Innovation across the School
Dubai is a city of innovators. Newlands School builds innovation into the curriculum through a mixture of subject initiatives and cross-curricular opportunities. In both Primary and Secondary, students:
- tackle open-ended challenges and experience problem-solving which calls for innovative solutions in the subject curriculum
- contribute as digital authors, using mixed media presentation and audio and video editing tools, to build their own ‘digital essays’ on issues of the day
- are invited to participate in competitions and team challenges
- take part in activities they nominate themselves to improve the school site and operations
- undertake team, leadership, outdoor challenge and entrepreneurial activities in every year group
- take part in global communications and exchanges which bring them into contact with global diversity
In the Primary section, many of the activities and challenges are simulations, where imagination and creativity are the prime area of interest. In the Secondary section, there is more emphasis on real-world challenges (such as starting a business) and on design-and-make activities which can be tested for viability as well as imagination.
New technology tools are used throughout the school, with projectors and smart screens in all classrooms. The school coordinates, curates and checks online resources so that technology use is both commonplace and safe. The preferred mode for students is for them to be digital authors more than passive recipients of online content and the school encourages each subject department to nominate software applications that allow students to practice their knowledge and skills thoroughly, with active feedback. Students learn to use editing tools, design tools and robotics.