Dalian American International School

Technology

Overview

Dalian American International School (DAIS) opened with a K-8 program in 2006. Since its inception, DAIS has been committed to supporting and enhancing education through the use of modern technology. We envision students, faculty and staff using technology appropriately to enhance learning and advance understanding.

Local area Network

The school has a local area network that provides high speed access to the Internet in all classrooms and offices, and other networking capabilities such as shared printing, and client-server interconnectivity (for file sharing, library services, authentication and roaming profiles.)

Faculty, staff and students have a Microsoft 365 account which provides them with:

  • Email account
  • Online calendar
  • Office applications to create and share documents, spreadsheets and presentations online
  • Hub for teamwork, instant messaging, audio and video calling, and online meetings
  • SharePoint and OneDrive services to store and exchange files
  • Video recording application

Learning Innovation Program

DAIS follows ISTE Standards, an internationally recognized framework designed to prepare students for success in a digitally connected world. We use innovative technologies to help students to develop 21st century communication, collaboration, creativity and critical thinking skills that are essential in preparing them to become future-ready global citizens. 

What will it look like at the Secondary School Level?

• Secondary 1:1 Laptops – Bring Your Own Device (BYOT)

In grades 6-12, students participate in what is called a Bring Your Own Technology (BYOT) classroom. A BYOT classroom incorporates the use of such items as laptops, iPads, tablets, Smart phones, or other devices with browsing capacity for educational purposes only. Though students are encouraged to make use of the variety of technologies that they bring to school, it is expected that each secondary student brings to school each day their own personal laptop that meets the school expectations.

What will it look like at the Elementary School Level?

• Pre-Kindergarten, Kindergarten – 1:1 Tablets
Students are provided tablets for educational use during the school day through their homeroom teacher.

• Grades 1-3 – 2:1 Laptops

• Grades 4-5 – 1:1 Laptops – Bring Your Own Technology (BYOT)
Students are required to bring their own laptops to use as one of their primary devices for learning purposes in school and at home.

In elementary school we aim to challenge students and teachers to pursue relevant and purposeful ways to integrate technology into meaningful learning experiences. Technology education is integrated into teaching and learning in age-appropriate ways across every level and subject.

Expectations for Technology Use

The challenges associated with inappropriate technology use by our students also provide opportunities to nurture ethical and socially responsible digital citizens. Use of devices is subject to the DAIS/DHA Internet Safety Policy as written in the Parent/Student Handbook.

Please take note of the following important documents related to the Learning Innovation Program at DAIS:

Emphasis on Quality

At Dalian American International School, we embed technology into language, math, art, and science. Technology is integrated across grade levels and subjects in developmentally-appropriate ways. Students have access to computer labs to help with instruction and support. 

Instruction is aligned to the National Education Technology Standards, and for the most part consists of project-based activities that are an extension of core subject matter units and/or lessons.

Emphasis on Quality

At Dalian American International School, we embed technology into language, math, art, and science. Technology is integrated across grade levels and subjects in developmentally-appropriate ways. Students have access to computer labs to help with instruction and support. 

Instruction is aligned to the National Education Technology Standards, and for the most part consists of project-based activities that are an extension of core subject matter units and/or lessons.

Support Staff

A team of hard working, knowledgeable and caring individuals provide ongoing support and training to students, teachers and staff. The Tech Team consists of:

  • Beth RohrbeckElementary Librarian Media Specialist & Tech Integrationist
  • Marta MonforteSecondary Librarian Media Specialist & Tech Integrationist
  • Sean SunTech Support Technician
  • Bethany CongGraphic Designer / Photographer / Webmaster
  • Larry ShiSystem Administrator
  • Thomas LouWebmaster

The Start of School Year

The start date for all DAIS divisions has been moved from August 5th to September 1st. We continue to monitor the recent Covid-19 outbreak in the Dalian area and will report to the community any impact that this outbreak may have on the start of the school year.