Educational Technology at Deira International School helps to meet the needs of teachers and students in applying methods and mindsets for integrating technologies in lessons.
Teachers use the Visual Learning Environment (VLE) online platform in order to share advanced knowledge and skills inside and outside the classroom. In addition to that, students are exposed to using dozens of technological tools but the central focus is always on how to use these tools to support the learning. Hence students excel in creating innovative products.
The teachers at Deira International School push student educational technology limits, and inspire them to try new tools in their own learning on daily basis. This gives our students the power of networked collaboration and learning so that they can build a compelling professional e-portfolio that showcases their deep engagement with ideas and technologies.
Deira International School is committed to supporting our community of students, parents/guardians and staff to understand both the benefits and risks of technology used in lessons and to equip students with the knowledge and skills needed to be able to use technology safely and responsibly.
What is e-safety?
E-safety is a term which means not only the Internet but other ways in which students communicate using Mobile Electronic Devices (MED) in Primary and Secondary. E-safety is ensuring that students are protected from harm and supported to achieve the maximum benefit from new and developing technologies without risk to themselves or others.
The aim of promoting e-safety is to protect a young person from the adverse consequences of access or use of MED that includes bullying and inappropriate behaviour or exploitation.
It is the responsibility of students, parents/guardians and staff to understand the risks and acceptable use, as well as how to respond to incidents involving e-safety, both in and out of the school environment.
Here are the aims of E-safety Policy:
protecting and educating students and staff in their use of technology
educating students, parents/guardians and staff about cyber-bullying, including the consequences
informing teachers and parents/guardians about their role in safeguarding and protecting DIS students at school and at home
putting policies and procedures in place to help prevent incidents of cyber-bullying within the school community
having effective and clear measures to deal with and monitor cases of cyber-bullying
Our VLE is an online tool that allows us to communicate effectively with both students and parents. Teachers use the VLE to upload class information, learning resources, homework due dates and photographs to showcase learning that has taken place in lessons.
You can log onto the VLE by using your personal DIS USERNAME and PASSWORD:
Please read the VLE Parent Guide which will guide you through all important VLE features and allow you to access the information that has been uploaded by your child's teachers.
Please also familiarise yourself with the following the VLE Home School Agreement documents.
In case you need any technical support, please email us on VLEsupport@disdubai.ae for further assistance.
Deira International School recognises fully that mobile electronic devices are now part of everyday life. With the introduction of a range of electronic devices that have the same capability of computers, this access has been created to enhance students’ learning experiences in the classroom and to embrace technology as a useful learning tool.
In addition, taking into consideration that MEDs are both a learning tool and a method of communication, DIS will allow only Year 6 and Secondary School students to use their MED within the school grounds and in the classroom. This is, however, a privilege and not a right. Permission to use an MED is subject to adherence to the guidelines of this policy.
‘Tech Tuesdays’ are informal (30 minute) meeting opportunities that take place on Tuesdays from 3:15 pm to 3:45 pm. These are for DIS teachers to share good EdTech practice, new Technology innovations and personal insights in teaching with technology. Updates will be shared on a weekly basis via the EdTech website page, DIS social media pages, Week Ahead and EdTech PS/SS display boards.
Secondary School and Primary School teachers are encouraged to volunteer in order to demonstrate good practice that they have delivered over the past year, or discuss a tool that enhances classroom practice.
Please note this is intended to be informal and promote discussion and collaboration regarding effective EdTech tools so do not be afraid to come along and just have a chat!
The ‘EdTech Purchase Request Form’ will allow all DIS teachers to use some of the existing CPD school budget to buy new EdTech Apple apps for their school iPads to be used in lessons and also upgrade their existing EdTech accounts once approved in the order listed on the form.