IST's BYOL Initiative

BYOL means Bring Your Own Laptop. Get the latest information on IST's BYOL Initiative by reading The Quick Reference Guide to ICT @ IST.

Information and Communication Technology (ICT)

ICT has the power to transform how people learn. As Daniel Pink writes in “A Whole New Mind: Moving From the Information Age to the Conceptual Age”, there is an emerging world where critical thinking, problem solving, and a deep level of information fluency is increasingly more important than content recall by itself. IST has understood this and we use ICT as a catalyst to enhance teaching and learning in the classrooms.

ICT Vision

IST's ICT department aspires to provide IST’s learning community with access to integrated technology opportunities to promote and enhance student life-long learning through inquiry and instruction to develop 21st Century literacy skills, critical thinking, global communication, collaboration and ethical responsibility.
Our ICT Department implements research based best practices to educate and empower the IST learning community of educators, staff, students and parents with ICT skills that will promote IST's mission by challenging and inspiring them to fullfill their potential and by supporting their commitment to improve the world. The ICT department also promotes life-long learning by providing an ICT rich environment to support curriculum and help our students' curiosity and creativity in addressing authentic problems, local and global, both now and in the future.

IST's ICT Guiding Principles

Appropriate ICT use is an essential component of optimal learning environments.

  • ICT creates new teaching and learning opportunities that improve student understanding.
  • ICT encourages fundamentally different forms of interaction between students, teachers, and the community. It contributes to a learner-centered, collaborative, engaging learning environment.
  • ICT provides the means for students to explain, interpret and apply their knowledge.
  • ICT provides students with an opportunity to work with the design cycle: Investigate, Plan, Create, and Evaluate
  • ICT allows teachers to meet the diverse learning needs of students by adapting to individual goals and learning styles

Student Experience

IST follows an integrated model where ICT is integrated into the daily teaching and learning across the subject areas. Students use technology tools to investigate, plan, create and evaluate information in order to construct meaning and in turn, knowledge and understanding. They also use technology to access and communicate information and to collaborate with peers.

IST follows ISTE NETS standards for Technology and are used in consonance with PYP, MYP & DP goals and outcomes.

Professional Staff

IST’s ICT team is headed by an ICT Director and consists of curricular and technology support teams. The Elementary Campus has a technology integration coach who works with teachers and students in supporting the use of ICT in teaching and learning. The Secondary Campus has a technology integration coach and three technology teachers.
Each campus has a team of technicians to provide technical support and efficiently run the school network and manage the devices.


IST has one of the best three layer Cisco networks in East Africa. It has an optical fiber backbone and a wireless backbone to provide seamless connection across campuses. Users can connect their devices to the IST network through cables as well as wireless.

Hardware and Devices

All professional staff are provided with a desktop or a laptop to carry out their work. All teachers are provided with a Macbook. IST has ICT labs on both campuses and several laptop carts for student use.

Currently, the student-computer ratio is 1.4 - 1 on the Secondary Campus and is 1.5 - 1 on the Elementary Campus. IST is moving towards a 1:1 ratio and is implementing initiatives on both campuses. IST will become a 1:1 school by 2017-18. In 2015-16, a Bring Your Own Laptop (BYOL) initiative is being implemented in Grade 9 and a 1:1 Chromebook initiative is being implemented at Grade 5. An iPad pilot initiative is also being implemented at the Elementary Campus.

Smart boards and projectors are installed in classrooms and other devices like cameras, voice recorders etc., are available for classroom use.


Our primary platform for teaching and learning is Apple/Macintosh, though Windows is also supported throughout the school. WordPress blogs are used widely on the Elementary Campus as a tool for communicating general activities taking place in the classroom. Moodle is used as the main virtual learning platform on the Secondary Campus.
IST is a Google Apps school using Gmail, Google Docs and other apps extensively across campus for educational and other purposes.

IST Digital Citizenship Guidelines

Access to IST computers and the school’s wireless network is a privilege available to students at IST. With privilege comes responsibility. Our goal in providing this service is to enhance student learning and teach them about being responsible citizens in the 21st century. The guidelines below are in alignment with the IST Rights and Responsibilities.

Student Responsibility:

  • I will accept responsibility for proper use of school technology and for reporting any misuse of technology.
  • I will respect the privacy and dignity of students and teachers at all times and will not use, copy, or delete another user’s files, folders, or passwords.
  • I am responsible for keeping secret any passwords given to me and updating these regularly.
  • I will not intentionally alter existing software, hardware or network systems and their settings.
  • I will respect school equipment and not vandalize it.
  • I will not spread computer viruses or malicious software of any kind and will take precautionary measures to prevent such a spread (i.e. regularly scanning flash drives for viruses).
  • I will not play games on the computer during school hours, unless a teacher has given consent.

MacBook Clause:

  • I will never carry more than 2 at a time.
  • I will always keep the screen closed when not seated and stationary.
  • I will always ensure the proper shutdown of the computer.
  • I will always attempt to login with my personal user account and will contact ICT staff or teacher when not able to do so.

Network/Internet Safety:

  • I will follow the guidelines below:
    • I will not publish offensive or defamatory material on a web page or site.
    • I will not access social networking sites (i.e. Facebook, MySpace, Twitter, etc.) at school unless instructed to do so for a class activity by the teacher.
    • I will only download or stream data (video, music, etc.) that meets international copyright law and with the express consent of the school's Network Manager or ICT Coordinator.
    • I will not publish on the Internet personal information about myself OR others such as my full name, phone number, or address.
    • I will use network folders for school-related tasks only and realise that it is not a place for music, games, or other data of a personal nature.
    • I will not access the school's internet service from my personal computer without the express consent of the ICT staff.

E-Mail / Communication Safety:

  • I will follow the guidelines below when using school computers/accounts:
    • I will ensure that any school email account given to me is checked regularly.
    • I will not use other programs to Instant Message or Chat without permission from my teacher.
    • The school may filter and monitor - at random - students’ school accounts to ensure that they are used responsibly.

Parent Responsibilities:

Parents are expected to help their child follow these guidelines by monitoring their child’s use of technology at home.

If a student chooses to violate these guidelines, then s/he is subject to disciplinary consequences which may include losing access to using IST computers and the school network.

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