ENKA Schools believes that learning should be accessible, flexible and provided in various forms. As part of this goal, our schools support many teaching practices by using and enhancing digital tools and technologies. Therefore, the ENKA community is developing a consistent understanding for the appropriate, responsible, effective and ethical usage of technology. Our primary goal is to have students, as global citizens, use technology responsibly to research, learn and communicate as well as know about the effects of technology in the 21st century.
Any tools used must have an effective and enduring learning outcome: this is the key aim of educational technology. All in-school training designed for teachers is planned and provided by the ENKA Schools’ Educational Technology department. The Educational Technology curriculum is prepared in line with ISTE (International Society for Technology in Education) standards as well as knowledge and skills that our students should achieve throughout levels K-12. Such skills are effectively integrated into the curriculum, in cooperation with the Educational Technology department and subject teachers.
ENKA Schools provides a technology-focused learning environment for students featuring: a wireless campus, computer and design labs with the latest technology, smart projectors in the classrooms, 3D printers and the latest technology tools and equipment. In 2014 as part of the 1:1 learning model, our school rolled out a learning with iPads programme. Students in Grade 4 and upper levels are expected to play an active role in their learning by bringing their own personal device.
Celale Esra Arslan
Educational Technology Coordinator
1:1 Digital learning programme is a learning model where children bring their own personal devices to school for educational purposes.
Our school believes in wide range and efficiency of applications, interactive courses and books, accessibility, professional development and strategic planning, and the importance of mobile learning. Hence, we have chosen to work with the iOS platform which serves these purposes best.
1:1 iPad pilot programme was carried out in middle school grade 5 and high school grade 9 and has been carried on to a higher grade. Starting from the 2017-2018 academic year, it is planned that our students who are in and above Elementary school Grade 4, can bring their personal iPads to school and participate in learning activities designed with iPads.
At Pre-school and elementary school Grades 1-2-3 the classroom iPads that are owned by the school are used in station activities. In these grade levels, the goal is to ensure that the iPads are used to create meaningful connections with the inquiry units and that our students learn through experience and reinforce their knowledge. They are also actively used in differentiation.
The ET department is working closely with faculty members to ensure the integration of iPads and educational applications to the curriculum and is regularly and organising professional development educations.
The grade levels where the 1:1 iPad programme is initiated, through the orientation educations that is provided by our department we aim to ensure that our students use their devices in the most effective manner for academic purposes.
If our students do not already have an iPad you chose one of the models below and purchase one with a 32 GB or higher memory capacity;
- Wifi iPad Pro 10.5 inch
- Wifi iPad New 9.7 inch
After the students have their devices approved by the IT department, they can use our school’s wireless network to connect to the internet. The IT department will record the MAC addresses of the approved devices.
Yes. If our student already has an iPad, they can use it. Some of the educational applications are not compatible with some old iPad models. Please check these applications accordingly.
Our students are responsible for the management of storage capacity. Content that would prevent the iPad to be used for academic purposes by filling the storage capacity should be backed up and synched in real time on iCloud and they should be deleted. If our students need help, they can get the necessary support from the IT department.
Our students who own an iPad to be used for academic purposes should not download any personal applications such as games etc., and remove any pre-existing ones. Our school does not have remote access to personal devices. Within the scope of the student agreement, students are expected to take on the necessary responsibilities pertaining to the usage of their iPad.
Yes. A cover that supports vertical and horizontal holding of the iPad should be purchased. Suggested accessories include; a stylus pen that would allow them to write on the iPad, a bluetooth keyboard and a simple headphone. If you are using iPad Pro, you can prefer a pen and a keyboard specifically designed for them.
The responsibility regarding data backup completely belongs to the student. The school will not be responsible for any data loss. If the device is lost or damaged, again the responsibility belongs to the student. On the other hand, the IT Department is responsible for giving the necessary technical support to find the device. If you wish, you may prefer to purchase plans that will cover physical damage and broken screens. For more information about the protection plans, please contact the store you purchased your device.
At the beginning of the school year we send our parents an information letter that includes the list of applications that will make the iPad usage more efficient. It is the responsibility of our students to install these apps and come to lessons ready and prepared.
Primary School Information Letter on IOS Apps – 2017-2018 Parent Letter for Primary School Apps.
Middle School Information Letter on IOS Apps – 2017-2018 Parent Letter for Middle School Apps.
High School Information Letter on IOS Apps – 2017-2018 Parent Letter for High School Apps.
No. It doesn’t sell iPads. Also, it doesn’t sell any iPad accessories.
ENKA Schools expects each student in grades 4-12 to have an iPad to use in classes and at home in requirement of the educational technologies development plan.
No. As a result of careful and rigorous research and discussions, ENKA Schools decided that Apple is the only portable device that supports the vision of the school for teaching and learning.
Students who forget their devices at home are not given a spare device for use at school. If the student cannot bring his/her device for a certain period of time due to reasons such as loss, damage, repair, etc., the parent needs to inform the school administration about the excuse. For students who do not bring their devices to school without any reported excuse, and for students who cannot participate in the lesson because their device is out of battery, the teacher of the lesson will make an evaluation of the situation.
For the iPad, there are many internet browsers that allow parents to set limits on the sites their children will have access to. Mobicip is one of these browsers. See http://www.mobicip.com for more information.
Parents can activate Family Sharing feature by setting it up in the iCloud settings of their iOS device. You can define an Apple ID by linking it to your Apple ID, which you will create for your child from family sharing. So you can control your child’s App Store purchases if you like.
- To work, produce, share and participate actively in activities by using digital tools and resources in the 1: 1 classrooms
- To use the device in compliance with ethical and academic rules at all times
- To give importance to the privacy and security of personal information in the online environment.
You can get more information about the student responsibilities by reading the iPad Use Agreement for Students – ENKA Schools Student Agreement_ENG.pdf
- To support the academic works of the students in their device
- To encourage responsible use of the device.
- Attending professional development trainings and developing themselves about the learning activities and teaching strategies to be used in 1:1 Digital learning environments
- Creating student centered learning opportunities with technology by using appropriate teaching pedagogy, methods and techniques.
- Providing guidance about internet access service and necessary software
- Supporting students when they have technical or software problems during school time
- Providing teachers with professional development opportunities to develop their IT knowledge and skills and encouraging them to attend these trainings
- Planning and providing IT trainings for students to explain them the academic use of digital tools and resources
- Guiding students to become good digital citizens.
We satisfy our daily needs by using various information technologies resources and tools in constantly digitalizing world. Students use technological devices both at home and at schools for personal and academic needs. We need to teach students the rules of digital world and prepare them to be good digital citizens by teaching them how to use technology in a responsible way. We integrate the nine elements of digital citizenship in the curriculum by focusing on wrong use of technology, and abuse. Access, trade, communication, literacy, ethics, law, rights and responsibilities, security issues are integrated in IT curriculum and in other disciplines’ curriculums with the help of Counseling Department.