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Technology

At Tanglin we recognise the enormous potential of modern technology to enhance and enrich learning. We are also committed to preparing our students to be successful in a society permeated with technology. These principles are at the heart of our vision statement for the use of technology in the School.

Tanglin embraces new technology wherever it supports our mission. Staff are confident users of technology and are encouraged to be innovative. Students use technology to inquire, communicate and safely take risks. When they move on from Tanglin, they are confident users of current technology in a range of contexts, understanding the benefits, limitations and risks associated with its use.

In the Senior School, the use of technology to support learning is embedded across the curriculum and supported by the Technology for Learning team. The Technology for Learning faculty comprises subject specialists from across all the academic faculties who share a belief in the transformational role that technology can play in teaching and learning. Our goal is to inspire and support teachers to explore and innovate with technology to get the maximum benefit from available tools, in terms of teaching and learning experiences and outcomes. This means providing personalised professional development and practice-sharing opportunities for individual teachers, small groups and whole subject teams, so that all teachers continue to add to their repertoire and so that all students enjoy an increasingly integrated experience of technology in learning, with authentic opportunities for choice, creativity and collaboration. It is equally our task to take the lead in ensuring that teachers and students also know how to apply these skills safely and ethically, and to develop opportunities for student leadership wherever possible.

All students in Years 7 to 9 also receive specific ICT lessons, where they increase their skills as users of key software packages as well as developing an understanding of the principles of computer science and programming. All students in the Senior school enrol in 'Edmodo', an online tool which allows them to join class groups. Within each group, the students can access information posted by their teachers; receive and submit assignments; ask questions; answer questions or comment on posts from their teacher or classmates.

Each faculty has access to a range of technology including interactive whiteboards in each classroom; suites and pods of desktop computers; multimedia equipment. In Years 7 - 10, students are required to have their own iPad which they use at home and at school. This truly personal and mobile technology with its powerful multimedia functionality is used to support learning across all the faculties and has also replaced the student diary as students learn to use calendar and task apps to stay organised.