The increasing use of technology in all aspects of society makes confident, creative and productive use of Information and Communication Technologies (ICT) an essential skill for life.
ICT encompasses not only the mastery of technical skills, but also the understanding to apply them purposefully, safely and responsibly in learning, daily life and employment.
Besides our Programming, Computing and Technology programmes; ICT knowledge and skills are learnt and developed at CLIP through the various subjects, which embedded the IT Skills Standards into their planning and through cross-curricular projects in which students learn about, and with, digital information systems and technology.
The use of devices in the classroom is encouraged, supports and potentiates learning opportunities. Students and parents are informed of Bring Your Own Technology (BYOT) Policy conditions and rules and will automatically adhere to it when enrolling in the school.
Bring your own Technology (BYOT)
Clip currently runs a Bring Your Own Technology (BYOT) programme throughout the school years.
This programme requires that all students bring a device to school to enrich their learning and access online resources and learning environments in the classroom.
Parents are free to choose the device for their child to bring to school as long as it fulfils the minimum requirements present in this policy.
CLIP uses instructional technology as one way of enhancing our mission to teach the skills, knowledge and behaviours students will need as responsible citizens in the global community.
Students learn collaboration, communication, creativity and critical thinking in a variety of ways throughout the school day. In an effort to increase access to those 21st Century skills, CLIP requires students to bring their personal devices and connect them to our public network available on school grounds. Students are expected to follow the responsibilities stated in the ICT Acceptable Use Policy and the present guidelines regarding BYOT.
An important component of BYOT is students’ education about appropriate online behaviours.
We will review cyber-safety rules with students frequently throughout the course of the school year and will offer reminders and reinforcement about safe online behaviours. In addition to the rules outlined in these guidelines, students will be expected to comply with all class and school rules while using personal devices. In a world of digital natives, the use of technology is increasingly a necessity, but also a privilege. When abused, privileges will be removed.
- Scope of Application
This policy applies to activities promoted by CLIP both on and outside school campus.
This includes curricular and extra-curricular activities during school hours, break time and lunch time, as well as after school activities such as CLIP Clubs, CLIP teams, school trips or other events promoted by CLIP.
- Device Types
For the purpose of this programme, the word “devices” will include: laptops, netbooks, IPads, tablets, and eReaders.
Parts of this policy also apply to phones, smart phones, phablets, IPods, smart watches, wearable electronic devices, any other electronic devices yet to be invented although these should not be confused with the normal computing devices required for school use. Please note that gaming devices with or without internet access such as Nintendo DS, PSP or similar are not permissible at this time unless requested by a teacher for a specific educational activity.
- Each teacher has the discretion to allow and regulate the use of personal devices in the classroom and on specific projects - for research, note taking or text producing.
- Approved devices must be in silent mode while on school campus, unless otherwise allowed by a teacher. Headphones may be used in specific lessons / subjects with teachers’ permission as long as compliant to internal regulations namely those set by directors or the headmaster.
- Devices may not be used to cheat on assignments, quizzes, or tests or for non-instructional purposes (such as making personal phone calls, accessing social networks and/or text messaging during class time).
- Students may not use devices to record, transmit, or post photographic images or video of a person or persons on campus during school hours or during school or after school activities, unless otherwise allowed by a teacher.
- Devices may only be used to access computer files on internet sites which are relevant to the classroom curriculum.
- Students and Parents/Guardians acknowledge that:
- The school’s network filters will be applied to a device’s connection to the internet and any attempt to bypass the network filters is prohibited.
- CLIP is authorised to collect and examine any device that is suspected of causing technology problems or was the source of an attack or virus infection.
- Students and parents should be aware that devices are subject to search by school administrators if the device is suspected of a violation of the student code of conduct. If the device is locked or password protected the student or parents will be required to unlock the device at the request of a school administrator. If parents decline to accept such search, that specific equipment will not be allowed in school and a different equipment must be brought to school by the student.
Students are prohibited from:
- Intentionally bringing a device on premises that infects the network with a virus, Trojan, or program designed to damage, alter, destroy, or provide unauthorised access to data or information.
- Processing or accessing information on school property related to “hacking.”
- Attempting to alter or bypass network security policies.
- Lost, Stolen, or Damaged Devices
Each user is responsible for his/her own device and should use it responsibly and appropriately.
In conformity with CLIP’s personal property policy, the school takes no responsibility for stolen, lost, or damaged devices, including lost or corrupted data on those devices. While school employees will help students identify how to keep personal devices secure, students will have the final responsibility for securing their personal devices.
CLIP strongly advises parents to arrange suitable insurance for the mentioned devices.
CLIP will try to promote communication between parents in case of accident/broken device but will not act as referee or judge in case of dispute.
- Usage Charges
CLIP is not responsible for any possible mobile data charges (GPRS/3G/4G) that might be incurred during approved school-related use.
- Network Considerations
Users should strive to maintain appropriate bandwidth for school-related work and communications.
All users will use the appropriate CLIP Wi-Fi network to access the internet. CLIP does not guarantee connectivity or the quality of the connection with personal devices. CLIP IT Services department is not responsible for maintaining or troubleshooting student tech devices.
- Other Student Responsibilities
- Students’ devices must be equipped with anti-virus software if applicable or possible.
- Students are solely responsible for the maintenance and upkeep of their devices.
- Students are responsible for backing-up their own data and should ensure this is done regularly.
- Students must use the school’s internet complying with the school´s approved policy.
- Whilst engaged in educational activities students must use their devices at the direction of the teacher.
- Students will not physically connect their devices to school equipment without permission of the school.
- Students will use their own portal/email/internet/etc log-in details and will never share them with others.
Students will not use their own device to knowingly search for, link to, access or send anything that is:
- defamatory or
- considered to be bullying
- Students must immediately report inappropriate behaviour and inappropriate material to a teacher.
- Students must understand that all activities on the internet are recorded and that these records may be used in investigations, court proceedings or for other legal reasons.
- Other Considerations and minimum requirements
- The minimum screen size required for educational activities is 7” although 10” and a keyboard (e.g. Bluetooth) is highly recommended for productivity purposes.
- The device must be able to access a Wi-Fi network.
- The device should be portable and light enough to carry around all day.
- The use of protective cases and / or carrying bags is highly recommended.
- A Microsoft Office 365 account is issued to each student enrolled at CLIP with access to 5 licensed copies of the most current Microsoft Office and to the web browser version of the same software. Each student is also provided with an institutional email account and storage space on the cloud.
- The school is not liable for the use of any unlicensed software.
- Printing from personal devices will not be possible at school.
- Personal devices must be charged prior to school and run on battery power while at school.
- Devices can be used in non-teaching periods in Middle School and Upper School as long as students comply with the school’s policies.
- During the course of the school year, additional rules regarding the use of personal devices may be added.