Whether they are sketching architectural details of well-known Chicago institutions on their iPads or learning the science of coding, GEMS World Academy students use state-of-the-art technology at every grade level of their education journey. Technology is not an end in itself at GEMS World Academy Chicago. Rather, it is a skillset and mindset that allows students to translate and interact with the world around them in meaningful, reflective ways. In 2016, GEMS was recognized as an Apple Distinguished School (see more below).
At GEMS World Academy, our technology program is supported by an expansive global network of schools with a visionary message and reach, an innovative school structure that allows for a fresh look at what education can be and a strong team of educators poised to create and deliver a world-class education. GEMS World Academy’s core innovation ideas are designed to provide guidance and direction for the entire school in four important areas:
- Student-Directed Learning is the key to being successful in a rapidly transforming 21st century. Our students evolve in their ability to responsibility manage their learning and are encouraged to be life-longer learners through project-based work utilizing acquired knowledge and insight both independently and collaboratively.
- Mobile Learning through extensive Field Studies allows our students to be researchers who see their world as a learning laboratory. Our students build authentic connections to our city, where their education is enriched by a global, intercultural community and Chicago's many renowned institutions. Through this pioneering learning initiative, students closely examine their local community while developing the skills necessary to see and understand the larger world.
- A School as Connected Hub of Learning means our students and faculty work with their counterparts across the GEMS Education network of schools to build knowledge and experiences together. GEMS World Academy students use our networked hub of whiteboards and computer stations to communicate, collaborate, document and reflect on their work. All of our students are challenged to think deeply and build an authentic and empathetic understanding of the interdependent nature of the world.