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CAISL believes that the best way to prepare students to master the technology of the future – the one they will face when they leave school – is to give them a solid foundation in today’s technology, offering ways to access, understand, and actively change the world around them and, at the same time, help them to develop a logical approach to problem-solving, and a belief in themselves that they CAN do it.

CAISL is always searching for new technology that students can use as a tool, to empower, engage them, and enable them as they increase their learning not only in IT but also in all other areas of learning.

Training in technology also includes coding, taught in fun and age-appropriate ways to all students starting as young as EC3 and enhanced by initiatives such as the   Hour of Code.

Keeping your child safe online is a concern we take seriously. Resources can be found on the last topic further down: "Online Safety Resources".


  

 

MEDIA GALLERY

Technology at CAISL, a demonstration of a student imagination, creativity and ability to apply media to different settings.

 "The Sea" -  3D Graphics Class (Grades 9 & 10)  

All materials included (e.g. models and music) are originals.

 (please press image to view movie)


"A Girafa que Comia Estrelas", PNL Grade 2 Students

"Tulip and the Ball", Kindergarten Students

Halloween Project with LEGO NXT, Middle School Students

Santa Project with LEGO NXT, Middle School Students

Computers - 1:1 and 2:1 Programs

As a part of its goal to integrate technology into the 21st Century learning environment, CAISL initiated a laptop program in September 2011. In the 2018-2019 school year these are the computers students have access to in the classroom:

PRE-SCHOOL (EC3, EC4 AND KINDERGARTEN)

A mobile lab cart with 10  laptops is available for preschoolers to use at school.

ELEMENTARY SCHOOL

Elementary students use different computers in an environment ratio of either 1:1 (one child for one computer) or 2:1 (two children share one computer) for their use at school:

GradeEnvironmentComputer
12:1
HP ProBook 5320m
21:1HP ProBook 430 (G3)
31:1HP ProBook 430 (G5)
41:1HP ProBook 430 (G4)
51:1HP ProBook 430 (G4)

SECONDARY SCHOOL

Students are assigned one laptop (1:1 ratio) for use in school and at home.

GradeEnvironmentComputer
6-71:1HP ProBook 430 (G3, G4)
8-91:1HP ProBook 430 (G4, G5)
10-121:1HP ProBook 430 (G4, G5)

All laptops have appropriate software installed corresponding to IT needs for varied classes. If students prefer to use their own laptop they can but they have to install a list of software required.

Floor Robots

CAISL acquired several floor robots to support learning including:

Bee-Bot® - Friendly small-size robot tool for teaching sequencing, estimation, problem-solving, and just having fun! CAISL has 17 devices available for EC, K and grade 1 classes. (watch video)

Pro-Bot® - Floor robot that offers students an enticing, engaging, and hands-on experience with Logo programming as well as robotic controls. There are 16 devices available for grades 2-5 classes. (watch video)

Cubetto® - A wooden robot that will teach child the basics of computer programming through adventure and hands on play.

LEGO

CAISL participated on the First LEGO League National Championship that took place in the Instituto Superior Tecnico (Tagus Park) on March 24th 2018. This year, the main theme was Hydrodinamics.

During the first part of the competition, we had to present our research project. It was about "Desalination of Water at your House", which went really well. Everyone spoke during the presentation, and after some questions at the end, the jury said we did a great job! Then we have to show our Core Values. We sat down for an interview while showing our poster. In the end, the score was great. The final test was of the robot's capabilities, which wasn't bad. However, we misplaced the robot a few times, but it got the job done.

After the tests, we had some time to prepare and improve the robot and then we had lunch. After we had pizza and drinks, the robot competition began and we were able to succeed in different missions in the three rounds that we completed. Once everything was finished, we got a deserved first place in Core Values: Inspiration! It was a great experience and we can't wait till next year to participate again!

Text by Ruben M.

For more pictures of this event, follow this link.

The year before, in May 27th, CAISL participated on the FIRST LEGO® LEAGUE'2017. In addition to the experience, CAISL also brought home the trophy for the best Research Project.

 

CAISL has also acquired several construction sets from LEGO®:

WeDo, Simple & Powered Machines and Early Machines helps teach how technology plays an active and informative role in the students’ learning and is an ideal product for teaching across different subjects at primary level, particularly literacy, science, math, technology and engineering.  (Click for info

Mindstorm® NXT and EV3 engages students in science, math, technology, computer science and engineering while they develop core skills such as teamwork, time management and problem solving. CAISL has 13 sets available. (click for info)

 

Other School-wide Technologies

Arduino

E-beam interactive whiteboard, CAISL has 23 classrooms equipped with this device (click here or here for info).

Document Camera digital visual presenter is one of the ways to add interactive and visual technology to presentation in a classroom. 8 classrooms are equipped with this device (Click for info).

Celling Projectors. All classroom and common spaces have a wireless projector.

Netboard Portable - 1 device to circulate between EC classrooms (Click for info)

Wi-fi is available in all campus facilities.

Video/Photography. A variety of digital cameras, go-pro and video cameras can be checked out in the Library to use in projects.

Online Safety Resources

Digital citizenship and internet safety resources.

Please press the icon to follow link:

 

 Keeping Kids Safe in Cyber Space


SERVICES SUBSCRIBED BY CAISL:

Biblionasium is a safe, fun, social reading community for kids, their friends, teachers and parents.
Animated educational site for students.
The Day Online news.

Used to track progress throughout the year.
History and Science online learning materials.
Tool for research projects.

FollettShelf provides web-based access to all the digital e-books in the school library.

OPAC for the libraries, and also contains links to our databases.
Online math learning platform.
Learning Management System (LMS) Online course activities and resources are available to support learning.
On-line magazine resource.
Defines topics for research papers by offering search engines that are specialized in finding articles that are hidden in the invisible web.
Online guided reading program with interactive ebooks, downloadable books, and reading quizzes.
Digital Learning Platform.
Available to students (grades 6-12) to provide quick support for any kind of difficulty.
Spelling, vocabulary, writing, and language arts activities for K-12 cross-curricular word study.

Time Magazine

Determines the originality of texts.


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