Dwight Seoul will specialise in technology

| September 11, 2012 | 0 Comments

The new Dwight international baccalaureate (IB) school in Seoul, South Korea, will open its doors in August 2012. It will be known as a ‘through school’ because it includes the primary years, middle years and a diploma programme. It will be located in Seoul’s new Digital Media City, considered South Korea’s Silicon Valley.

Founded in 1968, the IB currently works with 3 371 schools in 141 countries. Dr Siva Kumari, chief operating officer of the IBO Schools Division, says its success is in part because “internationalism and inclusion are part of our DNA, both as an organisation and within our curriculum”. The Seoul metropolitan government selected the Dwight model because of its stellar reputation in international leadership education.

Head of school Kevin Skeoch says Dwight School Seoul will be an innovative flagship IB school specialising in technology. Says Skeoch: “Dwight Seoul will be a BYOD (bring your own device) school for Grades 6 through 12 operating on a one-to-one supported technology framework. The school will supply devices on a 1:3 ratio up to Grade 3, and 1:2 in Grades 4–5, as well as two fully equipped iMac labs.”

All lessons at Dwight School Seoul will be available via an online learning system, available to students to use wherever they are, in their own time. LCD television screens will be provided for teachers and students to present multimedia applications in all classrooms, and full wireless access will enable everyone to access a catalogue of online resources. In the library and resource centre and central foyers, live feeds will present events of the day, news feeds, etc. throughout the school. Adds Skeoch: “How you change teachers from rote learning styles to the IB style of learning is the challenge for the future. We have built a teacher training centre at the Seoul school, along with the appropriate technology for teachers to do this.”

Category: e-Education, Spring 2012

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