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.
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.
Our ICT team includes both 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 supports one-to-one access to devices. The model followed is summarized in this chart:
|KG to Grade 2||iPads||Class set||iPad Apps||IST|
|Grade 3||Macbooks||Class set||Mac Software and Google Apps||IST|
|Grade 4||Chromebooks||1:1 Class set||Google and Chrome Apps||IST|
|Grade 5||Chromebooks||1:1 Class set||Google and Chrome Apps||IST|
|Grade 6||Chromebooks||1:1 BYOC||Google and Chrome Apps||parent provided|
|Grade 7||Chromebooks||1:1 BYOC||Google and Chrome Apps||parent provided|
|Grade 8||Chromebooks||1:1 BYOC||Google and Chrome Apps||parent provided|
|Grade 9||Device Neutral||1:1 BYOL||Specific list of software||parent provided|
|Grade 10||Device Neutral||1:1 BYOL||Specific list of software||parent provided|
|Grade 11||Device Neutral||1:1 BYOL||Specific list of software||parent provided|
|Grade 12||Device Neutral||1:1 BYOL||Specific list of software||parent provided|
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.
- 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.
- 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.
- 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.
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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