Distance Learning is not Home Schooling
Maintaining the Highest Educational Standards
In March 2020, as schools closed all over the country due to COVID-19, BIS launched its Distance Learning Program. Teaching and learning continued seamlessly for around 1,200 students from 56 nations. Despite having to radically shift teaching and learning protocols, the innovative approach generated enthusiasm among students, parents and teachers and attracted the attention of newspapers such as the "Süddeutsche Zeitung", which reported on the program as establishing a benchmark for other schools.
With the tentative return to onsite schooling under the threat of further closures, BIS remains prepared for any eventuality. Key to the school’s preparedness are its advanced technological equipment and highly trained, digitally-savvy teachers. With a historic commitment to educational technology dating back to 2002, the BIS curriculum of 2020 features tailor-made offerings for each age group and a conscious balance between online and offline time. Exercise, sport and social exchange are emphasised to balance the use of technologies.
The right balance
A day of lessons in the upper school consists of three 90 minute blocks - at 9:15 am, 11:00 am, and 1:30 pm. Rather than spending this time in front of the shared screen, students complete their tasks offline. The teacher remains available throughout. Google Classroom, Google Meet or Seesaw are used for this purpose. Face-to-face, teacher-to-student, and student-to-student communication has proven to be immensely important and valuable to the learning process. The balanced daily schedule gives the students structure, stability and normality.
"We faced this difficult situation by using our own innovative power and the experience of other international schools around the globe to start and permanently develop Distance Learning. This enables us to maintain the highest educational standards that BIS families expect from us and which we set ourselves as a global benchmark," explained BIS Head of School Dr. Chrissie Sorenson.
As a pioneer in partnership, BIS shares and exchanges knowledge and experience with other educational institutions. On the current website the Distance Learning Programme is also available for everyone to read.