Technology is ubiquitous, touching almost every part of our lives, our communities, our homes. Yet most schools in Pakistan lag far behind when it comes to integrating technology into classroom learning. Many are just beginning to explore the true potential tech offers for teaching and learning. Properly used, technology will help students acquire the skills they need to survive in a complex, highly technological knowledge-based economy.
At The Learning Tree, effective tech integration is happening across the curriculum in ways that research shows deepen and enhance the learning process. In particular, it supports four key components of learning: active engagement, participation in groups, frequent interaction and feedback, and connection to real-world experts. Effective technology integration is achieved when the use of technology is routine and transparent and when technology supports curricular goals. We truly believe that this is the case at TLT.
Our faculty believes that technology-enabled project learning is a vital component of classroom instruction. Learning through projects while equipped with technology tools allows students to be intellectually challenged while providing them with a realistic snapshot of what the modern office looks like. Through projects, students acquire and refine their analysis and problem-solving skills as they work individually and in teams to find, process, and synthesize information they've found online.
New tech tools for visualizing and modeling, especially in the sciences, offer students ways to experiment and observe phenomenon and to view results in graphic ways that aid in understanding. And, as an added benefit, with technology tools and a project-learning approach, students are more likely to stay engaged and on task, reducing behavioral problems in the classroom.
Technology also changes the way teachers teach, offering educators effective ways to reach different types of learners and assess student understanding through multiple means. It also enhances the relationship between teacher and student. When technology is effectively integrated into subject areas, teachers grow into roles of adviser, content expert, and coach. Technology helps make teaching and learning more meaningful and fun.
We have invested a tremendous amount of resources into making The Learning Tree a 21st Century Learning Environment and enhancing our Five Minds for the Future. Our state of the art computer lab is not only home to our ICT courses but provides a valuable space for students and teachers to collaborate across disciplines to not only produce visually appealing and engaging final products but more importantly, provides students with the opportunity to collaborate during the critical research, problem solving, synthesizing and creative stages of any given task. Our investment in hand-held tablets brings the world into the classroom with a simple touch and swipe – no longer are we relegated to what we know but we can clearly identify what we don’t know and easily access a universe of knowledgeright at our fingertips.
TLT at QuickSchools | School Management System - Online software to track student information and connect with parents
In 2016, we brought Quickschools® on line in order to have seamless and real time access and communication between administrators, teachers, students and parents. Quickschools is a robust student management system that has some terrific features – gradebook, attendance, student and parent portals, classroom discussions, and private messaging. At TLT, we want to build a solid partnership between school and home and Quickschools is one of the most effective ways to do so.
Take a few minutes to investigate some of the incredible uses of technology being utilized by our talented teachers and equally brilliant students.