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UWCSEA's approach to the use of technology is based on a large body of research that clearly shows the benefits of the use of technology to support learning. Our College learning principles and the UWCSEA profile provide ample guidance in developing pedagogically-driven uses of technology for all ages of students across the academic programme and beyond.

UWCSEA is a 1:1 school, with students in the Infant and lower Junior School using iPads and other handheld devices, moving in Grade 4 and 5 to a school-provided laptop which the student uses in the classroom for the duration of the year. In Grades 6 and above students have their own laptop. All teachers and students have the support of dedicated Digital Literacy Coaches, as well as in-house IT Support. For full details of this provision please click here. The cost of the provision of technology at UWCSEA is included in the school fees.

Digital literacy coaches and technology mentors lead technology integration; you can see their postings on the technology blogs linked to the right. 

A significant portion of our programme is spent addressing education and issues around digital citizenship and e-safety, and we are part of an international accreditation system, Generation Safe, to help ensure that we are offering comprehensive support in this important area. 

While technology definitely improves learning, our recent student, parent and staff surveys show that distraction is the single biggest negative impact of technology in the classrooms. Developing strategies for dealing with distraction and managing the impact of the easy availability of devices is another core focus for us at UWCSEA. Technology is important, but only as long as it supports learning.

Apple Distinguished School

UWCSEA was recognised as an Apple Distinguished School for 2013–2016 for its strong focus on pedagogy and teacher practice within a technology-rich learning environment. The Apple Distinguished School designation is reserved for programmes that meet criteria for innovation, leadership, and educational excellence, and demonstrate Apple’s vision of exemplary learning environments. Read more about how we achieved this via the links below:

Visionary leadership

Innovative teaching and learning

Ongoing professional development

Evidence of success

UWCSEA was also the inaugural winner of the 21st Century School of the Year Award in December 2013. The award, which is sponsored globally by Pearson, is designed to recognize schools who excel in their use of technologies to support student learning.

 

 
 

Tech Hub

Information for UWCSEA parents and teachers

UWCSEA community IT support

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Technology blogs

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