Language immersion, global competence, and vibrant professional learning communities (PLCs) enhance student learning at John Stanford International School.
Though the focus is on foreign language immersion using communication technology is also seen as being an integral part of becoming a glbally competent student.
Note the following excerpt from "Educating for Global Competence: Preparing our Youth to Engage in the World...". This is from the section on key concepts to include in the curriculum:
"Learning through international collaboration.
Videoconferencing, social networking, and other communication technologies now allow students unprecedented opportunities to investigate issues of global significance with students around the world—much the way working professionals now operate in global teams. There are a great many ways to structure such interactions among students, from scientific collaborations on shared databases to collaborative artistic endeavors. Opportunities for students to learn from adults worldwide through virtual connections are also widely accessible through universities, learned organizations, nonprofits, and businesses. As just one example practicable almost anywhere, inviting community members into a school to share the multinational origins of everyday retail products can be an eye-opening experience for students." pg 94
Further, among the competencies included in the Profile of an Asia Society International Studies Schools Network (ISSN) High School is to able to use digital media and technology to access and evaluate information from around the world and effectively communicate, synthesize and create new knowledge.