Learning with Laptops - Senior School Laptop Programme
For over two decades, The York School has stood as a leader in innovative technology integration across the curriculum. As one of the first schools in the country to support one-to-one laptops we have learned much along the way. Our programme is designed around three main goals: 1) Maximizing learning time 2) Responsive support experience 3) Rich & engaging learning. In order to achieve these goals, we have a robust ecosystem of tools and platforms that support the curriculum. Each year we look at the landscape of technology and make strategic recommendations around what student devices will operate best with our programme
Grade 9 - 12 Student Laptop Choices (MAC only for 2020-2021)
New grade 8-11 students enter into our formal student-owned laptop programme. For the 2020-2021 academic year, the York School will only be supporting Mac Laptops and the Apple platform. The reason for this strategic change lies with the uncertainty of our fall opening and how to best support new families & students. Families can purchase any laptop Apple provides or can use a Macbook they currently own (that meets minimum specs). We busy working on a new student onboarding plan that could facilitate the set-up from home. This Mobile Device Management (MDM) is only available for the MAC platform at this time. Students can purchase a new MAC laptop (any model) or use an existing model that meets our minimum recommended specifications.
Which MAC laptop should you choose?
Students can order any model from the Apple Store (education pricing) or bring in a MAC from home (that meets minimum specs - see below). Any laptop that is currently on offer at the Apple Store will work with our programme. We do however recommend upgrading the RAM on any machine to 16GB. Students who anticipate taking Comm Tech in grade 10 or IB Film in Grade 11 & 12 would also benefit from increased hard drive storage. We recommend a minimum of 256GB hard drive space.
What are the minimum laptop specifications you recommend for a pre-owned Mac laptop?
Based on our extensive experience we don’t recommend using any Apple Laptop older than 2017. We are confident that any 2017 Macbook, Macbook Pro or Macbook Air or newer will work with our systems. Most laptops come with Minimum 8GB of RAM. We highly recommend 16 GB of RAM Given the size of our software toolkit, we highly recommend SSD hard drive with a minimum of 256GB free space.
Dropping your laptop off for On-boarding & Set-up
We are now ready to begin accepting new student laptops into our IT department for onboarding and academic set-up. As new students enter our student-owned laptop programme, we like to ensure that our academic software toolkit is properly loaded and tested on each machine prior to new student orientation. Due to reported laptop shortages, it is our recommendation that you order your laptop soon and drop it off at our 1320 campus no later than August 17th 2020 so that we can ensure that it is ready for the start of school.
As mentioned on our Senior School Technology FAQ Page
we are supporting Mac laptops this year and are giving families the choice of either bringing in a previously purchased MAC that meets our minimum specifications
or choosing a new model that meets our minimum requirements.
Once you have selected your student laptop please follow the following steps:
If you are bringing in a new laptop (still in the box) there is no need to prepare anything. If you are bringing in a laptop that you have previously used at home or at another school please go through the following video steps to ensure that you have enough free space
(100GB) so that we can properly install our York School software. Please follow each of the videos contained in the linked slideshow to prepare the laptop for drop-off. Please make note of the username and password
to access the machine as you will need to give it to us when you drop off the machine.
2) Let us know when you are coming by emailing our Helpdesk:
Starting Wednesday, July 8th (tomorrow)
we will be accepting new student laptops at our 1320 Yonge campus. We will be open Monday - Thursday from 9:00 am - 3:30 pm (NOT FRIDAYs)
. Please email email@example.com
to let us know the day and time you will be coming. Please include the following information. (#1 - Student Name), (#2 - Family name), (#3 - The day and time you will be coming - approx).
3) Dropping off: - We will have a member of our team at the front desk of our 1320 Yonge campus (Mon-Thurs 9am-3:30pm). They will receive the laptop and ask you to confirm some details as well as take in your laptop username / password (previously owned only).
4) Picking up: Once your laptop is ready for pick-up we will email you directly. You can come by to pick it up or you leave it with us and we can deliver it directly to your son / daughter during the new student orientation. If you are picking up the laptop please do not leave without confirming that you can log-in successfully.
5) New Student Orientation - Don't forget your laptop!: The new student orientation date has been set to Tuesday, September 8th 2020. Start / End details to follow once the programme is finalized. Integrated into that event will be the "Learning with Laptops" new student onboarding. Please remind your son/daughter to bring their laptop "fully charged" to the event as we will be onboarding them into all of our systems & platforms.
If you have any questions please direct them to firstname.lastname@example.org
and my team will get back to you with answers promptly.