How primary students handling online school system at GIIS?

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The COVID-19 pandemic and the ensuing lockdowns forced most schools to suspend in-person learning and make an abrupt switch to virtual instruction. With its “future-ready” approach, GIIS Japan and its other campuses were fully prepared to make the transition. Before the health crisis, GIIS had already been leveraging technology to connect its many campuses through online learning.

It all began in 2014, when the Global online Schools Foundation, of which GIIS Japan is a member, came up with the idea of establishing a School of the Future, characterised by digital classrooms and other high-tech innovations that would provide students with a next-gen learning experience. It wasn’t long before GIIS implemented this model, equipping its schools with smart classrooms, enhanced audio-visual systems, high-speed wi-fi and interactive boards. For GIIS students, the world became their classroom.

When schools had to close, GIIS already had the infrastructure in place for remote learning, so students were able to continue their education online school without disruption. While many other schools were scrambling to set up virtual instruction, GIIS was one of the first institutions to go completely remote. Primary school students used Google Classrooms for group work and were able to participate in classes in real-time, interacting with teachers and peers almost as if they were face-to-face. Even while children were learning from home, GIIS was able to connect them to leadership lectures and other virtual co-curricular and extra-curricular activities as well.

Our primary students and those at other grade levels at GIIS Japan received instructions on how to log in to the virtual classrooms. The school also set up a helpline in case students had any difficulty engaging with the virtual platform. However, since technology is such a vital part of the learning experience at GIIS Japan, primary school students were already well-versed online school in the use of mobile devices and digital channels. Learning in such a technology-rich environment at GIIS cultivates essential skills such as critical thinking, communication, problem-solving, creativity and collaboration. 

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