Monday, May 15, 2006

"Go Digital"

On May 10, 2006 International School Dhaka celebrated student achievement with digital tools. We called the evening "Go Digital". All members of the ISD community were invited to come and interact with students from Grade 2-11. The Bangladesh MP and Minister for ICT and Science, Dr Abdul Moyeen Khan, was the honoured guest speaker for the evening (dr Khan is also a parent at ISD). Dr Khan spoke about the importance of ICT in the development of Bangladesh and how it will provide opportunities for the countries economic growth. He also stressed how important it is to embrace the digital world and made a play on words with 'digit all' rather than 'digital'.

The onstage section of the evening saw MCs Saif and Shaveena (Grade 11 students) discuss the development of ICT at ISD and reminisce about how few facilities the school had 6 years ago and how little was done using the Internet. Charlie and Vincent presented an insightful presentation called "A Day in the Life of a Digital Student" that covered every waking moment in terms of using digital gadgets for entertainment, preparing food, keeping cool and learning etc.

Shakila in Grade 10 presented her
digital story called "Life Without Me" and I talked a little about Web2.0 jargon and our laptop and handheld programs.

Later, in the secondary building students had the
chance to demonstrate their skills using software and online tools including: digital imaging (PhotoShop Elements); digital animation (SketchUp and Maya); Weblogs, blogs and blogging for digital portfolios, online journals and interactive learning was represented from Grade 4-11; The ITGS class showed their use of wikis, protopage, blogging; Grade 6 and 7 students showed their use of handheld computing; Podcast Bangladesh was represented with some of the evening recorded for future podcasts; ICT in Science was represented with a live display.....and the list continues. Most demonstrations were done live via laptops and the wireless LAN. The Primary school students had access to desktop PCs and a wired LAN and adeptly showed their abilities with many software applications including movie making and blogging. Suppliers of computer equipment to ISD came and provided a mini-trade show including handheld, laptop and other hardware for Mac OS and Windows devices.

It was a great evening, and even the thunderstorm towards the end did not detract from the positive mood of the participants, despite the roof leaking onto a few laptops! I was very proud of the IT Department who worked tirelessly to setup the technical display and of the students who were so keen to show what they were using ICT for in their everyday learnin
g. Let's hope "Go Digital" becomes a permanent feature of the ISD calendar as it is a great way to share ideas and developments using technology with parents and other areas of the school.

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