SIS News Archive
Here are the highlights in the Horizon Report and links to the projects. To download the report click here
Also ranked highly by all panels was rethinking how schools work, a mid-term impact trend that is expected to transform learning spaces and school days throughout international schools in Asia. Emerging teaching strategies are inspiring the renovation of classrooms in order to foster more group interaction and teamwork. The Level 5 project at Shekou International Schools, for example, has converted a floor level of offices into one flexible space, designed to be open, agile, and modular. With moveable chairs, couches, desks, and storage units, learning that happens in the classroom is more fluid, adapting to the learning style of any given activity.
Shift to Deep Learning Approaches p.5
There is a growing emphasis in the classroom on deep learning approaches, defined as the delivery of rich core content to students in innovative ways that allow them to learn and then apply what they have learned.12 Project-based learning, challenge-based learning, and similar student-centred methods are becoming more pervasive throughout Asia. A group of international school educators has founded one such active learning approach called AMPed, which requires students to dig deep and pursue their learning with purpose. Student projects include a wide range of experimental, aerial, and craftbased activities.
Creating Authentic Learning Opportunities p.7
Authentic learning is still all too uncommon in schools. Pedagogies based on authentic learning immerse students in real world experiences and put them in touch with the outside world. The annual Week Without Walls event at Shekou International School encourages students to go off campus to learn through collaboration and service with the greater community.20 The school has also established a partnership with Tencent, an entertainment company based in China, to provide short-term internships for students that include designing characters for video games and producing audio for an animated feature.
3D Printing in Practice p.9
Fourth graders at Shekou International School used 3D printers to produce jewellery designs and displayed them at a local art exhibition: go.nmc.org/clip
Makerspaces in Practice p.11
Level 5, a new space for creativity and design established by International Schools Services, aims to unleash students' creative potential and provide opportunities for teachers to experiment with emerging pedagogies: go.nmc.org/lev5
Wearable Technology in Practice p.16
Shekou International School ensures that their students move 240 minutes a week with MinZ, a workout program that uses strapped-on sensors to monitor the participant's activity and quantifies their movement: go.nmc.org/minz