As part of our commitment to prepare our students to lead in an ever-changing world, Bahrain Bayan School is advancing digital learning across campus. The target is to utilize devices and software that assist in learning. Each grade level has been targeted differently and an overall plan was set out for the school.
In the year 2015-2016, Bahrain Bayan School received a Google Education license that enabled the school to use Google applications and features such as unlimited online storage and numerous free apps, which included Google Classroom an online learning platform that allows direct teacher-student communication inside and outside the classroom and improved collaboration among students. The switch from Moodle to Google Classroom was official for the 2016-2017 school year.
Apps and other software have been used for in class exercises and feedback. Quick assessments are important to identify student levels and help teachers assign differentiated tasks to target each student level. A number of apps, websites and other software have been used for this purpose giving teachers the ability to achieve differentiation and quick assessments on student levels of understanding, this has completely changed the learning environment and has successfully improved student achievement.
All student data are digitized through (PowerSchool). Teachers access student records for period-wise attendance, tardiness and grades. These records are published daily to a Parent Portal accessible to parents using a secure system. Flags are enabled for parents when grade levels go down and many other features allow this data management software to be useful for faculty, students and parents alike.
Bahrain Bayan School is one of the few schools in Bahrain with such technological advancements and our faculty is committed to providing our students with technology-integrated, immersive, 21st century learning.
The type of devices introduced at each level have been carefully chosen. Preschool and Primary school have been using iPads. Teachers have access to an unquantifiable amount of educational apps, content and material for all areas of learning from kindergarten through grade 5 , in order to maximize the potential of the iPad program as a collaborative teaching tool. In line with that, the primary computer lab is equipped with iMacs that complete the Apple iOS experience.
BYOL was introduced in our Secondary School program where grades 6-12 students are encouraged to bring personal laptops to enhance student learning. Both Microsoft and Apple platforms were accepted. This move was very important to the online-learning platform introduction, and students were expected to have a laptop available at all times for in class online assignments and assessments. In addition to that, each student has been given a school email account through Gmail that provided them access to Google Drive with unlimited online storage, and enabled them to share and collaborate files and folders using Google Apps such as Docs, Sheets, Slides, and Forms in real-time.
In 2015, the tablet program was introduced to 6th grade; where students were given school tablets fully equipped with software and a dashboard linked to their accounts and digital textbooks. This was another form of support from the school to develop the BYOL culture and familiarize students with the concept and its necessity.
All of our classes are equipped with an interactive white boards, projectors, sound systems, and a dock for the teacher's laptops. This allows free mobility for teachers to move between classrooms with full connection and access to their own material.
Bahrain Bayan School is one of the few schools in Bahrain with such technological advancements, in which our faculty is committed to providing our students with tech-integrated lessons, we are committed to 21st century learning.
A report posted by the US government in dec 2013 stated that By 2020, an estimated one million computer programming jobs in the U.S. will go unfilled, according to the U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics. This is a fact that will be evident in countries around the globe and Programming will be a fundamentally required skill for many jobs.
In line with this trend, Bayan School decided to introduce the Robotics program in 2013 making it the first school in the country to integrate robotics into the curriculum. The robotics curriculum now extends from grade 3 - 12. The completion of the first dedicated robotics lab in 2016 was one of the big milestones for this signature program.
Robotics has truly become one of our signature programs!
Technology is ever changing and our needs continue to change as well. Allignment of emerging technologies with new needs requires a continuous plan to expose, develop, learn, and train.
ASB unplugged is one of the strongest forums that bring leaders in education together providing a hub of ideas, support, and training unmatched anywhere in the world. Through the strong support of the Proffesional development coordinator, Bayan has been able to participate every year since 2014 with a growing number of faculty and staff participants.
Throughout the year, the I.T. Department has been organizing countless training and informational sessions with the support of the Professional development coordinator to help and support faculty and staff with the emerging and newly required classroom technologies. Ranging from group sessions, 1:1 sessions, documents, and video, which is available for this purpose.