Innovative technology for the classroom

Case Study


Overview

The International School of London (ISL) Group consists of three private schools in London, Surrey
and Qatar, all following an international curriculum. ISL’s approach is characterised by a very
innovative view of the role of technology in the classroom. To turn those ideas into reality, the
Group has worked closely with Reflex (now part of ITEC).


The challenge

When it comes to the deployment of technology, ISL sets the bar high. The goal is to prepare
children not just for the world as it is now but as it might be in 10 or 20 years. That means, in
particular, encouraging children to be more than just passive consumers of technology. Above all,
learning ought to be an active and collaborative experience.

In the words of Joris Deckers, who leads the Group’s IT and Operations: “Our investment in
technology always has an academic rationale. We really want to go beyond the level of giving
everyone iPads and using collaborative cloud tools. It’s all about identifying the right technology
that can stimulate innovative ideas and new thinking.”


The solution

The ISL Group includes a number of primary and secondary schools and the Group is especially
interested in technology that aligns with students’ natural curiosity and propensity to play and
explore.

That prompted a decision to gradually move away from using projectors and whiteboards in the
classrooms. The Group wanted to replace end of life audio visual products with new touchscreen
technology to further enhance the learning environment.

It was a natural evolution to enlist Reflex’s help. Reflex (now part of ITEC) has taken care of
ISL’s printing requirements for a number of years and has even provided remote technical support to
the school in Qatar. Joris Deckers’ view of the Reflex service is positive: “They are prompt, quick
and nothing is ever a problem.”

Working with Reflex, the Group wanted to redefine the whole concept of large classroom displays for
teaching and learning. ISL plumped for the Avocor interactive touch screens.

Avocor offers a precise and fast 10 touch response using high resolution infra-red touch. The key
from ISL’s perspective is that this technology encourages collaboration amongst students and the
teacher, while pupils benefit from simultaneous writing capability.

Reflex engineers helped ISL overcome a number of installation challenges.
Wall space was tight, the wall would not take the load bearing required to wall mount and the
position of ceiling lights made it impossible to fit a projector mount. Reflex’s solution was to
provide a floor supported wall mount.

Interactive screens are now installed as standard throughout the Group. It is another example of
ISL’s determination to use technology to reshape its educational practice. The Group also uses a
premium video conferencing solution for remote teaching. One of the promises is offering native
language teaching for all students. So, for example, a student from the Netherlands attending the
school in Qatar received lessons in his mother tongue by video conference from a teacher in London.
The student in question passed the IB language exams with top marks.

Case study conducted by Reflex, ITEC.

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