“Through ICT, there are greater opportunities for interactive communication and exchange of information through global collaboration, authentic learning, expansion of the learning community and empowerment for all learners.” (Beliefs and Values about ICT in the PYP)
Technology includes both digital and nondigital tools and resources that facilitate and expand learning possibilities Schools provide students with multiple, authentic and purposeful opportunities to learn technology, learn about technology and learn through technology. The learning community supports students to be responsible and ethical digital citizens. (Technology in the PYP - Oct 2018)
What does the PYP say about Technology?
Though many schools teach ICT as a discrete subject, the PYP strongly emphasises that technology should also be used as a tool for learning by all teachers and students. The PYP acknowledges the transformative potential of technology, when it is used purposefully and meaningfully as a tool to facilitate learning.
An excerpt from Making The PYP Happen: The use of ICT: Can document the learning, making it available to all parties Can provide opportunities to rapid feedback and reflection Can provide access to a broad range of tools to store, organize and present their learning Encourages and allows for communication with a wide-ranging audience.
Purposeful Technology Integration and Implementation
How does technology support inquiry?
Making The PYP Happen goes on to outline the IB’s definition of inquiry learning: “Students should be invited to investigate significant issues by formulating their own questions, designing their own inquiries, assessing the various means available to support their inquiries, and proceeding with research, experimentation, observation and analysis that will help them in finding their own responses to the issues.”
In the document Good ICT Practice, the IB states that technology should be used to enhance learning, not just for its own sake. The SAMR model is an excellent point of reference when considering purposeful technology integration. Please refer to this Ed Tech 4 Beginners post: What is the SAMR model?