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Technology

Technology Vision Statement:

MIS strives to develop a community of digital lifelong learners who aspire to make a difference in the not-yet-known-world

At MIS, we are committed to integrating technology to enhance the learning and teaching environment. We engage our learners in solving challenging problems and puzzles, thinking critically and enhancing their creativity. We provide learning experiences that are connected with pedagogical purpose, encourage collaboration and provide a window for expression and reflection. We recognize the importance of digital literacy and use technology to develop responsible and empowered individuals.

Read the complete EdTech Vision here.

Infrastructure and platforms

We use various platforms to articulate the different needs we have:

Purpose Platform
Curriculum, Report Cards, Attendance ManageBac
Learning Process (PYP1 to DP2) Managebac, Microsoft Office, Google classroom
Eportfolio in Primary (PS to PYP5) Seesaw
Library Management System Follett Destiny

Devices

We are a multi-device school. In the Primary school, we provide:

  • 15 iPads in Preschool
  • 1:1 iPad in PYP1-2
  • 1:1 Chromebook in PYP3-4-5

In the Secondary school, we developed a Bring Your Own Device (BYOD) programme. MYP1 to DP2 students are expected to come to school with a laptop following those specifications:

Minimal technical requirements for Windows laptops:

  • Processor 2.2 GHz (Intel/AMD) with 64 bit compatibility mode support
  • 4 Gigabyte RAM (minimum)
  • 300 GB Hard drive or better (Solid State drive for better performance)
  • Portable Hard Drive for work file backup
  • Wireless LAN 802.11b/g/n/ac, supports WPA2 Authentication (most recent hardware should support it)
  • The laptop hardware should support Windows 7 or above
  • Worldwide/India service, parts and labor warranty
  • Anti Virus subscription (Kaspersky, Mcafee, AVG etc)

Technical Requirements for Macintosh users:

  • Any MacBook
  • Anti Malware (Malwarebytes is free)

Teachers at MBIS integrate technology in the classroom regularly through our platforms and through various learning engagements, creative tasks and digital citizenship lessons. To know more about our engagements with Digital Citizenship, click here.

EdTech Essential Agreements

PRIMARY SCHOOL

Preschool 

When we take an iPad…

  • We use two hands – 1, 2 hands!
  • We listen to them – Listen to them!* *Them (pointing at the Teacher and Teacher Assistant).
  • We take turns – We take turns!
  • We keep it safe – Keep it safe!

PYP1-2

  • Be gentle and responsible with the iPad
  • Hold the iPad with two hands
  • Follow the instructions (given by teachers)
  • Respect yourself and others when using your iPad
  • Share your iPad when needed
  • Close the apps when not using your iPad
  • Follow the Digital Citizenship poster.

PYP3-4-5

  • Be gentle and responsible with your Chromebook
  • Hold the Chromebook with two hands
  • Follow the instructions (given by teachers)
  • Respect yourself and others when using your Chromebook
  • Be ready to share & collaborate on your Chromebook
  • Keep you password private
  • Cite your sources
  • Follow the Digital Citizenship poster.

https://elementary.oslis.org/cite-sources/mla-elementary-citation

SECONDARY SCHOOL

Expectations about the devices:

  • Bring your own laptop everyday along with the charger (an iPad is not an appropriate device in Secondary school at MIS), as per the specifications circulated by Secondary:

Hardware:

Minimal technical requirements for Windows laptops:

  • Processor 2.2 GHz (Intel/AMD) with 64 bit compatibility mode support
  • 4 -8 Gigabyte RAM (minimum)
  • 300 GB Hard drive or better (Solid State drive for better performance)
  • Portable Hard Drive for work file backup
  • Wireless LAN 802.11b/g/n/ac, supports WPA2 Authentication (most recent hardware should support it)
  • The laptop hardware should support Windows 7 or above
  • Worldwide/India service, parts, and labor warranty
  • A licensed version of antivirus should be installed

Technical Requirements for Macintosh users:

  • Any macbook
  • A licensed version of antivirus should be installed. Macintosh users can be connected to the system and will be able to use online resources without any issue.

Following the code of conduct, “mobile phones may be brought to school, but they have to be in “switched off” mode. They may only be used in the reception area at the end of school, unless when asked by a teacher to switch them on for an educational purpose.”

Digital Citizenship

Topics Essential Agreements
Privacy and Security Sign in to your school’s Google Apps for Education Account on Chrome (@MIS.org) in order to have the extensions, apps and add-ons we push to you and have safe search. Incognito mode is not acceptable.

Protect yourself: lock your system when not using it or logout/sign out. Do not share your usernames or passwords.

Create a strong password with letters, digits and special characters.

Manage your private information. You do not need to remember ALL your passwords. Use the Chrome settings to manage your passwords.

Do not sign up for websites, newsletters or download software using private information.

Digital Footprint and Reputation Respect your privacy and others’ privacy

Social media are not allowed at school except for special projects supervised by teachers, (and

granted by the Secondary Principal) and age appropriate (we must comply with the law, mostly

no use of social media below 13 years old) 

The digital world is permanent, think before posting online

Leave a creative and positive footprint: if you are using social media online (as part of a school project supervised by teachers) share your work and make a positive impact. Always think about your future: getting into college, getting a job and the print you leave online when people google you.

Self-Image and Identity Present yourself as you are while being online.

Develop an identity that follows the IB Learner Profile and our School’s mission.

Follow the profile image criteria of MIS when you need to upload a profile picture of you on an official school platform:

  • a current photo where we can identify the person (not a photo of someone else, not a photo from far away),
  • the person is alone on the photo (no one else, even in the background),
  • a formal or semi-formal picture (no sunglasses please, formal/semi-formal, no “fun” picture and no special effects or added elements),
  • not a photo of “something” or a image taken from the internet.
Creative Credit and Copyright Do not “Copy-paste” unless you use quotation marks and give credits to the author(s)

Give credit to others’ ideas even when you paraphrase

Instead of “consuming”, try to create your own content, develop your own ideas and perhaps publish content as part of a project on Creative commons

Use the MLA 8th edition to make citations (on Word, use the citation tool, or else, use OWE to guide you) or use: https://secondary.oslis.org/cite-sources/mla-secondary-citation

When taking an image from the internet, on Google Image, select “search tools” and “labelled for reuse”.

You still need to give credit to that image (use the link of the image)

You should make use of Creative Commons resources when reusing, creating and publishing: https://search.creativecommons.org/

Be aware that teachers check your Turnitin originality report to verify you have cited your sources when submitting assignments on ManageBac.

Relationships and Communication Listen to instructions (given by teachers). 3 modes: device closed, crocodile/alligator/semi-closed mode and working mode (opened device).

Respect yourself and others in using technology and the internet. Any misbehaviour such as invasion of privacy (ex: taking picture/videos of students or staff without consent), abuse, defamation, harassment or threatening communications are subjects to serious consequences by the Head of school and beyond if necessary.

Build and strengthen positive onlinecommunication.

Greet people when writing emails, use proper punctuation and etiquette (avoid all CAPS words), be respectful and expect the same in return.

Use the Chat feature and the tech tools (google doc, google slides, padlet, etc.) appropriately.

Information Literacy  When searching online, make sure your source of information is accurate and relevant

Use Webpath Express on Destiny (curated and vetted by educators): https://MIS.follettdestiny.com/common/welcome.jsp?context=saas38_8506201

Prefer using advanced search or operators (site:.edu, .gov), use Google Scholar. Do not assume

some websites are accurate because they are famous. Use the acronym “C.R.A.P” (Currency,

Relevance/Reliability, Authority, Purpose) to guide you in thinking critically about your digital sources.

Make use of the Library resources, Destiny and the Media Specialists in your research.

Find out from your teachers what might be relevant sources for each subject.

Cyberbullying and Digital Drama We expect the same behaviour offline and online: respect yourself and others. Any form of bullying is unacceptable and is subject to serious consequences by the Head of School and beyond if necessary.

Be an upstander: take an active role in supporting others on the spot or in a delayed manner by

informing a trusted adult (a teacher to escalate the case) if they are impacted by cyberbullying, build a

positive culture in our school and raise awareness to stop cyberbullying.

You can always reach out to the counsellor(s) for help.

Internet Safety  Use the Chrome browser and sign in to your Google Apps for Education Account.

Your system administrator ensures that you are protected by using firewalls and blocking certain websites.

Use the bandwidth responsibly so everyone can work normally at school: Understand that we cannot download files which are not related to your learning and that you cannot download large files. Students are not allowed to download games, movies, etc. using the school wifi. Finally, students are not allowed to use any type of online proxy and VPN services to access restricted websites and applications.