Technology & Innovation
At VSA, technology has evolved beyond what we integrate into the curriculum [in order] to fully unleash students’ potential in innovation. To achieve this, we invest significant resources in developing and training staff to deliver a comprehensive programme. Overall it promotes deeper learning and equips students to be problem solvers, innovators, industry leaders on a global scale.”
Dr. Maggie Koong, Head of Academy
Technology provides us with valuable opportunities to enhance student learning and teaching effectiveness. Digital literacy encompasses the use of a wide range of digital tools, media and learning environment to provide opportunities for the transformation of teaching and learning, enabling students to investigate, create, communicate, collaborate, organize and be responsible digital citizens while navigating their own learning. Through the effective use of technology, learners develop and apply strategies for critical and creative thinking, engage in inquiry, make connections, and apply new understandings and skills in different contexts. VSA students take part in a Digital Citizenship programme to equip them with the necessary skills and attitudes to help them become responsible and productive global citizens.
Features of our digital literacy programme include:
- Just in time connection through wireless internet access and a high ratio of iPads, desktops and laptops in every classroom
- 1 to 1 MacBook Programme in MYP & DP
- Digital literacy coaches who work with students and staff in classrooms and the ICT Hub
- Technology to capture, explore, reflect and assess learning at VSA
- Digital portfolios that evidence learning and understanding
Design Thinking equips individuals to solve complex problems and build innovative solutions through developing revolutionary ways of thinking. VSA is at the forefront of incorporating Design Thinking into the curriculum from Year 1 upwards in the next school year, training students as young as age 6 to think as designers and problem solvers and equip them to become future leaders.
Using the Design Thinking process, we emphasise with users , defined their needs and problems , ideated (challenged assumptions and created ideas for innovative solutions, prototyped and tested their solutions).
At VSA the school libraries are central to learning and play a key role as places for encouraging passion, innovation, curiosity, and problem solving. Our skilled library staff work in partnership with teachers and students to develop key research skills that they will use in their units of inquiry and major pieces of work including the PYP Exhibition, MYP personal project and the DP extended essay. At VSA we are committed to bilingualism and we have a large collection of more than 100,000 items including English and Chinese fiction and non-fiction books, journal subscriptions, databases, periodicals, magazines and multimedia tools. The library’s online catalogue and e-resources are available to students anytime via our school portal system. Our school libraries are an important part of school life and reflect and welcome the whole VSA community.
#VSAHKG is celebrating the World Book and Copyright Day this week to encourage everyone to enjoy reading! Apart from a reading session in the morning, teachers and students dressed up as book characters to make the activities more interesting. Let’s drop everything and READ! pic.twitter.com/AKlmwDk041— Victoria Shanghai Academy (@VSAHKG) April 22, 2021