Today the world is flooded with pioneering technologies that are developing at an unimaginable pace. A decade from now, capabilities we currently think of as emerging and others that we can barely imagine will be as abundant as the devices of the present day.
As parents, we all see first-hand how our children embrace technology from an early age and preparing children for this digital age is vital. One of the ways we do this at Doha College is through Digital Leaning. This digital initiative was introduced gradually a number of years ago and is now gearing up to a new level of integration across the curriculum, in line with our High-Performance Learning approach.
Digital Learning is learning facilitated with technology and software tools. It is a practice that uses technology effectively to strengthen a student's learning experience, providing access to challenging content and opportunities for learning anytime, anywhere.
At Doha College, our primary Digital Learning focus is to make the most effective use of our iPad Initiative and provide a collaborative and safe digital learning environment involving children, teachers and parents. We aim to enhance our curriculum by embedding digital techniques and practices into our teaching, by using technology that students are surrounded with in their everyday lives.
The iChild programme is a scheme where a child is appointed as the digital lead in each classroom, from Years 2 to 6. They are the first point of contact for their classmates to communicate and troubleshoot iPad issues. They meet regularly with the school's Heads of Digital Learning (Mr Kerr at Al Waab and Mrs Mayat in West Bay) to convey iPad use in classrooms and disseminate the outcomes to their class.
Doha College have introduced Digital Leaders in the Secondary School. They initiate the digital learning journey amongst their classmates and collaborate with the iChildren in the Primary School. This is an exciting opportunity to encourage information share across year groups and campuses. Their next assignment is to assist the primary school children at during the 'Hour of Code' event later this week.
Hour of Code
Doha College is organising an 'Hour of Code' for the first time this December, reflecting its increased focus on everything digital. The 'Hour of Code' is a global movement reaching tens of millions of students worldwide; it started in 2013 as a one-hour introduction to computer science, designed to demystify "code", to show that anybody can learn the basics, and to broaden participation in the field of computer science. It has since become a worldwide effort to celebrate computer science, now reaching Doha College Primary.
Every student should have the opportunity to learn computer science. It helps nurture problem-solving skills, logic and creativity. By starting early, students will have a foundation for success in any 21st-century career path. A good digital foundation can give children the confidence to become actively involved with ever-changing technology and grow into life-long learners.