Vision


The vision of ISB's 21st century literacy curriculum seeks to enable and complement the transportable gifts of intellectual development, meta-cognition and cross-cultural understanding. This achieved through the authentic application and use of 21st century literacy skills embedded throughout core curriculum. Each aspect of the 21st century vision for our learners supports these transportable gifts, through our definition of the 21st Century Learner.vision_and_isb21.png

Mission


The mission of 21st century literacy education at ISB is to prepare students to meet the demands brought on by our rapidly changing global community. In order to meet this goal it is essential that we continually seek out and embed innovative strategies, emerging technologies and a variety of information sources into our learning environments. With technological change happening at exponential rates, students need to be able to independently learn, unlearn, and relearn in order to be successful in the future (and the "now"). Becoming an independent learner is at the core of ISB's vision for learning.

It is our goal in developing an integrated curriculum that we ensure that the way our students learn with technology and information agrees with the way that they live with it.

Collaboration


As exemplary professionals, the ISB21 team collaborates with core subject teachers to determine the most appropriate, relevant and authentic approach to teaching and learning that embeds 21st century literacy skills. Through these collaborations, teaching and learning at ISB infuses authentic learning experiences which embed ISB's 21st Century Enduring Understandings. Recognizing the international nature of our student population, the infusion of 21st century literacy reflects "the changing information landscape of the 21st Century" in order to deepen the curriculum to emphasize these attributes.

Core Beliefs


The future demands that:
  • Students learn that efficient gathering, processing, evaluating, and presentation of information is an essential skill for all,
  • Students be well prepared for the technology related demands found in higher education and in the workplace.

To meet this demand, information technology will be:

Authentically embedded in the ISB curriculum
The key to successfully teaching and learning information technology skills is the total integration into relevant and meaningful curricular contexts. Teachers do not supplant the teaching of other academic areas to “do technology” but instead use technology to better teach the other academic areas.

Supported by teaching and learning that emphasizes:
  • Best practices in technology education, including collaborative learning and problem solving
  • Increased opportunities for students to reach their academic potential through active learning
  • Accommodation of diverse learning styles and provision for a wide variety of choice for individualized learning experiences
  • Intelligent use of technology to positively affect student attitude, cognition, and achievement
  • Intelligent use of technology to inspire learning
  • Connections and collaboration among students, faculty, administrators, parents, and the community at large
  • A challenge to students to use technology to become adaptable problem solvers and life-long learners in pursuit of personal achievement and excellence
  • Technology use at ISB is based upon the believe that teachers do not supplant the teaching of basic academics to “do technology,” but rather use technology to better teach academic content
  • ISB graduates will be comfortable and proficient in using technology in all forms
  • Faculty will leverage technology and have the skills necessary to utilize them for the process of effective education
  • We challenge students to establish a critical awareness of the benefits of technology, and the moral and ethical issues related to it
  • Technology empowers students to take command of their learning and motivates them to be lifelong learners