At Tesla, the integration of technology is an essential aspect of our vision to enable each student to meet the challenges, shape the future, and succeed in a rapidly changing world. We believe that technology integration into the curriculum improves students’ learning processes, outcomes, and also creates pathways for differentiated instruction to meet the unique needs of every student in the community.
In accordance with modern research, our goal is to leverage technology as a resource and problem-solving tool to enhance traditional effective instructional strategies. Our teachers strive to provide interactive, individual and collaborative activities that require our students to explore, analyze, and make informed decisions about communicating their understandings on appropriate digital platforms.
In line with the environmental and instructional priorities outlined in Tesla Approaches to Learning, technology and interactive multimedia provide the foundation for our transdisciplinary, project-based approach to student achievement. We are focused on engagement and giving students the opportunities to become creators, critics, and navigators of their own learning process.
In addition to the benefits of technology enhancing the written curriculum, it also provides students with specific skills necessary in the 21st century global community:
In order to implement our commitment to technology integration, students in lower primary (KG – G2) are provided with Tablets in the classroom and beginning with Grade 3, Tesla has initiated a Bring Your Own Device (BYOD) policy. In order for students to develop the skills necessary to apply technology across the curriculum they also participate in Information and Communication Technology (ICT) courses. These courses also provide a dedication digital citizenship program as well as the introduction to computer science and coding.
In addition, teachers utilize learning management systems (LMS) to improve parent-teacher communication and make student learning more visible. Lower primary students interact with SeeSaw while the upper primary students utilize Google Classroom to help parents follow their weekly expectations and allow them greater flexibility in how they demonstrate their understanding.
These learning management systems provide direct connections to other online support programs such as: