Michelle has a BA (Hons) in History and South Asian Studies from North London University and PGCE from Middlesex University. She began teaching across all three primary key stages. Michelle began her school leadership career in 2002, when she became the Deputy Head Teacher of a large primary school in North London and spent four wonderful years there before relocating to India in 2005.
Her first international position was the Head of Primary of a local/international school in Bangalore in Southern India, where she introduced the Cambridge International Primary Programme and Checkpoint. Michelle then spent 6 years in China and 3 years in Ethiopia developing curriculum and assessment practices.
Michelle believes that children learn best when they are having fun and are engaged in practical, real life activities. While she recognises that outstanding academic achievement is the ultimate goal, she feels it is just as important to build self-esteem, instill character and encourage a global outlook in every child. Michelle believes that learning transcends the classroom environment and is passionate about educational visits and extra-curricular experiences.
Michelle is married with four children - Ana, Hindya, Bille and Markos. The Dickinson family have a sense of adventure and love of life. They particularly enjoy the outdoors, family holidays, making friends, good weather, camping and exploring and are delighted to be at OWIS.
There’s little doubt that state-of-the-art technology, when used in a learning environment, offers students an educational edge over basic online tools. At the OWIS Nanyang Campus, we ensure our meticulous curriculum is supported by and complemented with the very latest technology, so that our students are given the finest, most current education, and are a step ahead of the rest.
Our approach to delivering quality and modernity spans far beyond the basics. The technology provided at our Nanyang Campus consists of devices designed to help your child navigate and learn. Our combined infrastructure supports optimal learning with no impediments. We are constantly updating our technology and the programmes available to our students. We also teach our students how to remain safe while using technology and when online.
We begin with devices such as AppleTV and iPads in the classroom as well as LED display panels to optimise student engagement. This enables the classroom to become fully interactive and for students to experience the daily use of technology. Advanced audio reinforcement underscores the learning process by ensuring the students grasp the information presented to them in ways they can understand. Rapid Wi-Fi keeps pace with the flow of study, and ensures that all students and staff have constant access. A charging trolley promises no downtime due to depleted battery. It also ensures that it is always ready for the next class.
Of course, the very best hardware and devices are only at their best when the software and applications are equally outstanding. At the Nanyang Campus, we believe in software that’s both grade-level appropriate and challenging. Our educational software is designed to hold students’ interest as they are encouraged to go further in their capacity to learn. It also encourages a passion for learning about how software is developed and updated, which will be fundamental to our students’ onward careers in the 21st century.
We utilise a digital portfolio as a means of keeping parents involved in the learning process. Students can maintain their portfolio of work and “show what they know” so that parents can augment the learning process at home. It helps parents to see what their children are studying, monitor whether they are keeping up to date with their studies and also give them an interactive insight into their child’s progress. Also, being able to take pride in their learning process allows the child to grow in self-esteem and confidence, something every student needs in order to move forward.
Our backend technology is exemplary. The servers, applications, networks and databases are supported, secured and maintained at the highest levels. Students have access to our technology infrastructure at all times, ensuring there’s no interruption in the flow of learning during their formative years. We have qualified teams who constantly monitor and update our systems to ensure they run to the highest possible standard. The systems are large enough to support the whole school and this ensures that the system is usable at all times.
Demanding reliable functionality means that the security and safety of our Nanyang Campus are continually being monitored by talented professionals. The safety of our students is not taken lightly. We’re able to utilise the latest in security and surveillance systems to defuse any threat to our student population at a moment’s notice. We want our students to recognise that a world of opportunity exists beyond the familiar, and we provide the necessary safety net of a secure learning environment to allow them to explore that world. We want to teach them to be aware of risks and know how to deal with anything that doesn’t seem right. We need to support them to be confident technology users.
We see the future developing at breakneck speed. The constant updates to technology, and the way in which we harness them, have a tremendous impact on your child’s life, today and tomorrow. It is a whole new world to the one that many of our staff and parents grew up in. This is why we work to ensure that not only our students are keeping up to date with advances, but that our staff and parents are too. We hope that our students will continue to take leadership in these new developments and will enjoy the opportunity to teach those around them. The ideal educational environment uses a mature, comprehensive and time-tested approach. Making certain our students master technology, in its various avatars, and use it to navigate the world that’s around them means that they are well-equipped for a lifetime of learning.
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