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As students increasingly draw on digital literacy skills and technology to support their learning, so the nature of education changes. At Island School we have implemented a 1-1 laptop scheme.

What Kind of Laptop Does my Child Need?

Island School has decided to not advocate any one particular model of computer and instead to give parents the choice. We have produced a laptop specification guide which is updated regularly to help parents with purchasing decision.
Click here to see page one

Click here to see page two

Key Factors Affecting Choice of Laptops
Size /Weight
There is a balance to strike between the size and weight of the computer.  The larger the computer screen is, in some respects the more usable it is.  However, your child’s bag is already heavy and it is important that we don’t add unnecessarily to this burden.  As such we set a maximum screen size of 13.5 inches.
DVD drives add considerably to the weight of a computer so we recommend that you buy a machine that does NOT include a DVD drive.
Similarly solid state storage saves weight and ads to the performance of the computer.  We recommend solid state storage for these reasons.

Low Power Consumption Processors
When purchasing the laptop it is worth asking about lower power consumption chips.  These can suffer a little in performance but for the level of application students in the lower years will be doing this shouldn’t be an issue.

Warranty
Try to get as long a warranty as possible.  Three years is desirable as it provides some cover over a reasonable proportion of the computer’s working life. Some retailers will have this as standard, some will have less and will be open to negotiation and some still will probably allow you to pay for an extension.

Laptop Specification
Listed below are the baseline specifications for machines coming into Island School. Please ensure that any machine that your child brings matches or exceeds this.
Operating System: Windows 7 Professional; 8 or 8.1; Apple OSX 10.8.5 or later
Processor: Minimum i5, Recommended i7
Memory RAM:Minimum 4GB; Recommended 8GB
Storage: 500GB
Graphics Card: 512MB or higher Connectivity: 802.11n
Warranty: Min 3 years parts and labour Windows Emulation Software (Apple only): Parallels Desktop

Installed Software
Virus Protection
Chrome Browser
Microsoft Office – available from school at a discount when the student starts

Other Recommendations

    • Built-in webcam
    • MacBook – mini-DisplayPort VGA adaptor for presentations.
    • Use a backup program like Windows Backup or Mac OS Time Machine with an external hard drive (External USB 3.0 or Firewire 800 hard drive) to ensure file recovery in the event of a system malfunction.
    • Web applications occasionally do not work well with all browsers. Individuals are encouraged to install at least one alternative browser (either Chrome or FireFox) in addition to the default browsers provided with the operating system for those situations.
    • Netbooks and tablet computing devices do not have the computing power of a normal notebook, for this reason they are not recommended.
    • Consider adding security hardware, such as a security cable.

Acceptable Use

All users of Island School network and systems are subject to the terms and conditions set out in the Acceptable Use Policy (AUP), the latest copy of which can be found here.

download Acceptable Use Policy (English Version)

download Acceptable Use Policy (Chinese Version)

Laptop Purchase Programme

Apple Island School Order Form

Please click here for the Laptop Computer All Risks Insurance Plan Enrolment Form

Please click here or the Laptop Computer All Risks Insurance Plan Factsheet

Keeping Your Child Safe Online 

There are so many excellent resources and lots of good information online that can help parents with all aspects of e-safety and responsible use of technology. Please take time to acquaint yourself with these reccommended web sites.

Prof. Mark Gandolfi’s presentation from the “Growing up online” Parents Information Evening Thursday 20th September 2012 – here

Protecting Children On-line (from the school’s laptop website) – here

Robyn Treyvaud

Robyn has been a guest speaker to both students and parents over the past 2-3 years. She is a recognized authority on e-safety and digital citizenship. See her recent TEDx talk – here

Presentation notes – here

Presentation outline – here

Robyn’s delicious account (excellent online resources) – here

Common Sense Media

Common Sense Media is dedicated to improving the lives of kids and families by providing the trustworthy information, education, and independent voice they need to thrive in a world of media and technology.

We exist because our nation’s children spend more time with media and digital activities than they do with their families or in school, which profoundly impacts their social, emotional, and physical development . As a non-partisan, not-for-profit organization, we provide trustworthy information and tools, as well as an independent forum, so that families can have a choice and a voice about the media they consume.here

Connected Culture Parent  Tip Sheet – is a very useful resource from Common Sense Media here

Facebook Parent Tip Sheet – here

Disihinibition Online Parent Tip Sheet – here

Social Networking Parent Tip Sheet – here

Self Expression and Identity Parent Tip Sheet – here

Common sense media agreement  6-8 – here

Common sense media agreement K-5 – here

Common sense media agreement (High School) – here

Trend micro – Internet safety at home

You probably have concerns about your family’s online safety–whether it’s identity theft, privacy on social networks, computer security, or online content that may be inappropriate for your children.
We have important information on how you can stay safe, and how you can model responsible online behaviour – here
Child Net International
Welcome to Childnet International, a non-profit organisation working with others to “help make the Internet a great and safe place for children”.
This website gives news and background to Childnet’s work and serves as a portal to Childnet’s award-winning project – here

i-Keepsafe Resource Libraryhere

CEOP – Child Exploitation and Online Protection Youtube Channel – here

CEOP The Parent and Carer’s Guide to the Internet – video – here


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