Technology Infrastructure

Hisar School believes that technology unfolds unprecedented opportunities and experiences for users -- students, teachers and employees alike -- when used effectively. Technology makes it possible to build a dynamic student-teacher relationship, allowing for collaborative learning environments and helping learners progress at their own pace. The school community uses technology in accordance with rules for acceptable use. Such responsible and ethical rules of use apply to all technological devices.

Hisar School provide users with a technology infrastructure that supports all learning activities in the school, ensures quick access to the right source via appropriate devices, and allows for continuous learning not bound by time and place.

Technological tools and applications determined by academic departments are incorporated in the school infrastructure. Throughout this process, the most appropriate solution is provided by including all stakeholders and taking feedback into account. Education and learning are supported within the framework of the following headings:

High Quality, Durable Equipment

In environments supported by technology, students of all levels are more creative if provided with appropriate conditions. Such appropriate environment can be offered with fast, easy-to-use and durable devices.

Hisar School use iMac computers in computer laboratories in primary and secondary school. Running on a Unix-based MacOSX operating system, these devices are not vulnerable to viruses or operating system failures. 24'' screens deliver a clear and precise view in all kinds of graphics or engineering programs. Thanks to 8GB memory and solid state drives, programs are launched in seconds, allowing the user to focus on what they're doing.

All 68 classrooms in the school have 65'' interactive boards. AppleTVs are available in addition to the interactive board in all classrooms at the secondary and high school. This is how students and teachers are able to share their work promptly in the classroom. The Cisco Access Points in the Classrooms allow up to 4K screen display to be projected smoothly.

1:1 / Bring-Your-Own-Device (BYOD)

Easier access to information makes it even more important for us to stay “connected” all time. These connections can only be meaningful, productive, ethical and safe when guided correctly.

In elementary school, students are introduced with the 1:1 iPad program by using two mobile iPad labs. With shared iPads that are controlled by MDM, they use applications assigned in their own accounts according to their grades and courses.

In secondary school, students can bring their own iPads and take part in the 1:1 iPad program. MDM controls which applications will be used by students on these devices during school hours and automatically installs applications to be used during classes. With Apple Classroom, teachers support students to use their iPads most effectively during classes.

In high school, the BYOD practice allows each student to bring his/her computer to the school. The IT Department helps keep software and operating systems up to date on students' devices and provides support when software or hardware assistance is needed. The IT Department attends the class as requested by the teacher and intervenes on site in case of a problem in students’ devices.

With BYOD, computer laboratories have transformed into ideaLab and ideaLab Multimedia. The IT Department is in charge of providing support for the 3D printers, green screens and computers, and other electronic equipment available in these labs.

All of G Suite For Edu and Microsoft Office applications, Azure and Office online licenses, and Adobe CC licenses are provided free of charge to our students and teachers.

High-Speed Wired / Wireless Network

In a world where technology is indispensable, uninterrupted connection is equally indispensible for an efficient learning environment. The backbone infrastructure of the computer network at Hisar School was built with Nexus switches connected to each other among buildings with OM4 fiber infrastructure with speeds up to 40GB. The wireless network covers all buildings without exception so that students can study on mobile devices or laptops, inside or outside the classroom.

100 Cisco Access Points are in use within the school premises to ensure that users are not negatively affected by wireless network signals. Signal strengths of these devices are minimized by increasing the number of Access Points to ensure the most robust conditions.

Signal strengths are annually measured by special devices to make sure that radiation levels within a 1-meter periphery are less than 0.002 microW/m2, which is as low as a lamp emits.

Fast Internet Connection

Within the school premises, a 700MBit (up/down) internet connection is available to provide students with rapid access to the cloud. Teachers, students and the personnel keep most of their files in the cloud, enabling them to collaborate on the same file. Files on the cloud are also backed up to a dedicated server.

Electronic mail is important because it is used as the core tool of communication between students, teachers and management. A school e-mail account is provided to each student, teacher and staff member and is expected to be checked regularly. Communication, file exchange and file sharing take place via e-mail within the school premises, and cloud storage areas are used. In order to prevent this flow from being interrupted, an Internet connection of 100MB is kept as a backup in case of a failure in the primary connection.

Accessible Cloud

Google services are used for students' access to files and e-mails. Every student has unlimited e-mail and file space. Students and teachers can use G Suite For Edu applications to easily communicate, access to sources, submit homework and projects, and make notifications. Students can have their files printed by sending them to the printer with no restrictions or by e-mailing to a dedicated e-mail address and then swiping their school cards through any printer in the school.

Hisar School has a Microsoft A3 School agreement, as it offers innovations and advantages. Thus, students can use Microsoft Office applications online or install them on their computers. They can also use MineCraft Education Edition and Azure platform services for their projects.

Information Security

Sufficient level of protection and measures may not be available on devices brought to school by students. Hisar School use two firewalls, Cisco ASA and Meraki MX, to protect devices of students and staff. Moreover, content from the Internet is filtered by iBoss Appliance to block any Phishing, Virus and Malware attacks.

HisarNet, a web-based application developed by the IT Department, is utilized to collect and protect student data more effectively in a single database. All student and staff information is kept, protected and regularly backed up in the SQL database.

Support

One of the core priorities of the IT Department is to generate solutions to support education and learning and to provide prompt assistance. In order to solve technical problems that may be encountered during classes more quickly, the IT Department provides access to the Help Desk team via a single e-mail address. Thus, teachers can get assistance in minutes for a technical problem experienced in the classroom.