This handbook provides you with information that will help you become acquainted with the aims and objectives of the school, a brief overview of the curriculum as well as practical day-to-day information.
- Our Programme
- Educational Technology and Bring Your Own Device (BYOD)
- Use of Mobile Phones
- Use of Personal Music Devices
At ISZL we use a range of up-to-date educational technologies to provide engaging, relevant and authentic learning experiences, often not otherwise possible. Our Educational Technology Coaches work with teachers to create learning experiences throughout the curriculum where technology is effectively integrated and which helps to equip students with the skills and knowledge they need to live productively in an increasingly digital world.
We are committed to providing a caring, respectful and supportive environment for all of our students; this commitment extends to the online as well as the physical environment. In addition to the ISZL Code of Conduct, the Educational Technology Responsible Use Agreement, signed each year by students and parents, sets an expectation for all students to be respectful, responsible and safe while using educational technology. While these documents provide clearly articulated expectations, students will often need to make wise decisions about their behaviour so that it aligns with our ISZL ethos and culture. We work closely with students to promote responsible digital citizenship and use of technology through aspects of our Personal Social and Health Education (PSHE) curriculum as well as other curriculum areas and experiences.
The use of the school network, school supplied accounts, electronic devices and resources both while at school and while not, must be in line with the expectations set out in the ISZL Code of Conduct and the Educational Technology Responsible Use Agreement. ISZL reserves the right to store student data. In instances where there is suspicion of unacceptable student behaviour, as defined in the Student Expectations pages of the ISZL Code of Conduct, ISZL has the right to view the personal data of students concerned.
The ISZL educational technology vision statement captures our belief in the vital role that educational technology plays in teaching and learning:
We embrace technology as a crucial tool for teaching, learning and inquiring that empowers students to think critically and creatively, to collaborate and communicate, thereby supporting the ISZL Mission statement in promoting academic achievement and preparing students to thrive in a global society.
Teachers and students throughout the school use educational technology in developmentally appropriate ways to deepen and enhance the learning process and to promote the development of responsible digital citizenship and information literacy.
The use of technology is embedded within our curriculum in relevant and meaningful ways. Our Educational Technology Responsible Use Agreement, signed annually by students and parents, sets out the need for the safe, legal and responsible use of information and educational technology.
Educational technology coaches support teachers throughout the school to meaningfully use technology when they plan, teach, assess and reflect on the curriculum. Teachers and students have access to a wide range of resources and online tools within a modern, reliable, school-wide wireless network. Our network is supported and maintained by a responsive in-house technical support team. Our community-wide Virtual Learning Environment (VLE) is a key tool in supporting learning and communication in the school.
Preparing students to be successful in their lives necessarily involves helping them to be able to use technology in supporting and extending their learning. The modern workplace and certainly post-secondary education demand that those entering these areas are already comfortable and competent in using technology purposefully.
In the High School, all students are required to bring a personal laptop to school as part of their regular school equipment. Students may also bring other devices, such as phones or tablets (for example, an iPad) and use them when appropriate. Further information concerning the school’s Bring Your Own Device (BYOD) initiative, may be found on the Parent Portal section of the school’s website (www.iszl.ch).
As students will be accessing the ISZL network, expectations regarding appropriate use will be enforced. Students are also responsible for the safekeeping of their own equipment and ISZL will not be responsible if a personal device brought to school is damaged or goes missing.
Personal music devices may be used at lunchtime and break times and during free time in the school day but not in class, the library or the computer labs nor during assembly, activity or homeroom groups unless permission has been given by the supervising teacher. The music should never be at a volume that disturbs others and students should be vigilant as excessive volume causes hearing damage.