Developing media literacy in schools The use of technology in the classroom

Media competency is a skill that needs practice – inside and outside the classroom.

New developments in technology, new responsibilities for schools and teachers

Integrating the responsible and goaloriented use of media in the classroom is one of the challenges teachers are faced with today.

Our children are growing up surrounded by digital technologies and it is also the responsibility of schools to instruct students in the selection of appropriate content as well as the proficient handling of different types of media.

At SIS Swiss International School, the meaningful use of media is encouraged in various ways.

Students are guided towards awareness about the use of ICT

In SIS classrooms, ICT has long become a powerful tool in both the preparation and presentation of subject matter. More importantly, however, the focus is increasingly laid on students supporting their learning process through their own use of new technologies.

Carefully guided by their teachers, students develop critical thinking and problemsolving skills that help them select useful content from the plethora of material available online and pursue their own media-supported projects.

Creative integration and interaction with media in school

In order to create meaningful learning experiences, at SIS, media is not just used for media's sake. On the contrary, students use tablets and computers both interactively and creatively and are encouraged to decipher, reflect on and understand the different effects of media and data presentation.

New media present an abundance of new learning opportunities, and it is up to schools to teach students how to seize them in a responsible, critical, yet creatively joyful manner.

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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