BYOD: Bring Your Own Device @ ISM
Visit: ISM Connect: BYOD Website
International School Manila is committed to delivering the highest quality education in line with current best practices in the integration of technology. In 2011 students in grades 11 and 12 began participating in our BYOD program and from this success the program was expanded in 2013 to include grades 9 and 10 and in 2014 to include grades 7 and 8.
We believe that students thrive in an environment in which education with technology is a seamless part of their lives. The initiation of the BYOD program has helped enable students at ISM to take ownership and responsibility for their learning both in and outside of the classroom and the introduction of BYOD to Middle School as well has helped provide an easy transition into the High School learning environment.
In short any student at ISM in grades 7 - 12 is required to bring their own laptop device to school to use as a learning tool in the classroom.
This website will serve as a guide for information, requirements and frequently asked questions for our grades 7-12 BYOD program.
The term “21st Century Learning” has been used for many years now to describe the skill set and knowledge students should strive
to hone to best succeed in the world we now live. The goal of 21st Century Learning at ISM is to support students in a manner which
best helps them to extend learning beyond the walls of the classroom, to access learning in new ways, to enhance critical thinking
and problem solving skills and to collaborate in methods which mirror life beyond ISM. We are preparing global citizens proficient in
the use of technology to access the knowledge needed to succeed.
The use of student laptops will help encourage learning to extend beyond the classroom and with less interruption. It will provide
students with a chance to research, analyze and synthesize knowledge in a seamless transition that best supports their individual
styles of learning.
Technology and Student-Owned Devices:
To help ensure that ISM students are technologically prepared to live and work in a digital world, all students will be expected to
bring a laptop computer to school each day.
The school favors Macs and our recommendation is to take advantage of the iCampus store located next to the FAT, which will
provide ongoing support and discounted prices for Apple laptops purchased from them. Please note that this store is run by an
independent firm, Senco Link Technologies and ISM has no interest in this firm other than using it to provide for our own hardware
needs. Windows is also supported
iPads and Tablet Devices:
ISM recognizes that iPads and tablets may function as a laptop replacement in many circumstances. Students may utilize these
devices responsibly at ISM, but must be fully aware of the challenges it may present for their workflow. It is suggested that if a
student wishes to utilize an iPad or tablet in class, it is highly recommended to bring an additional keyboard. Students wishing to
utilize an iPad or tablet should be prepared to provide the necessary applications to work in an efficient and productive manner as
determined by their teachers.
Please refer to the Authorized Information Technology Use Policy for Students below.
Appendix B: Information & Communication Technology Use Policy (Students)
Student Technology Acceptable Use Policy
International School Manila is committed to delivering the highest quality education in line with current best practices in the
integration of technology. We believe that students thrive in an environment in which education with technology is a seamless part
of their lives. International School Manila’s goal is to provide students with the understanding, tools and skill sets needed to use
technology in ways appropriate to their education and learning as deemed by the school. The BYOD program has helped enable
students to take ownership and responsibility for their learning both in and outside of the classroom.
High School students at ISM will bring their own laptops to school each day. The acceptable use of these devices take into account these three general principles
Interact through open, honest and respectful communication
Promote personal and community integrity
Choose and use technology at appropriate times
Current information, recommendations and answers to questions may also be viewed via ISM Connect.
All ISM students in grades 9-12 are required to bring a laptop computer to school each day. Laptops must meet or exceed the
minimum specifications noted here. Students using computers that do not meet the specifications may have difficulty participating
in learning activities designed by teachers and may be required to upgrade or replace their machine.
Device Type Laptop Computer
Platform Mac / Windows PC
Operating System Mac OSX 10.6 or higher
Windows 7 or higher English Supported
Minimum Screen Size 11 inches (13" and larger recommended)
Processor Intel i3 or faster recommended
RAM 2 GB (4 GB or more recommended)
Hard Drive 120 GB or larger (256GB or more recommended)
Wireless 802.11g or higher (No B or G devices)
Battery Life 4+ Hours
Warranty Strongly recommend 3 year warranty (Apple Care if Mac)
* ISM does not maintain an 802.11b wireless network. Laptops with only b or b/g wireless network cards may experience Internet
drops and possible loss of work.
Netbooks, Chromebooks and Tablets/iPads do not meet our minimum hardware specifications.
Students using either of these will face challenges in completing their coursework and are required to buy a laptop. They are,
however, welcome as a supplemental tool to a laptop considering many of the benefits provided by the applications unique to
devices such as a tablet.
As students will be carrying their laptops around campus, it is advisable to seek a laptop that is not too bulky or heavy. Computers
designed primarily for gaming can be quite large with low battery life and are not recommended.
Purchasing a Laptop for School
ISM families have a wide range of choices for purchasing a laptop for use at school. When deciding which laptop to purchase, please
refer to the requirements and recommendations, but also balance that decision with personal preferences, the students’ courses,
size, design and familiarity.
Care and Maintenance
Each laptop is the property of the student's family and each student has the responsibility to manage it. In the event of loss, theft, or
damage – whether on or off school grounds – students are solely responsible for repairs and/or replacement. Laptops that are
deemed too damaged for effective learning - including cracked screens - (subject to judgment by the IT department) will require
Transport of Laptops
It is highly recommended that laptops be enclosed in a protective sleeve or case within a bag or backpack for transporting them.
Laptops are fragile and setting anything heavy on the top case may result in a cracked screen or other damage.
Laptop Visual Appearance and Responsibility
Inappropriate media may not be used as a screensaver/desktop backgrounds or attached to laptop accessories, including display of
weapons, pornography, inappropriate language, alcohol, drug, gang-related or hate symbols or pictures.
Batteries and Charging
Batteries should be fully charged overnight before arriving at school in the morning. Sufficient access to power points is provided in
most instructional spaces in the school. Students should bring their charging cables with them to school every day.
The copy and print facility is located in the HS Library. The purpose of this system is to allow students to print straight from their
computers to the printer and pay using their debit cards. This will mean the following:
The library assistants will no longer manage printing for students, and they will no longer collect cash.
The students do not have to log onto the computers located in the library to print their work; they can do this
from either their own computer or the provided desktops.
Students will no longer use cash to pay for their copies, these will be all be done through their ID/debit card.
Black/White printing will be 2php and colored will be 10php.
With the advent of the BYOD initiative in the HS, we understand that, on occasion, circumstances may arise in which
students may forget their personal laptop or temporarily be without due to repair, etc. In the event that a student is unable to bring
a laptop to school, ISM HS students may check out a Mac laptop from the IT Office for a temporary period of one school day. The
laptops may not be taken off campus unless specifically approved by the administration and the IT Dept due to extenuating
Students must bring their student ID to the IT Office to check out a laptop, sign an agreement form and return it by 3:00pm on the
same day. When transporting the ISM owned laptop, please use a bag to help protect the device from damage.
Please note the following:
Availability will remain on a first come, first-served basis.
Please note that students borrowing a laptop will be fully liable for damage or theft of the device.
If you do not bring your school ID, you will not be able to check out a laptop.
Please do not alter user preferences or install any software on the device.
If you fail to return a laptop by 3pm to the IT Office, you may be prohibited from borrowing again.
Please be aware that laptop checkouts are to be used only in an emergency and it is the student’s responsibility to bring their own
laptop to school every day. Checking out a laptop more than 5 times per semester will require an explanation to administration.
Being a Responsible Digital Learner and Citizen at ISM (Students)
As part of a connected community of peers and adults, respect - for each other, for each other’s property, and for one’s own
property and responsibilities - is a cornerstone for building a worthwhile learning community.
Whatever is posted online can go anywhere and find anyone, so content and context needs to be carefully considered every time
digital technologies are used to create, communicate or post anything. We should only share messages that will enhance the
reputation of ourselves, our fellow students, our families, and our school.
In the Digital Age, with identity tied to digital connections, it is important to understand not only individual rights, but also the rights
of those charged with providing safe, secure and productive learning environments for the students under their charge.
Students, along with teachers, must learn and lead by positive examples, in order to actively build a respectful and safe learning
The school supports exemplary practices through continual dialog, direction, and guidelines.
Technology use is a privilege, particularly in a BYOD school, and everyone should contribute to a positive learning experience for all
community members. It is impossible to prohibit access to all controversial or potentially harmful sites and/or services. ISM does not
condone the access and/or use of inappropriate material and access will be provided only to individuals who pledge to act in a
considerate, ethical and responsible manner. Anti-social misbehavior warrants appropriate action to safeguard the rights and
reputation of those adversely affected. Concerns about information technology will be handled in the same manner as those related
to other educational issues. This is no different in the digital age, and even more important when the effect of such behaviors may
The Code of Behavior as well as the Guidelines for Discipline Issues, apply equally to on-line environments and all technology
including, but not limited to: computers, phones, audio/video equipment, copy machines, and information storage devices. At ISM,
technologies are provided for students to work on projects and personal learning, conduct research, and collaborate and
communicate with others for school related activities. When using technology, as in all other areas of life at ISM, we are guided by
both the ISM mission statement as well as the attributes and attitudes of the IB Learner Profile. This means that we seek to
demonstrate responsible, caring and principled behavior at all times.
It is important for students to carefully manage their digital work, recreation time, and find a good balance between school work,
family life and social life. The habits formed will be important for present and future attitudes towards learning and citizenship.
Failure to Adhere:
The consequences for failure to adhere to this Acceptable Use Policy may result in restriction or even complete loss of access to part
or all forms of any technology or other disciplinary measures deemed appropriate by the school administration. There will be
consequences for any individual who fails to follow International School Manila (ISM) policies. The consequences may include paying
for damages, denial of access to technology, restricted access, suspension, or expulsion.
It is important to note that information shared in the public domain is treated as existing within the school domain as it affects and is
accessible both in and outside of school and directly impacts our community. It is important to realize that while the school is not
responsible for digital decisions students make outside of school, the school is able to investigate and actively address these issues
and act on decisions that affect our community. Our teachers and students are digital citizens and members of ISM. Decisions made
in the digital realm that affect the ISM community can and will be treated as decisions made within it and be subject to the ISM code
of conduct and procedures.
Guiding Principle: Respectful, Open and Honest Communication
1. All official social media channels at ISM with the exception of counseling will be conducted through the ISM
Google+ platform. (Including but not limited to: Clubs, Classes, Organizations, Simulations, etc.)
2. Official ISM Twitter hashtags are not supported
3. Mobile phone usage in class or organized events is not sanctioned unless given express permission from a
teacher for a supervised period of time
4. All photo or video recording at ISM can only be done with specific permission of a teacher or ISM sanctioned
5. The use of Virtual Private Networks (VPN) or phone tethering at school contravenes the guiding principle above
6. All registered Internet capable devices are digitally tagged and all network use history is searchable upon
request if deemed necessary by mitigating circumstances
7. All student communication using school sanctioned tools (Google) or otherwise, that relates to and affects our
community or its members falls under the jurisdiction of ISM and this policy
The above policy is designed to protect our diverse and culturally sensitive student, teacher and parent community. We encourage
students to be expressive and communicate with each other and the community. As the community leader we endeavor to
encourage this respectful, open and honest communication and protect it and our community from risk.
[BYOD] Bring Your Own Device Program From Grade 7 Onwards
Each student from Grade 7 onwards is required to have a laptop with school-designated software ready for use in class as learning
requires. Keeping one’s laptop safe and ready is an important student responsibility.
Guidelines for proper care and use include, but is not limited to:
Using a laptop on a flat, stable surface
Carrying a laptop closed
Keeping food and drink away from a laptop
Not inserting foreign objects (paper clips, pens, etc.) into the ports (openings) of a laptop
Gently closing a laptop from the top center of the screen and place in safe storage when not in use
Individualizing one’s laptop and accessories by clearly labeling to aid identification when mislaid
Being aware of wires and accessories connected to all laptops
Keeping a laptop safely secured while traveling
Never leaving a laptop unattended anywhere, anytime
Responsible Use at school includes:
Using one’s laptop primarily for educational and school-related activities
Securing one’s laptops at all times
Keeping passwords private and not accessing anyone else’s password protected sites
Protecting personal privacy when online by not revealing home address, phone number, or other information of
a personal nature in at-risk situations.
NOTE - Students in Middle School MUST NOT reveal their full names online
Not recording, photographing or posting online details of a teacher or a student without the person’s direct and
Using only appropriate language, pictures, music, videos, etc.
Conducting oneself appropriately when interacting with others online
Respecting the copyright of materials and always give credit to sources of information including software,
images, music, and video
Attending classes with a laptop charged to enable ready for required use or their own charging cable
Being responsible for all of their data and regularly BACK-UP all working files
Having rights to all applications and files that are on their laptop while they are a student at ISM. This includes
having their laptop with them at all times in class
Not copying or passing-on software if supplied by ISM
Permitting ISM administrators and parents/guardians to access their school email account, and or other
computer based materials if serious anti-social behavior affecting others is suspected
Remember, your reputation both within the school and in the digital world is strongly influenced by your actions
with your laptop. So too is your academic progress strongly linked to your focus and time management.
Social Media and Gaming
Social Media and Computer Games, like all technologies, could have a positive potential to support learning, and as well as a
potential to distract and amplify weaknesses in learning. Part of having a personalized laptop program at ISM is to help you find
appropriate balances. Violent computer games are not acceptable at ISM. Unacceptable computer games are those where gameplay
is characterized by destruction of individuals or property, human degradation, or other actions which are contrary to school
community ideals. Social media can be used in positive ways to support the school and its learning objectives. Where there are
concerns please use internal communication mechanisms.
The digital services provided by ISM are for teaching, learning and administration. Contravention of this agreement will be
considered a breach of the school’s behavioral code and may subject the a student to disciplinary action by the school. Please note,
ISM-owned software has to be removed from each student’s computer when the student leaves ISM to comply with software
license agreements. Personal digital devices will not be connected to the school network unless under prior arrangements. Students
must familiarize themselves with this agreement and accompanying advice so that they know and understand their own and the
school’s responsibilities. This agreement will be updated annually.