Technology at Dalat

Meeting the technological demands of today’s students

Dalat campus is well equipped to meet the technological demands of today’s students. All classrooms have computers connected to the school’s network, which provides file storage and high speed Internet access to over 300 computers on campus.

As well, the school has four up-to-date computer labs, complete with data projectors and laser printers. All teachers from Grade 5 to 12 use PowerSchool to record student grades and take daily attendance. Students at DIS have access to eLearning technologies and other online courses. DIS also uses an online course management system in many of its courses. This is available through DISCourse.

Technology Vision Statement

Technology at Dalat International School is used to support and encourage the best possible learning environment for preparing students to function effectively as God’s people in our technologically evolving world.

The Internet is a valuable source for research and educational activities. As such, Dalat International School provides Internet access for our students. In addition to using the Internet to access educational resources, many students use it to access social networking sites (Facebook, MySpace, CyWorld, etc.), online video sites (YouTube, Google Video, etc.) and gaming sites. A few students spend hours each day on these types of sites. Some of these activities, such as watching online videos, can have a negative impact for those trying to use the Internet for educational purposes.

Last year, the administration decided to block YouTube during the school day. Students were very creative in finding other sites to watch the videos they wanted to see. This year we want to go beyond preventing the problem behavior and begin training our students to develop better habits.

I shared the following illustration with the high school students. It is easy for students to imagine that Internet access is like the ocean—a free unlimited source from which everyone can take as much as they want without affecting anyone else or having to pay anything. In reality, our Internet access is more like the water utility to your home.

The water has to flow through a pipe that is only a certain size and every month you get a bill. If one person is using a lot of water, that means there is less for the others. You quickly find this out when you are taking a shower and someone flushes the toilet in the other bathroom.

To help our students learn that Internet access is not completely free and unlimited, we are implementing a weekly “Bandwidth Budget” for middle and high school students this year. Here are some questions you may have about what this means and how it will work.