1:1 MacBook Programme

Introduction

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, G4 students are allowed to bring their laptops home on long holidays, while G5 students are allowed to bring their laptops home on weekdays, starting in October when homework is assigned on the computers. All G4-G5 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.

The LTT Department can provide information about how the MacBook is used in the classroom to advance teaching and learning. They also offer our parent community information sessions and software workshops throughout the year. These will be advertised in the school newsletters. Please feel free to contact the LTT department at ltt@cdnis.edu.hk for more information.

Overview

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 May 2020)

MacBook Pro 13-inch 1.4GHz Quad-Core Intel Core i5, 8GB RAM, 256GB storage, Magic Keyboard, Touch Bar with integrated Touch ID sensor (Space Gray)

MacBook Air 13-inch 1.1GHz Quad-Core Intel Core i5, 8GB RAM, 256GB Storage, Magic Keyboard, Touch ID (Space Gray)

Every new Mac comes with a one-year limited warranty. AppleCare+, which is required by the in-school support, extends your coverage to three years. More information about AppleCare+ can be found here.

Please note that the Gr.4-6 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.

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 travelling 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.

ON WITHDRAWING FROM THE SCHOOL

Our school’s software is very much dedicated for our educational needs and is very specific to CDNIS. Regrettably, we cannot extend those software licenses to students when they leave CDNIS. Your child will be asked to re-image their MacBook prior to leaving. Students need to backup all the personal data before visiting OneDoor Digital Service Center on the 7/F for re-imaging. The technician will inform your child when it can be returned to your child. The process should take approximately an hour.

The Admissions office will then be notified once the process is completed. For those who fail to comply, the school reserves the right to withhold transcripts and/or charge for the software titles taken away.

Find out more...

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

CONTACT US

If you have any questions about the MacBook program, 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.

Updated May 13, 2020