International School Ho Chi Minh City (ISHCMC) in Vietnam has newly built facilities include an indoor gymnasium, a 25 meter, six lane swimming pool, and a large outdoor pitch with artificial grass playing surface.
The refurbished Early Explorer and Kindergarten classrooms are purpose built for ages 2 to 5 years and boast revolutionary high-performance air filtration systems. ISHCMC’s youngest learners strive in a safe and secure environment while breathing the purest of air. The air quality within these classrooms has measured the equivalent of Canadian rainforests. These high-performance air filtration systems are being introduced school-wide to all classrooms at ISHCMC.
ISHCMC has very well equipped technology facilities.
These consist of six teaching laboratories and teachers’ self access workroom. One teaching laboratory is specifically designed to meet the needs of the Design Technology programme. In addition, there are computers in the Library and in classrooms. Art rooms are equipped with networked computers, scanners and colour printers. Multimedia facilities include: digital projectors, digital video camera, digital cameras, scanners, laser and colour printers, and a networked CD-ROM server. Internet access through a digital leased lines is provided.
The laboratories are operational from 7:30am – 3:30pm, Monday - Friday. One is available for student use before school, during break times and after school.
Some of the features of the technology programme include:
- A 1 to 1 laptop programme in both the Middle and High School. Over the entire campus, a wireless network to support the use of these laptops.
- Elementary students have access to two classroom sets of laptops to further support the integration of technology.
- Many classrooms have mounted wireless projectors to provide a seamless integration of technology connecting the network server to the tablet to the projector screen to enhance the learning process.
- In addition to the portable laptops and tablets is a desktop computer in every classroom along with 5 purpose-built computer labs to support the integration of technology throughout the entire curriculum.
- Numerous digital and video cameras are available to capture the excellent learning opportunities supported by technology tools.
- Fast Internet access is provided through the use of a leased line, 5 optical fiber lines and ADSL lines. Middle and High School students are provided with school email accounts for educational purposes.
- Our web-based portal, the Online Learning Community (OLC) provides a means for students and teachers to post resources and assignments which students can submit online.
- A 3-year technology plan has been implemented this year with two technology committees formed to plan future technology developments for the school.
Technology at ISHCMC is essentially concerned with solving problems in an effort to encourage students to combine intellectual talents and practical skills. In particular, students are encouraged to display ingenuity and creativity in devising practical solutions to given tasks.
Technology at our school is valuable for reinforcing and integrating skills learned in other disciplines, especially in the presentation and handling of data and the processes involved in the design and manufacture of a product. At the same time, it fosters awareness of the social and ethical implications of technological development. I am lucky enough to have been a part of this school for over 10 years.
The ISHCMC Library provides key academic research and curricular support to the entire school community. We also promote a love of recreational reading through our extensive and varied fiction collection. Our large collection consists of a variety of subject-related materials, reference sources, recreational literature in several languages and periodicals, together with CD-ROMs, online databases and internet facilities.
The Library is open on Monday from 7:30am to 3:30pm and on Tuesday to Friday from 7.30am to 4pm. It is a place to read, do research or relax with a book. During the recess break only Middle School and High School students have access, while all students from grades 2-12 have access at lunchtime and after school until the library closes. Our Library Homepage can be accessed through the OLC at your convenience.
The Library timetable is partly fixed and partly flexible. On this timetable, all Junior and Elementary School classes have regular weekly Library visits, with grades Early Education 4 to grade 2 taking part in Library lessons led by the Librarian or the Library Assistants. All other teachers can book their class a Library session at any time that is convenient.
Students, teachers and parents can borrow at any time within the operating hours of the Library. Early Education & Junior School students are encouraged to borrow during their scheduled Library times with the guidance of the Library Staff.
Read.gov encourages students to discover the world of books:
Read.gov, from the Library of Congress, is an online portal of free reading resources for children, teens, and even adults. It features online versions of out-of-copyright books for children, including “Mother Goose,” “The Arabian Nights,” “The Secret Garden,” “A Christmas Carol,” “The Raven,” and other classics. It also provides webcasts of authors, such as “Twilight” author Stephenie Meyer, as well as writing contests, suggested booklists, teaching resources, and more.
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