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The mastering of Information and Communication Technology (ICT) is a set of essential learning skills which we feel indispensable for today's young people.
It is important to master these tools to prevent them from mastering us!
BIS employs modern computing technology, offers professional development to its staff and integrates ICT into learning programmes and projects. Specifically, ICT classes are offered across the curriculum, the B2i (French ICT certificate for schools) is prepared annually and BIS participates in the European “Safer Internet Day”.
All classrooms from Early Learning through to Secondary are equipped with computers and interactive whiteboards (IWB). The IWB is particularly suitable for active and bilingual education because it facilitates and develops participation, manipulation, motivation and communication.
Each section also has access to laptop computers for class projects. BIS introduces the use of interactive tablets, particularly for differentiation, but this usage remains moderate.
Since 2011, the school has been using a digital workspace (Espace Numérique de Travail - ENT), accessible only to the members of the school community, which makes BIS a totally secure "virtual school" site. All members have an access code to the ENT, which supports classroom activities and general information. This work platform integrates many digital services, both educational and informative.
Our ENT contains "group workspaces" dedicated to each project or each class (in Secondary), which are used to share written, visual or audio files thereby promoting an online collaboration between the classroom and home.
Hosted by the ENT, our Virtual Media Center (VMC) is available to students and teachers who can access specific libraries containing links that guide both class and individual research.
The ENT centralizes information on the life and activities of the school (also presented on the home page). It therefore provides an effective communication tool within the school community.
Workshops on the use of the ENT are offered to parents at the beginning of the year and are renewable upon request.
Secondary students and their parents have access to homework, grades and "weekly emails" through the ENT which provides constant feedback on student progress.