International School of London (ISL) Qatar took on a whole new dimension of synchronous learning with their unique participation in the Microsoft Global Learning Connection. As the only school in Qatar to engage in an interview with Anthony Salcito as part of the day, Garin Rees and his Grade-1 class were more than a little excited!
Minecraft, alongside Microsoft has become synonymous with the magic of creative learning at ISL Qatar. As one of the many dimensions of innovative collaboration, ISL Qatar has taken Minecraft to heart and seen wonderful opportunities to engage with learning from multiple perspectives. Epitomising ‘Open Hearts –Open Minds’ as an integral part of their thinking, the students considered culture, diversity and identity on their learning journey in Grade-1.
Creating their own facets of identity using Minecraft as a platform, the class was able to communicate their thinking through collaborative creativity. They were able to craft a world upon which to elevate their own concepts of cultural diversity and identity. More importantly, they were able to share their ideas in real time with their peers and connect with one another. Utilising Microsoft Teams, students also took their ideas to other classrooms around the world and extended their ‘Global Learning Connections’, with Microsoft providing the innovative tools to make this happen.
David Bryan, ISL Qatar’s deputy head, commented on the event: “Our partnership with Microsoft provided us with a fantastic opportunity to demonstrate our student’s mastery within a culture of collaboration; one of the key elements of our mission statement.’’
It was the opportunity for students of Grade-1 to demonstrate their understanding, critical thinking and self-awareness. An opportunity provided by Microsoft has forged other pathways of learning for the students at ISL Qatar, alongside the creative and innovative energy of our learning community. When students, teachers and parents come together to harness imaginative concepts, it becomes the most powerful expression of learning that we can envisage.
As part of the day, the students continued to develop and grow their ideas to share with their peers and the rest of the world. At a time when learning has taken on new perspectives, fresh dimensions and enlightened thinking – ISL Qatar has embraced these elements with aplomb.
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