented at all SIS schools in kindergarten and primary school as of now, involving work with tablets, laptops and robots.

Of Bee-Bots and Blue-Bots

The new curriculum seeks to empower students to create high quality products and develop computational thinking. Furthermore, it encourages students to become creative, safe, responsible and critical users of information technology. In the strand of programming, students will learn how to program computers and robots. Bee-Bots and Blue-Bots, small, exciting and easy-to-operate robots, allow children as early as in kindergarten to acquire IT knowledge in a fun and playful manner.

Investing in the future

In short, the IT curriculum aims to develop students' understanding and ability to assess the opportunities and risks of the digital world. In order to successfully introduce the new curriculum, SIS has invested in new infrastructure and in thorough training of its teaching staff. As such, SIS is confident to thereby step and most importantly, invest in the future: our children.

 

 

Author: Andrea Furgler

Andrea Furgler is the CEO of Swiss International Schools Schweiz AG. SIS operates 16 bilingual, private day schools in Switzerland, Germany and Brazil with more than 3,700 students attending classes from kindergarten through to college.

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