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)
- Social Media Guidelines for Students
- 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.
(Updated June 2019)
Social Media Guidelines for Students
The International School of Zug and Luzern (ISZL) recognises the importance of social media for educational and communication purposes. To that end, the School provides a password-protected social media styled environment, the ISZL Schoology environment, to which all ISZL community members have access and are encouraged to use. The School also recognises the potential benefits and opportunities to enhance education, communication and learning by using social media beyond the ISZL Schoology environment.
These social media guidelines aim to encourage the safe use of social media by the School and its students. The guidelines respond to a growing use of social media and the School’s enhanced responsibilities associated with the protection of personal data as a result of the European Union’s General Data Protection Regulations (GDPR).
Social media, for the purposes of this policy, is any kind of online site or service that enables people to directly interact with each other. It includes, but is not limited to, web logs (blogs) (e.g. Tumblr, Blogger), wikis, micro-blogs (e.g. Twitter), personal websites, message boards, chat rooms, electronic newsletters, online forums, social networking sites (e.g. Facebook), video or picture sharing sites (e.g. YouTube, Instagram, Snapchat) and virtual worlds.
Personal Use of Social Media
ISZL acknowledges that students use social media for both educational and personal purposes. Students are reminded to be responsible digital citizens as laid out in the Educational Technology Student Responsible Use Agreement.
The following general guidelines apply to all student use of social media:
Confidential information relating to the School, its staff and its students should not be disclosed
Dates, times or locations of upcoming school events involving ISZL students should not be shared
The ISZL name and logo are owned by the School and should not be used in the name or identity of any social media account other than official ISZL ones
Personally identifiable student information (names, birth dates, addresses, student ID number, signature) should not be shared
Minimum age requirements of the platform should be adhered to
Students are encouraged to read the data privacy notice of platforms they use to understand what is happening to their personal data
Educational Use of Social Media
Beyond the Schoology environment, other social media accounts for educational purposes e.g. a class Instagram or WhatsApp account, may be used to support teaching and learning. If you would like to use social media for an educational purpose, a request for the creation of an account should be submitted to your teacher who will take the appropriate action with the Divisional Head and Director of Educational Technology.
Official ISZL Social Media
The Advancement Office is responsible for maintaining the School’s official public social media accounts. These accounts clearly identify the School and are used to share stories and events from the School community, to promote our programmes outside the School, and to create school spirit. They are also used to share information when it is appropriate for the public.
It may be possible for additional public ISZL social media accounts to be created and used by staff members and students to communicate about ISZL activities. If you would like to start an official ISZL social media account, a request should be submitted to your teacher who will take the appropriate action with the Divisional Head and Director of Educational Technology.
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.