On Saturday 29th September, Mita International Gakuen Junior and Senior High School (Mita International hereafter), held their Open Day. They are the only Apple Distinguished School (400 schools worldwide) in the Kanto region and they have published practical ICT classes for teachers to use across the country.
The classes use iTunesU, a system that integrates virtual and real learning spaces. This enables all teachers and all students to develop their creative thinking skills in any subject during the classes. These lessons that use devices that enhance originality and creativity are now in full operation.
Teachers traveled from across the country to participate in this event and they were all amazed. Until now, they had never seen a school use iPads and MacBooks to create tables, graphs, and essays, to contribute during class discussions.
By using programming, we can make Sphero move like the droids in Star Wars. It was as though a purple flash was being emitted whilst moving, and as if magic was being used.
At the subcommittee meeting, discussions were held about what can be done to enhance learning. This growth mindset has attracted a lot of attention to Mita International because there is an overlap between our mindset and our students’ mindset.
by Hayato Honma, Private School Expert Researcher