In order to support learning in the 21st Century, we envision a Robert College community whose members are purposefully engaged in ongoing learning supported by the use of integrated technology. Members model citizenship, leadership, critical thinking, creativity, global awareness, communication, and collaboration. This culture empowers learners through a rigorous and relevant program enhanced by current and emerging technologies, and fosters responsible, ethical use of digital resources and tools.
IT at RCThe existing infrastructure includes:Computing and Communications Infrastructure
Network: All the school buildings have been connected to each other with redundant fiber optic cables since 1999. RC became a wireless campus in 2004. All classrooms, faculty & staff offices, the library and student residences are connected over a 1000 Mbps LAN.
Servers: The school's network is powered by a collection of twenty servers. RC began replacing its physical servers to virtual servers in 2009.
Tablets/Laptops: RC started the faculty laptop program in 2004 and 1:1 student laptop program (BYOD) in 2011. 400 students and 140 faculty & staff members as of September 2012 are participating. Currently LP and L9 students can bring their devices to school. Residential students (all grades) can bring their laptops and tablets to the student residences and use them after school hours.
Apple workstations: RC switched to the Apple platform in the Art department in 2010. In order to support the school’s strong Film & Literature program, RC has built a second dedicated editing room equipped with Apple workstations and HD cameras.
Laptop Corners: RC has two laptop corners equipped with laptops donated by Akbank which let students access their email accounts during the school day as well as before and after school hours.
Wireless Access: RC has wireless service in the school buildings, main gardens and faculty housing.
Internet: RC currently has a 100 Mbps internet connection which will be upgraded to 300 Mbps during the 2012-13 academic year. The school has a 20 Mbps backup internet connection.
Applications and Systems
Student Management System: We use a homegrown SIS.
Learning Management System (LMS): RC has been using Moodle since 2007. Haiku is an optional LMS that is offered to faculty as of the 2012-2013 academic year. RC also became a Google Apps school in March 2012.
Web Page: The school launched its new website in September 2012.
Library Management System: Destiny provides RC’s library automation services encompassing cataloging, circulation, inventory, and public access catalog capabilities. Students and teachers can access the online services from home.
Educational Software: The school has a growing collection of educational software to facilitate the integration of technology in all subjects at the school.
Support & Professional DevelopmentTech SupportThe IT Helpdesk provides technical support for all IT Services to faculty and staff Monday through Friday from 07.15 to 17.00.The Student Laptop Helpdesk provides technical support for all IT services, including first aid, to students who are enrolled in laptop program, through Netaş A.Ş. Monday through Friday from 7.15 to 17.00.Professional DevelopmentIn order to keep faculty and staff up to date on the latest changes in technology, the IT Department provides workshop sessions to faculty during the year. Our Educational Technology Coordinator is always available to support faculty and staff by:
Offering professional development opportunities supporting school programs and focused on the school’s priorities
Making sure that teachers’ technology knowledge and skills are updated regularly
Creating opportunities to discuss and reflect on what they have learnt
Extending their understanding of, and expertise in, coaching and mentoring
User PoliciesResponsible Use and Network Use policies provide students and staff with guidelines for using technology systems in the school. These policies are regularly updated and posted on the intranet and in the computer labs, library and student residences.