Technology at ISKR

Vision

Recognizing that we live in a technology-driven information age, ISKR students will become proficient and safe users of technology to allow them to demonstrate the characteristics of an ISKR learner (Internationally-minded, Principled, Responsible, Caring, Creative, Inquirers, Communicators, Collaborators, Knowledgeable, Resilient).  We also recognize that, for most of our students, technology is a tool for learning rather an end in itself.

Technology has the potential to enhance both the academic and working environments at ISKR.  In addition, it has the power to unify the school community by connecting staff, students, parents and community members through its communication network.

The ISKR community believes:

  • Technology is a tool that enhances and diversifies teaching, learning, communication, and productivity.
  • Technology is a tool that enables Blended Learning and continuity in education in case of emergency school closure.
  • All students and staff shall have equal access to technology and shall receive support in the use of that technology through ongoing teaching and training.
  • The integration of technology into all academic areas promotes the development of skills critical to college and career success while encouraging students’ lifelong learning.
  • The dynamic nature of technology requires that the school’s technology vision be consistently monitored and updated to maximize its effectiveness.

Student Access to Technology

Our belief in the importance of integrating technology into all academic areas means students will be using technology in lessons specific to ICT, but also lessons taught by classroom teachers in other subjects. Technology avaliable at ISKR includes Chromebooks, Macbooks, ipads, and desktop computers found in the Media Center. Most classrooms are also equipped with touchscreen Promethean Boards (Smart Boards).

Grades 8-12

Grades 8-12 participate in a Bring Your Own Device Program (BYOD) that is standard in many international schools around the world. We request that each student be provided with a personal laptop. Specifications and guidelines for parents are provided upon admissions.

Grades 5-7

Students in Grades 5-7 are provided with a classroom set of Chromebooks used throughout the year and for individual coursework, particularly in Google Classroom.

Grades 1-4

Students in Grades 1-4 are provided with a classroom set of ipads. These ipads are more suitable for technology tasks within Seesaw.

EC2-Kindergarten

Our students in Early Childhood have access to ipads, but these devices are used sparingly and only to support curriculum activities.

Technology Platforms & Links

Google Suite for Education – We are proudly a Google school, using the Google Suite for Education in classrooms and beyond. This includes Google classroom used in Grades 3-12, a platform for managing student assignments and communication between students and teachers. Other apps used regularly by teachers, students and staff are Google Drive, Google Docs, Google Sheets, Google Calendar, Gmail, etc.

Seesaw (EC-G8) – Seesaw is a web-based app designed to bridge communication between school and home through digital student portfolios that can only be seen by designated teachers, students, and parents. Teachers from EC2-Grade 8 will use Seesaw to communicate. Some examples of ways teachers will use Seesaw are: photos of classroom activities, individual student assessments, and for individual and group assignments. Seesaw is also an easy way to send text based messages between school and home. All parents are required to sign up for Seesaw if they do not already have an account. Further information about the  Seesaw app and a free download are located at: https://web.seesaw.me/

Our Commitment to Digital Citizenship

The International School of Kigali-Rwanda (ISKR) believes that Information & Communication Technology (ICT) plays an essential role in inspiring learners to lead healthy, fulfilling and purposeful lives, and to prepare them to adapt and contribute responsibly to our changing world. The purpose and use of the ISKR internet, network, programs/apps and devices (ISKRNET) must be to support the mission and educational goals of ISKR. Students at ISKR are required to take personal responsibility for using ISKRNET in an appropriate way. Access to ISKRNET is provided to students in their roles at ISKR. Users are expected to abide by generally accepted digital citizenship etiquette, and act in accordance with the ISKR Mission.

Students in Grades 3-12 sign a Digital Citizenship Agreement each year they attend ISKR. More information can be provided by the ICT Coordinator.

Contact the ICT department at technology@iskr.org for more information.


William Ndala Kadima

Information Technology Technician
wndala@iskr.org
Computer Science of Management in Analysis and Programming – Computer School Management of the Ministry of Finance, in Kinshasa, the Dem. Rep. of Congo.

In addition to studying programming, I have become more and more interested in Networking, Servers and security. I am originally from Kinshasa, the Democratic Republic of Congo. I first came to Rwanda in 2009 to teach music. In 2010, I began working as as an IT Engineer, first as independent consultant and then for Symphony Rwanda Ltd where I  increased and improved my experience in the IT field. I like traveling and discovering new people and places, visiting friends and family wherever I can.