ENKA’s Computer Education and Educational Technologies Department aims to provide students with the communication technology skills they will need throughout their education and business life and enable them to produce creative and effective digital solutions for the problems and needs they encounter. Our primary goal is to ensure that our students use technology responsibly to research, learn, and communicate as global citizens, and to be informed about the impact technology has had in the 21st century.
We care that our students receive algorithmic thinking and technology education beginning in Pre-School. Below you can find our work on Computer Education at all levels at ENKA Schools.
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 and takes into account the knowledge and skills that our students should achieve through levels K-12. Such technology skills are effectively integrated into the curriculum in cooperation with the Educational Technology department and subject teachers.
Students begin to receive coding education in cognitive development, planning work, establishing situational relationships and generating new ideas. They also improve their problem-solving skills while dealing with the problems they encounter in coding activities. Their cognitive development in this area enables them to be more successful in coding at later ages. Determining the necessary actions to achieve a certain goal and implementing these actions sequentially is a phenomenon underlying the ability to think algorithmically. With our coding lessons, our students improve their algorithmic thinking skills.
In Primary School,
We implement the IB Primary Years Program. The ICT (Information and Communication Technologies) course focuses on digital citizenship and algorithmic thinking and coding and provides basic information technology skills. Attention is paid to the development of digital products prepared in the student’s studies during their Primary School years in accordance with the design principles and the use of tools in accordance with their purpose. Information finding, organizing, and cite sourcing are developed while conducting research, with attention paid to academic honesty and sourcing information from reliable sources. Our students are supported to collaborate in online environments. Students are taught good digital citizenry and know how to behave accordingly. In addition, activities are conducted with both block-based coding platforms and robotic tools for the further development of algorithmic thinking and coding skills. The curriculum is developed in accordance with the students’ grade level with increasing complexity in each successive year.
Students begin to develop projects using the design circle within the scope of MYP Design course. They use basic design principles, algorithmic thinking, and problem solving skills in these projects. While continuing block-based coding projects, this course provides the infrastructure for the text-based coding training and projects students will receive in the future. In the following years, students follow the stages of the design circle and produce solutions to today’s problems in 3D product designs and virtual worlds. Students develop these projects in the design-production-presentation triangle and are supported by appropriate presentation skills training.
In High School,
Our students improve their Computer Science skills through projects and activities at different levels. In the Prep Grade, all students take a Computer Science and Design course. Within the scope of this course, they learn basic concepts of Computer Science, the history and working principles of computers, and design and information technology,which they use to find solutions to current problems.
Our education systems and teaching methods are evolving to take advantage of the power of mobile devices to inspire student learning and to support their individual learning and critical thinking. The effectiveness of Bring Your Own Apple Device (BYOAD) programs have been globally recognized as one of the most effective ways to benefit from the opportunities offered by mobile devices and technology. BYOAD means students bring their personal computers and tablets to school to use educational apps. By enabling students to use their own devices in class, it helps turn spare time
spent outside of school into an advantage and helps increase cooperation and interaction in the classroom by providing quick access to resources offered from different parts of the world. It can also provide benefits in many areas such as critical thinking, research, and creativity skills.
One of the most important goals of teachers is to prepare students for the future. BYOAD programs enrich this effort. Personalized devices, which are currently used in higher education and business life, also help students with different needs to become lifelong learners. In addition to the negative effects of the pandemic, we can say that students have increased their skills in using the appropriate technology. We can use this advantage to carry it into our classrooms and to raise more responsible and careful individuals in online environments in the coming years.
Please confirm the following virtual learning environments Technology Use Parent Agreement on the system by September 26, 2022 at the latest.
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 https://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.