1:1 MacBook Programme
CDNIS has a mandatory Apple MacBook programme for all students in Grade 4 to 12. The use of the MacBook is a core feature of our school’s learning and teaching experience.
For Grade 4 to Grade 5, student laptops are kept in locked classroom cabinets. Students spend time learning about the responsibilities and security around of laptops. Learning engagements are designed to reinforce the use of laptops for teaching and learning productive skills. During these years, Grade 4 students are allowed to bring their laptops home on long holidays, while Grade 5 students are allowed to bring their laptops home on weekdays, starting in October when homework is assigned on the computers. All Grade 4-5 students are set up as standard users, while the school IT team, teachers and parents are given administrative rights to help manage the laptops for them.
CDNIS started a mandatory Apple MacBook program for all students in Grade 4 and above. The use of the MacBook is a core feature of our school’s learning and teaching experience. With these in place, we are very confident that our students will be able to maximise their learning with technology available at their very fingertips.
2020-2021 CDNIS Recommended MacBook Model (Updated Dec 2020)
13-inch MacBook Air - Apple M1 Chip with 8-Core CPU and 7-Core GPU, 8GB Memory, 256GB Storage (or equivalent)
13-inch MacBook Pro - Apple M1 Chip with 8-Core CPU and 8-Core GPU, 8GB Memory, 256GB Storage (or equivalent)
AppleCare+ is recommended for all student MacBooks for added protection. AppleCare+ for Mac extends the limited one year hardware repair warranty to three years from your AppleCare+ purchase date and adds up to two incidents of accidental damage protection every 12 months, each subject to a service fee.
Please note that the Grade 4-5 classroom MacBook cabinets are designed to store MacBook 13-inch models. For supporting learning purposes, we recommend a MacBook with a 13-inch screen.
Gr.4 to 5 MacBook Phased-in Model
In responding to the parents’ concern about bag weight and transportation safety, we have carefully thought out a phased-in model for Gr.4 to 5 students. In this time, students will learn to take care of the MacBook by keeping it in the classroom cabinets. Students will learn to become responsible users of the MacBook before taking it to specialist classes and bringing it home. In the past years, Gr4 started to bring their MacBook home during long holidays and Gr.5 brought their MacBook home during long holidays and when the MacBook is needed to support home learning. Gr.4 to 5 teachers and students will decide as a community when is a good time for the MacBook to go home every year. Parents will be informed by the homeroom teachers when the MacBook is ready to be sent home. This arrangement is subject to review and parents will be notified with the changes.
Gr.4 to 5 MacBook Covers
Grade 4 – 5 students are required to buy a plastic cover to protect their MacBooks. The colour of the plastic cover is chosen by the school. Parents need to purchase the cover through our official vendor Senco-Masslink Technologies Ltd. on their eshop portal. There are a number of reasons for this requirement:
the plastic case offers much needed protection from scratches to the exterior casing
the cover needs to be a certain style so that the MacBook case will fit the classroom storage cabinet
the cover allows for easy identification by grade level when students start traveling around the school with their MacBook. This aids getting laptops back to particular grades and promotes joint identity (much like school uniforms).
For Upper School students, MacBook cover is optional, although from experience, students get comfortable with the established arrangements.
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If you have any questions about the MacBook programme, you may contact us at firstname.lastname@example.org.
If you have any questions regarding orders of a MacBook, kindly contact Senco-Masslink Technology Limited, email@example.com, +852 2511-5760.