Libraries + Technology

Developing 21st-century skills to ensure success in a rapidly changing world.

Our Academic Innovation team—comprised of academic technology and library media specialists—drives enrichment and innovation in teaching and learning via three main vehicles: Libraries, Information Technology, and Makerspaces. Our programs foster creativity, collaboration, critical thinking, communication, meaningful connections, data-driven instruction, and stimulation through high-expectations. 

Teaching and Services
The library is open from 8:00am to 6:00pm, Monday through Friday. Our librarians are available to provide information literacy instruction in classrooms, in the library and online. They work with classes in all areas of the curriculum. One-on-one assistance from professional librarians is available everyday during library hours, in person or via chat. And, of course, members of our community can always come to the library for reading and research recommendations.

Collections
View our high school library catalog and ebooks. The library hosts a dynamic, curriculum-driven print and digital collection. Large collections are available in French and English, as well as special collections in Spanish, Italian and German. An international periodical collection and database subscriptions allow students to access high-quality, current information.

Resources for Digital Literacy
As the information landscape is ever-changing, our libraries are agile and adaptive spaces for learning and exploration in academics and in life. Our librarians collaborate with faculty to design and implement learning experiences to fit the evolving informational needs of students across the curriculum. They explore and impart emerging and existing approaches to digital literacy to meet research and everyday needs of classes and individuals alike. Using elements of design thinking, librarians help students develop critical thinking skills in order to judge the reliability, authenticity, and credibility of information.

An Inviting Space
Student work, artifacts from international adventures, and topical exhibits make our libraries a lively and engaging space. Students make the library their office and home-away-from-home as they study, access their online classes, share ideas, read, and relax.

Lower School
Students in Grades PK-5 have access to iPads in the classroom. There is shared iPad access in Grades PK3 through 3; 1:1 iPad access in Grades 4 and 5; and shared laptop access for students in Grades 3 through 5. The purpose of our technology use is to increase students engagement, and deepen and differentiate learning for every student. Students work independently and at their own pace, or collaboratively to conduct research and develop a project. 

Middle School
All students in Grades 6-8 are issued a MacBook Air for use both in the classroom and at home. The purpose of our technology use is to increase students engagement, and deepen and differentiate learning for every student. Students work independently and at their own pace, or collaboratively to conduct research and develop a project. 

High School
Students in Grades 9-12 bring their own laptop of choice for use in the classroom. Review the Bring Your Own Device FAQs. The purpose of our technology use is to increase students engagement, and deepen and differentiate learning for every student.  Students work independently and at their own pace, or collaboratively to conduct research and develop a project.

Our Digital Citizenship program provides flexible, age-appropriate support to our students as they navigate the digital world. Based on the Digital Citizenship curriculum of Common Sense Media, we engage students in conversations around Internet safety, news literacy, privacy and security, relationships and communication, digital footprint and reputation, self-image and identity, information literacy, and cyberbullying.

Aligned with our commitment to develop savvy users of computers and technology and to prepare students for the information technology age, we have created computer programming opportunities that are both embedded in the core curriculum and offered as extra-curricular opportunities. Whether it’s in a math or science class, in history, English or French, our students are learning to code and coding to learn. Computer programming not only teaches learners machine language, an important skill for today and tomorrow’s workforce, it also develops essential skills for the global economy: critical thinking, problem solving, persistence, collaboration, communication, and creativity. Here, students participate in a coding exercise in our Tinkerspace, our makerspace for Grade 1 through 5.

We offer Blended Learning—leveraging technology to afford each student a more personalized learning experience, including increased student control over the time, place, path, and/or pace of learning. The benefits of this approach range from increased student autonomy, engagement, understanding and outcomes to increased ease of classroom management. Our implementation of Blended Learning prepares students to excel in the connected learning environments they are likely to encounter in their future work in university classrooms and careers.

International High School is a member of the Global Online Academy (GOA), a global learning community that offers students a broad catalog of online courses. Students augment their learning experience and develop their skills in a variety of different areas such as business, engineering, film, and computer science. Our students benefit from small classes, independent school rigor, global connections, and preparation for distance learning, which is increasingly utilized in college and beyond.