XLIS Digital Devices
Head of Logistics
Kriss Parker, from the Isle of Man, is the head of Logistics for Xi`an Liangjiatan International School. He graduated in Computer Engineering and Science, and went onto focus on ICT Educational Management and Cisco Networking. He has developed critical IT Systems to bring XLIS into the 21st Century, to provide students with a dynamic, technology integrated learning environment.
Digital Devices: The use of technology and computers in the classroom has been around for years, since moving to our new school campus in 2018 Xi’an Liangjiatan has been steadily improving the use of IT and digital devices both inside and outside the classroom.
Early this year, Xi’an Liangjiatan extended the digital device program within the school, to provide students with not just one, but ﬁve digital service carts, each allowing Early Years, Primary, and Secondary to have access to digital devices such as iPads, VR Headsets, and Apple MacBooks. The ﬁrst iPad cart was purchased for PYP several years ago to support the growing need for teaching and supporting students in the use of technology. Early this year, the IT Department worked alongside the school principals to increase the number of shared available devices, to meet the demand of the growing student body.
Early years have an iPad cart available to support daily lessons, and to give students alternative ways to express themselves and their ideas. Primary was the ﬁrst to receive both an iPad and Laptop cart, and as Secondary already have a one-to-one laptop program, the school chose to support secondary students by giving them access to iPads.
Teachers are constantly researching methods on how to best use technology within the classroom, and how to adapt within the curriculum. It’s important for students to have access to iPads, Laptops, and even VR today as we are surrounded by technology every day, but it’s also important to ensure children understand both advantages and disadvantages, and also the health risks which are implicated with using digital devices, especially over long periods of time.
Some steps which parents can also take to protect their child from over digital device exposure:
Get Involved: Technology and how we use technology is changing every day, so for someone who may not use technology or may use technology less frequently, will ﬁnd it challenging to keep up with the latest technology trends, and to understand how new social networks, games, or applications work. Just like a student, be curious and ask your child what they are doing on their devices, and have them explain how technology works for them.It’s important for a parent to spend time with their child over the use of technology, this could be listening to music, creating something online, or even helping them find information for school or something they are interested in.
Limit Use: Though we want to support children in their use of technology, we also need to set time aside during the day, where digital devices are put away and don’t become a distraction. Face-to-face time is extremely important for both children and adults, building relationships and engaging with people without looking at a screen. Balanced Approach Technology is here to stay, and the world is getting smaller and communication is getting quicker due to the advantages technology brings. There are two sides to every story, and with technology, it’s no diﬀerent, some people see technology as an advantage, and others are ﬁrm on the disadvantages, however taking a balanced approach to the use of technology is important, there’s good and bad in everything. As a parent, you can support your child in overcoming many challenges, and for them to be aware of some of the diﬃculties regarding technology, but it’s important you support and guide your child in making good choices.
Saying no is ok: It can be diﬃcult to live without using technology today, though this doesn’t mean every child has to have a mobile phone, iPads, or laptop. Some children may ﬁnd using technology diﬃcult, or some parents may ﬁnd their child is too attached to using technology, saying ‘No’ is ok. There are plenty of families who live their lives without cable, television, or computers, and there are many more families who restrict their child to have a mobile phone until a certain age or show they can be responsible with the use of technology. It is a big decision when to allow your child to have their own mobile device, so it’s important to be smart and think about the decision ﬁrst on whether to add technology to your child’s day.
Xi’an Liangjiatan International School takes a balanced approach towards the use of technology, and allows students to use technology to create, develop, and educate, however, we also ensure students understand the risks and their responsibilities of using technology within school, and how to stay safe online and oﬄine.
Through the years of implementing technology into the school we have seen some amazing work from our students, and how technology has allowed them to create things which otherwise would be physically impossible to achieve.
The library at XLIS allows students to come and learn in a comfortable, spacious, and relaxing environment. The digital research center within the library has been setup to allow both Primary and Secondary students to come and use the computers to support their learning, whether students are wanting to search online for content related to their classwork, or to create digital content or presentations.
XLIS has created an environment which makes students feel comfortable and gives them the freedom to learn in their own time.