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Integrated Technology

IICS believes in continual improvement and has ongoing strategic development plans to constantly improve its technology.

Technology in the Classrooms
 

 
 
Technology Profile
 
TECHNOLOGY PROFILE OF IICS
IICS believes in continual improvement and has ongoing strategic development plans to constantly improve its technology. In order to provide students with skills relevant to the world they will encounter, the technology at school must reflect the evolving technology around us. We have brought technology out of the IT labs and into our classrooms, into the hands of the students, to make technology an integral part of classroom learning rather than a separate subject. When students engage and enjoy the technology they’re using, the division between playing, learning, and exploring starts to disintegrate and it all becomes part of the educational experience.
While our technology landscape continues to evolve and improve, at the time of this brochure’s printing, our educational technology includes:

• iPads in Early Years 3, 4, 5 and Grade 1 with applications that integrate into the curriculum. At this early childhood stage, the iPads allow young learners to become primary researchers.
• In grades 2 through 5 there is a 2-to-1 Macbook program.
• In grade 6 the Macbook program is 1-to-1.
• In grades 7-12 there is a 1-to-1 Macbook program.
• In gradesEarly Years-Grade 4, all teachers will have their own class websites, give class news, and provide RSS feeds for updates. Grades 5 and 6 will start students maintaining their own websites.
• Currently all classrooms on both campuses have data projectors in every room, as well as an iMac computer. Most classrooms have Apple TV. 
• Every classroom has an interactive smartboard.
• All teachers in primary school have their own digital camera to help the preserve classroom events, special projects, field trips, etc. There are also 40 cameras available for student use schoolwide.
• IICS has a robust intranet used for a variety of information sharing: teachers posting assignments, students submitting work, teachers commenting on work, students engaging in peer review, students registering for co-curricular activities and more.
• The entire school is networked via Ethernet as well as wi-fi. Our school internet bandwith at Marmara Campus is a 50 mbps fiber optic connection.
• All students grades 2-12 are provided with a school email account, which is their official digital line of communication with their teachers. Our school uses Google email as well as Google Drive and Google Calendar. Using Google Drive allows the students and teachers share files and collaborate online. Google Calendar enables teachers and staff to share their calendars and helps student learn time management. Students can also make bookings to reserve a video camera, a specific room for events (like the theater), etc.
• At the beginning of the school year we have added another color printer in Marmara Campus for students/teachers use.
• Our New Literacies Team works with teachers/students to provide assistance-- explanation of a new software, troubleshooting a technical issue with equipment, or help with our existing tools like planning a student assignment in our Managebac program. 

 

 
Internet Safety & Acceptable Use Policy
 

SECONDARY SCHOOL ACCEPTABLE USE POLICY

The use of a mobile computing device for learning is required and a privilege at IICS. The responsible use of technology at IICS is guided by both IICS’s mission statement as well as the IB Learner Profile. This means that we are inquisitive, compassionate, and creative users of technology who are committed to maintaining a caring environment. It also means that our use of technology is balanced and that we are actively engaged in local and international communication and collaboration. Ultimately, we use technology to thoughtfully improve our learning.  The Acceptable Use Policy outlines expectations for the use of personal and school technologies at IICS. The Responsible Use Agreement outlines behaviors that ensure the laptop is used for learning and is cared for properly. Additional internet safety FAQs are available here.

 

Students and parents must read and sign the Acceptable Use Policy which will be provided to them. For your reference, here is the text:

 

As a responsible and ethical user I am committed to the following:

Acceptable Use Policy

-Not recording, photographing or posting online audio and/or visual content of any person without their direct and clear permission

-Using only appropriate language (in any language), pictures, music, videos, etc. on my computer
-Not displaying images contrary to the culture of the IICS/Turkey on any of my devices
-Not playing violent or otherwise inappropriate games at IICS
-Respecting the copyright of materials and always giving credit to sources of information
-Permitting IICS staff and my parents/guardians to access my school email account, web pages, and other computer based materials upon request 
-Not possessing or sharing pirated software or content
-Not copying or passing-on software supplied by IICS
-Removing IICS-owned software from my laptop when I leave the school
-Not engaging in online activities (such as sending or receiving pictures/texts) that are inappropriate or compromise the privacy or security of anyone, on or off campus
-Not using peer-to-peer/torrenting software at school or on the bus
-Not installing malicious software on any device
-Not using tools to bypass network restrictions 
-Not hacking into another person’s computer, accounts or files
-Not using anyone else’s device without explicit permission
-Using my devices during class time only for course-related activities 

 

Responsible Use Policy
-Protecting my personal privacy when I am online by not revealing my home address, phone number, or other information of a personal nature
-Keeping my passwords private and not using anyone else’s passwords
-Conducting myself appropriately when interacting with others online
-Maintaining an adequately charged battery throughout the school day
-Being responsible for my data and regularly BACKING UP my files
-Thoughtfully managing my “screen” time and finding a balance between school work, family life and social life
-Carrying my laptop closed and with both hands
-Using my laptop on a flat, stable surface and in an ergonomically appropriate way
-Using print resources in a responsible manner. To conserve paper and ink, I will use "print preview" and print documents only once to reduce unnecessary printing.
-Keeping food and drink away from my laptop at all times
-Storing my laptop safely when not in use
-Personalizing my laptop with acceptable accessories 
-Being aware of wires and accessories connected to all laptops 

 

In cases of student misconduct, IICS reserves the right to inspect computers and electronic media and to carry out appropriate disciplinary action. Consequences for failure to adhere to the Acceptable Use Policy and/or the Responsible Use Agreement may result in restricted or complete loss of access to technology and the school’s networks and may include suspension, expulsion, and/or notification to the appropriate legal authorities. Student use of the school network is monitored.  At home, parents and/or guardians assume responsibility for their child’s responsible use of the laptop, just as they exercise responsibility for other information sources such as desktop computers, television, telephones, movies, radio and all other media.

 

PRIMARY SCHOOL ACCEPTABLE USE POLICY
Acceptable Use Policy - Grades 3 - 6
Before you begin using social media and devices as a student at IICS, we are asking that you agree to the terms and conditions below. As a responsible and ethical user of technology, I am committed to the following:
-Before all else, using my MacBook for learning.
-Keeping our shared and personal MacBooks in good working order by walking slowly whilst carrying the closed devices with both hands. 
-Treating my devices as valuable and keeping food and water away from them.
-Using print resources in a responsible manner. To conserve paper and ink, I will use "print preview" and print documents only once to reduce unnecessary printing.
-Giving credit to sources of information, videos, photos, etc. that I use for educational purposes.
-Never leaving my MacBook alone and when stored, properly connecting chargers.
-Keeping my personal as well as my friend’s, classmate’s, and family’s information private by not sharing it with anyone online or in person. 
-Never logging in or posting as anyone other than myself.
-Sharing my username or password with teachers and parents, but never with friends. Permitting IICS staff and my parents to access my school email account, web pages, and other computer based materials upon request.
-Getting permission before posting online any photographs or videos of students or teachers.
-Keeping social interactions online helpful, respectful, and positive both at school or off campus, including using appropriate/non-offensive language.
-Treating the online spaces as a classroom space and using appropriate language, pictures, music, videos, etc. on my computer at school and off campus. 
-Remembering to find the time to turn off my devices and enjoy time with my friends...technology free.  

 

Grade 6 only
In cases of student misconduct, IICS reserves the right to inspect computers and electronic media and to carry out appropriate disciplinary action. In cases where there are concerns that electronic communications systems and/or technology are being used inappropriately, teachers, school administrators, and parents / guardians may restrict and/or monitor student use. Similarly, student use of the school network is monitored.Consequences for failure to adhere to the Acceptable Use Policy may result in restricted or complete loss of access to technology and the school’s networks and may include suspension, expulsion, and/or notification to the appropriate legal authorities. The school may also remove any software from a student’s computer that is causing harm to our network or devices. 

 

Administrative Password
To provide a transition phase for students to acquire the level of responsibility to manage their own laptops, IICS is requesting that parents do not share the administrator password with their child. After the first parent teacher conference, IICS will look at each student to ensure his or her readiness to handle this responsibility. 

 

 
 

 
 

 

 

 

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