International Business and Technology
The Peel District School Board provides three regional International Business and Technology (IBT) programs for middle school students across Mississauga, Brampton and Caledon. The only entry point, for this three year program, is from grade 5 to 6.
The mission statement for the IBT program is:
“The International Business and Technology Program strives to integrate the objectives of 21st century skill development with project-based learning. Students will emerge from the IBT program as well-rounded citizens, equipped with the necessary skills, knowledge and attitudes to be productive participants in the global community.”
The IBT program is a specialized regional program that uses the Ontario Curriculum.The program engages the modern learner through a global lens using project based, cross-curricular, inquiry driven learning that is enhanced by technology. Students will learn about a variety of business models and incorporate these models into project based entrepreneurial learning challenges. Throughout the program, students further develop the 21st Century competencies: critical thinking and problem solving, learning to learn, innovation and creativity, collaboration, communication and global citizenship.
The IBT program originated at Allan A. Martin in September of 1994. This program was the vision of many educators including Teachers, Administrators and Superintendents.The Peel board offers the regional IBT program at Allan A. Martin Sr. Public School, Williams Parkway Sr. Public School and Lisgar Middle School.
The IBT Program challenges students to develop the attitudes and skills necessary for success and for a life of continued learning. As well, technological competency is supported through a planned program that teaches the skills required to access, manage, and communicate information in a rapidly and constantly developing technological age.
Rather than just tell you about our program, please have a look at this short video that highlights student thoughts about the program and our school:
Welcome to Allan A. Martin Sr P.S
The Allan A. Martin IBT Advantage:
- The provincial curriculum is delivered using an integrated approach.
- Entrepreneurial Studies explores the many facets of business ownership through authentic collaborative tasks such as Beyond Me, the App Expo/Food Truck and the culminating Grade 8 Trade Show.
- Learning Lab integrates a variety of evolving and emerging technologies.
- Students create dynamic and inclusive learning environments with access to a broad range of digital technologies.
- Using branding, media and design thinking as a foundational tool for our culminating tasks.
- The entrepreneurial mindset is developed through real-life, practical applications with a variety of partnerships, entrepreneurs and organizations.
Students - Testimonials:
Grade 6 Student: Becky
“I wanted to go to Allan A. Martin because of the strong Instrumental Music program. However, now that I am here, I am able to unleash my creativity in everything I do. Things don’t have to follow the rules; here at AAM, you are encouraged to go above and beyond with everything you do. I also enjoy the opportunity to bring my ideas to life through the many projects in the IBT program. It is very challenging, yet fun!”
Grade 7 Student: Maggie
“It wasn’t difficult transitioning to Middle School here at AAM, as the atmosphere is so welcoming and everyone is so nice! The program is very different than what I was learning before. The teachers here bring in new ideas that I would never have thought of on my own.”
Grade 8 Student: Ava
“I think one of the best things about my experience at AAM is the friendships! I never thought I would get to know so many different people and now, at the end of Grade 8 I feel like we are all part of a family! The program has really challenge me, yet I feel that I have accomplished a lot because of the high expectations that have been set. The skills I have learned will support me as I transition to Secondary School and beyond!” What skills do you need to be successful in our IBT program:
- Risk-taking - Seeking challenges
- Oral Communication
- Strong work ethic
- Positive attitude
The three year IBT program at Allan A. Martin engages students in Grades 6, 7 and 8 in a variety of activities that build on skills acquired in the year prior. We encourage all families to have a look at the Course Syllabuses below, in order to learn more about the topics and themes covered over the course of the three years. Ultimately, our graduates will develop solid business and enhanced technological skills needed for success in the 21st Century.
Grade 6 Syllabus
Grade 7 Syllabus
Grade 8 Syllabus
Technology at Allan A. Martin:
We strongly encourage all of our students to have their own laptop/chrome book or other personal device. This allows students access at all times and ensures that they are able to manage their work in a more efficient way.
Due to the focus of the program, the school provides a wide variety of technology.
There are various learning labs, a state of the art Mac Lab, a Learning Commons, desktops/chromebook carts in every room and this year’s Grade 8 students are currently designing a new STEM/STEAM room (Science, Technology, Engineering, Art & Mathematics) lab that will be open for September 2018! Transportation:
The IBT Program attracts students who reside in the southeast area of the Board. Students are required to make arrangements for their own transportation. Options for families include car pools, public transit or bussing through a private company that is managed by a parent committee.
Questions about bussing would be answered by visiting www.ggam.ca.