1:1 MacBook Programme

Introduction

CDNIS has a mandatory Apple MacBook programme for all students in Gr. 4 to 12. The use of the MacBook is a core feature of our school’s learning and teaching experience.

For Gr. 4 to 5, student MacBooks are kept in locked classroom cabinets. Students spend time learning about the responsibilities and security around of MacBooks. Learning engagements are designed to reinforce the use of MacBooks for teaching and learning productive skills. During these years, Gr. 4 students are allowed to bring their MacBooks home on long holidays, while Gr. 5 students are allowed to bring their MacBooks home on weekdays, starting in October when homework is assigned on the MacBooks. All Gr. 4 to 5 students are set up as standard users, while the school IT team, teachers and parents are given administrative rights to help manage the MacBooks for them.

Overview

CDNIS started a mandatory Apple MacBook program for all students in Gr. 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.

2021-2022 CDNIS Recommended MacBook Model (Updated April 2021)

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)

*** Apple released the new MacBook Air and MacBook Pro equipped with Apple M1 chip in November 2020. The new hardware was tested to work with core systems in the School. Certain softwares may have limited compatibility with the new hardware. Please check with software developers for compatibility details.***

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 Gr. 4 to 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

Gr. 4 to 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:

  1. the plastic case offers much needed protection from scratches to the exterior casing

  2. the cover needs to be a certain style so that the MacBook case will fit the classroom storage cabinet

  3. the cover allows for easy identification by grade level when students start traveling around the school with their MacBook. This aids getting MacBooks 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.

On Withdrawing from the School


CDNIS has a number of agreements with our software suppliers. The School’s software is specifically dedicated for our educational needs. Regrettably, we cannot extend those software licenses to students who depart or graduate from CDNIS.


Please follow the Leavers Procedures to backup and reset your device before leaving school.

The Admissions Office will be notified once the process is completed. For those who fail to comply with the above procedures, the School reserves the right to withhold transcripts and/or factory reset the devices remotely.

Consult the Gr.4-12 MacBook Programme FAQ for details.

Contact Us

If you have any questions about the MacBook programme, you may contact us at onedoor@cdnis.edu.hk.

If you have any questions regarding orders of a MacBook, kindly contact Senco-Masslink Technology Limited, info@sencohk.com, +852 2511-5760.