I’m Ms. Minu Panicker, and I am pleased to welcome you to CIS’ ICT department.
Information and Communication Technology (ICT) is influencing every aspect of human life. ICT can and will empower teachers and learners, transforming teaching and learning processes from being highly teacher-dominated to student-centered, and that this transformation will result in increased learning for students, creating and allowing opportunities for learners to develop their creativity, problem-solving abilities, informational reasoning skills, communication skills, and other higher-order thinking skills.
Information and communication technology is now a vital part of the curriculum. At CIS, we emphasize on the use of technology in all the classrooms for the students to have a perfect understanding of the subjects that they are learning. We teach our students numerous skills in computing, the various application software packages that run on them, communication devices, emerging technologies like artificial intelligence, robotics, control systems, biometrics and the effective use of all these technologies. Technology has changed over time but the concepts of presenting information, searching the reliable information, handling data and processing of data still remains the same, which is reflected in our course of study.
In the Early Years, we emphasize on getting children familiar with technology and the devices associated to it. For the first few years of our programme, students will learn how to use the equipment and software packages for specific tasks. Students are given opportunities to present their information in the form of pictures, graphics and text. Students entering the secondary school level would be able to organize, interpret and present information. In the higher levels, students are able to create different models, manipulate and analyse data , present information in different forms and also to design webpages . They also learn about the wider aspects of ICT such as networks and the different real life systems in ICT. At CIS, we engage students with lessons on online safety, ethical use of digital resources, and cyber bullying.
We use computer in a meaningful way to enhance the subject and not distract from it. We have activities that encourage students to share a computer, as it is an excellent tool for collaborative learning and higher order thinking skill. We also have activities that can be applied to a variety of situations in real life. We have two ICT rooms with more than 40 computers; all with Internet access-we use the Internet a lot! We have a good assessment scheme based on the National curriculum. We hope to conduct more competitions in ICT in the years to come.
ICT introduces children to skills and ideas for use in their private lives, their studies and the world of work. It is a subject in its own right, but it is also a tool that will be vital for them as they grow up.
Ms. Minu Panicker
Head of ICT Dept
One of the heaviest users of online tools and social media, are our young students, who are growing up as a generation of visual learners and visual attention seekers. This is the Facebook and YouTube generation, and the reality is that many teens are unconcerned about the dangers of sharing personal information online. Digital Citizenship is a concept which helps teachers, technology leaders and parents to understand what students/children/technology users should know to use technology appropriately. Digital Citizenship is more than just a teaching tool; it is a way to prepare students for a society full of technology.
We enlist all stakeholders (teachers, administrators, parents, community leaders, and students) in the discussion by showing the need for teaching Digital Citizenship. We prioritize the steps needed to integrate Digital Citizenship into the curriculum. In order to help students make use of technology for learning our school, works to help students learn how to think critically, behave safely, and participate responsibly with technology. Being a digital citizen in a community includes having e-mail etiquette, reporting and preventing cyber bullying, learning how to protect private information, etc. Students use devices whether or not it has been included in the curriculum. They are in touch with technology even after school. Therefore, it is necessary to teach them digital citizenship. Students should also be aware of the copyright laws. Copyright law protects the work of other’s from being used without permission. Students should be taught to respect other’s work over the INTERNET.
Cyber bullying is another reason for teaching digital citizenship. Students need to be respectful and kind over the INTERNET. They have to focus on good work to ensure quality time online. They have to keep their focus only on good places over the web which helps them learn good things. Students should be taught to make the right choice, when they really don’t know what they are doing is right and the after-effects of it. Therefore, we believe that digital citizenship is a mandatory lesson in ICT classrooms.
I’m Ms. Nazura Movlvi and it’s my pleasure to welcome you to the Language and Culture department at CIS.
Our Thai Language and Culture Department offers an innovative approach to the study of languages and cultures by emphasizing the necessity of tackling the study of cultures in an interdisciplinary manner, allowing a broader and deeper understanding of our society. We focus on a learner-centered approach to education wherein teachers are not just instructors, but creators of an environment in which learners learn. Students are active participants who learn the cultures through doing in as many authentic activities as is possible.
In addition to offering an in-depth cultural exploration of Thai Culture and Language, Crescent is proud to offer it’s students the option of Arabic Language as a modern foreign language. As one of the only schools in the region to offer such a program, we have restructured our hours and schedule to maximise the time and content students receive to truly develop their language skills. Our end goal is to have each of graduating students attain an IGCSE in Modern Foreign Language for either Thai or Arabic in Y11. As such, our program offers equal hours in both languages from Reception to Y3 to master the basics and form a strong foundation in both. From Y4, the material begins to require further hours of study to properly develop the skills required to become fluent speakers, readers, and writers of the languages, so students select either Thai or Arabic 4 times per week. In order to maintain the cultural development, however, all students also continue once a week with the language not selected for MFL. With this new program, Crescent is certain that we will have all of our students leaving our gates fully proficient in at least one Modern Foreign Language at the IGCSE level, in addition to English Language proficiency and cultural awareness in a third.
We are excited to announce that we have recently renovated the school and included newly themed Thai Culture & Language and Arabic classrooms for our Secondary students.
We will also be offering Thai Language and Arabic Language Clubs after school weekly for students who wish to further their communication skills in either modern foreign language beyond the school hours!
Should you have any questions about our programs, please don’t hesitate to contact me via email or set up an appointment to meet in person.
Ms. Nazura Movlvi
Head of Language and Culture
The newest addition to our curriculum program is the inclusion of Personal, Social, Health Education (PSHE). This is a subject considered mandatory for English schools, and as a British International School, we have embraced the subject and are pleased to present it in meaningful ways to our students each day.
Our primary vehicle for delivering the PSHE content is during our daily 30 minute morning Advisory periods, which have replaced the traditional “homeroom” time. During Advisory, students will explore a variety of topics through discussion, reflection, and a variety of academic activities. From Early Years to Year 11, the students will explore the 6 core themes of Enjoy & Achieve, Being Healthy, Staying Safe, Positive Contributions, Emotional Health, and Relationships. These universal themes will help our students to better equip themselves for the realities they will face both during their years at CIS, as well as in their lives upon graduation. Our Advisory teachers have been carefully selected to explore these topics with sensitivity and academic interest to best further our students understanding in the areas of personal, social, and health education.
This time will also be used to set academic and personal goals, and build individual student portfolios which will be used to track progress and growth. These portfolios will be built by students with guidance from their advisors, and then presented to parents at regular intervals during student-led conferences.