UPDATE: Shanghai American School Bring Your Own Macintosh (BYOM) Framework

Microsoft WordScreenSnapz001Bring Your Own MacBook Program- Fall of 2015

Shanghai American School takes pride in being a leader in the field of educational innovations.

The teachers and administrators at SAS have made efforts to infuse Instructional Technology tools into many aspects of our curriculum. Additionally, SAS has had many staff members recognized as instructional technology experts for their excellent use of instructional technology. These “experts” provide a valuable resource for students and staff as we continue to explore and develop new ways to challenge our students.

Bring Your Own Macintosh (BYOM)

As part of their normal set of supplies students enrolled in grade 6-12 at Shanghai American School will be required to bring an Apple MacBook computer that meets SAS minimum requirements for both hardware and software. Students that already using a MacBook at SAS may continue to use them as long as they meet the minimum requirements for hardware and software.

Students in the BYOM program will receive a network account to access the school’s wireless network from any location on the campus once the school approves new computers. The account will allow students to use school printers, share network resources, utilize on-line storage, and communicate with others.

In order to meet SAS BYOM program requirements all students in grades 6-12 must have the following:

  • A MacBook Computer

Any model (less than 4 years old), with the current operating system or the most recent previous version (currently Mac OS X Version 10.9.5 or later).

Student computers must have the following software:

  • MS Office 2011 for Mac
  • Adobe Photoshop Elements 13
  • iLife 11
  • iWork Pages
  • iWork Keynote
  • An external 500GB (or larger) USB hard disk drive (HDD) for the purpose of backups.

Additionally, students must:

  • Maintain the computer in proper operating condition.
  • Please note: Students with computers that have a current AppleCare warranty may access the services in the Apple Service Centers for warranty-covered repairs without charge. The Apple Service Center can provide additional services and repairs; however, students will be financially responsible for services and repairs not covered by the Apple Care warranty.

Management, printing, upgrades

  1. ALL students and families will be required to sign an acceptable use policy document that will allow the school to maintain an “administrative” account on the student’s computer and install management software that will facilitate installation of software, school-owned software upgrades (e.g. SmartMusic), and network management.  This process must be completed before the computer will be permitted to access the SAS networks, including internet access
  2. Students will be responsible for purchasing and installing any non-school installed software updates.
  3. Students/families will have to purchase printing credit in order to be able to print on SAS printers.

We are extremely proud of the success students have enjoyed through the SAS 1:1 computer program and look forward to transitioning to our “Bring Your Own Macintosh” (BYOM) program starting with the 2014-2015 school year.

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Shanghai American School BYOM Vendor Suggestions

Suggested Purchasing Vendor options:

Shanghai American School has worked with local trusted companies to assemble packaged options for our students.  Below are options that can be evaluated for what best suits your family’s needs.

IMAGE GROUP

You can purchase APPLE products, software, AppleCare, other hardware and computer accessories thru the website: http://www.shjgo.cn

SOLUTION KEYS

You can purchase Apple products, software, AppleCare and hardware, as well as computer accessories through the website:  http://sas.solutionkeys.com/

Apple Computer Company (China)

You can purchase all required products to be delivered to your home here in China, including Microsoft office, hard drives and adobe elements is not available at the online Apple Store in China.

Go here: store.apple.com/cn

Apple Computer Company (United States)

You can purchase all required products to be delivered to your home here in China including Microsoft office, hard drives and adobe elements

Go here:  store.apple.com

PLEASE NOTE:  SHANGHAI AMERICAN SCHOOL DOES NOT RECOMMEND ANY OF THESE VENDORS IN PARTICULAR. THESE OPTIONS ARE PROVIDED AS A COURTESY.

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Bring Your Own Macintosh Frequently Asked Questions

Frequently Asked Questions:

  • What about the students who already have machines at SAS?

They will be able to continue using their machines for up to 3 years with warranty and up to 4 years, students will have continued support for software upgrade network services as is the case now. They may however purchase their own new machine at anytime.

  • What about special software used in classrooms?

Students will have specific software added to their machine by our Technology Department, for specialized subjects and removed at the end of the course. eg. High School Publishing may require the complete Adobe Suite of Photoshop, Adobe Flash, Dreamweaver etc.

  • Will the school still be able to take care of disciplinary issues related to these BYOM computers?

Yes.  Students and their parents will be responsible for reading and signing off on an Acceptable Use Policy that allows for computers to be searched, monitored and any disciplinary actions taken as deemed appropriate (sample attached started on page 7).

  • Can I bring an iPad instead of a Macbook?

No.  While iPads are an amazing technology tool, they still do not have many of the content development capabilities that a Macbook has and we need to ensure that our classroom programs provide both continuity and consistency.

  • Can I bring a computer brand other than a Macbook?

No.  While there are other amazing technology tools, they still do not have many of the identical content development capabilities that a Macbook has and we need to ensure that our classroom programs provide both continuity and consistency.

  • How often can I upgrade my computer?

You can upgrade your computer as often as you like as long as you follow the guidelines set forth by the school in regards to hardware and software requirements.

  • What if I don’t bring a computer to school?

Students who do not have a computer will be unable to keep up with the requirements in the classrooms and fall behind in their work. A computer is a required supply for all students in grades 6-12.

  • Since part of the school fee is covered by my employment contract, this would mean there are extra costs for me if I need to purchase externally.

We are prepared to provide a formal letter to parents indicating that the computer is a REQUIRED supply for the school.   This can be requested at any of the educational programs office administrative assistants carol.zhou@saschina.org (Pudong campus) or alicia.mao@saschina.org (Puxi campus).

  • Will the school assist me in purchasing a computer?

On page 4 of this information packet we have provided a listing of some suggested vendors.  There are many more viable options around the world, and we encourage you to shop around for the best deals.  The vendors listed will be able to assist you in shipping to your home here in Shanghai.

  • Do I really need to purchase AppleCare warranty? I’ve heard they are not that great of a deal.

No.  Purchasing an additional Apple Care warranty is your option.  If you choose to have the AppleCare warranty you will be able to have any warranty-covered repairs completed free of charge in the SAS AppleCare centers run by contracted vendors.  The cost of the warranty and the service provided needs to be measured against the costs of repairs and downtime that may result.  However, while an extended Apple Care warranty is not required, it is strongly suggested.

 

 

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Shanghai American School Acceptable Use of Technology Resources for Students

SAS Student Acceptable Use Practices

  The Shanghai American School offers its students access to their computer network and the Internet.   In providing network and Internet service throughout the School, the goal is to facilitate access to resources, improve communication and encourage innovation.   The School regards this access as a privilege, not a right. Account holders are expected to act in a responsible, ethical manner, and to abide by local, state, and federal law.   Every student in the SAS community is assigned a SAS network account.   Access to computer systems and networks owned by SAS requires that the students are responsibilities for their own actions.   Infractions of SAS’s Acceptable Use Procedures will result in the curtailing or denial of access to network and/or computer lab facilities, and referral to the appropriate administrator for disciplinary action.   Where possible, SAS takes precautions to restrict access to objectionable material, but it is not possible to have full control over access to resources and materials on the Internet.   Nevertheless, SAS firmly believes that the development of skills for online research is an essential component of the educational process. Moreover, the benefits of information and worldwide interactive communication far outweigh the possibility of exposure to material that is not consistent with the school’s educational goals.

ACCEPTABLE USE PRACTICES FOR SHANGHAI AMERICAN SCHOOLELECTRONIC AND DIGITAL SERVICES

SAS community members are expected to act with honesty, integrity, and respect for others. Each computer user has the responsibility to respect and protect the rights of every other person in our community and on the Internet.   I understand the following:

  • I continuously represent SAS whenever and wherever I use e-mail and Internet.
  • I will follow the posted and/or handbook rules regarding games use, food and drink, or other site-specific injunctions.
  • I understand that SAS has the right to look at any data, electronic mail or files that exist on the network or on individual computers, without the prior consent of system users. In addition, SAS reserves the right to read or remove any files on the network or on individual computers without prior notice to system users.
  • If I violate any of these rules or knowingly enable others to violate these rules, I may be subject to disciplinary actions beyond the loss of access to SAS technology, which could include expulsion.

My Use of School Technology Resources:

  • I will not attempt to discover or use another user’s login name or password, nor will I share my passwords. If I become aware of another individual’s password, I will inform that person or a member of the technology staff.
  • I will respect the work and privacy of others throughout the SAS Network.
  • I will use my applications, e-mail accounts, and SAS Network space for school-related activities.
  • I will not use SAS School technology resources for commercial activity or to seek monetary gain.
  • I will not vandalize or tamper with any SAS technology equipment.
  • I will not deliberately perform any act, which will negatively impact the operation of computers, printers or networks. I will make an effort to keep my home computer free from viruses and other destructive materials. If my computer is accidentally infected I will seek help from a professional or a member of the Technology Department.
  • I will not assume any fictitious or anonymous identity in any activity that uses SAS technology resources or refers to SAS.
  • I will not access, download, store, or print obscene or pornographic material •
  • I will not store or transfer software used primarily for hacking, eavesdropping, or network administration
  • I will not represent SAS in any political arena
  • I will not forward chain letters, joke collections, Internet urban legends, and other materials that are not educationally related.

My Fair Use of Virtual Materials:

  • I will not copy or transfer any software under copyright to or from computers on the SAS Network without the permission of the Technology Department.
  • I will properly cite any Internet resources that I use in my work. Whenever I am online at school or away from school:
  • I will not annoy, hinder, or harass others with offensive, obscene, abusive, or threatening language in any Internet communication.

My Personal Responsibility for My Own Equipment:

  • I will take personal responsibility to ensure my computer and peripherals are well maintained and in constant working order.
  • I will promptly repair any damage and/or malfunctions in a prompt manner, knowing that the maximum amount of time I can use a school loaner machine is 2 weeks.
  • I will back up my computer on a weekly basis (minimum), and acknowledge that the school will be unable to restore your applications and data when a crash occurs unless a backup is accessible.
  • I will report any concerns related to misuse, viruses, etc. to the technology specialists at Shanghai American School.

Acceptable Use Procedures Agreement Form Upon signing this agreement, I, a Shanghai American School student, show that I understand the above guidelines and have had an opportunity to ask further questions about this agreement. User Name (please print):                                                                                       

Grade Level/Homeroom Teacher:                                                                           

User Signature:                                                                                                       

Date:                                                                                                                        

Parent or Guardian name (please print):                                                                 

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Shanghai American School BYOM Framework

Monday, February 24, 2014

Last week all community members received an email from the school outlining the tuition and fees for the 2014-15 academic year.

One of the changes that is forthcoming for the next year is a move from the technology fee that has been in place since 2008 to a Bring Your own Macintosh (BYOM) program.

Shanghai American School takes pride in being a leader in the field of educational innovations. Beginning in the fall of 2008, teachers and students began to receive training in the use of instructional technology in the classroom to enhance learning. Students developed entirely new skill sets related to the use of technology as a resource and a tool for furthering knowledge of a subject area. At present, each teacher and each student in grades 6-12, uses the laptop computer on a daily basis to conduct research, to produce projects and curriculum products, to illustrate and/or enhance classroom presentations, to develop and demonstrate learning and to explore information that may only be accessible through the World Wide Web. Our entire campus operates through wireless access points that make the Internet accessible in all areas. Each classroom is also outfitted with digital projectors that can be used to display information for whole class activities.

Over the past five years the technology fee has brought to SAS a consistent foundational base for the implementation of the 1:1 program in the middle school and high school. Now that the foundation has been set, the school is now in the position to move to this program model

Over the last five years, the SAS Technology Department has supported classroom instruction with a 1:1 laptop program. Through the use of financial resources from the 10500 RMB technology fee, students were provided a school laptop that also included software purchased by and licensed through SAS. Our objective in offering this program was to promote greater independence, maintaining academic engagement, while also maintaining the programs consistency and continuity. Our goal was to prepare your child to compete, connect, and collaborate as an ethical citizen in a global society. We are now ready to transition to BYOM.

The reasons the school is ready for this transition is:

  1. Networking technology and software technology is now available that will ensure security and consistency of software.
  2. Wireless Access Points are fully distributed throughout the school.
  3. Sources for computers and software in Shanghai are numerous and readily available.
  4. There is high interest among our parents and students to choose their own device(s) for learning.

What is Bring Your Own Macintosh (BYOM)?

  1. All students enrolled in grade 6-12 at Shanghai American School will be required to bring a school approved Macintosh with school required software as part of their normal set of supplies. Students currently assigned computers can use them till they are identified as obsolete (most generally after 3 or 4 years of use).
  2. ALL students in Grade 6-12 will receive a network account to access the school’s wireless network from any location on the campus after:
    • Reading and signing an acceptable use policy (AUP) document.
    • Allowing an “administrator” account to be installed on the student’s computer with installation management software that will allow the installation of software for upgrades and network management.

Framework for BYOM:

  1. The technology fee has been eliminated and costs associated with the program not associated with student devices, and student software will be moved to the operational budget. These costs include: Wireless access points (WAP) replacements, digital projector replacement, service center contractor fees, maintenance of a small pool of loaner machines and software/database costs.
  2. Students will be required to provide their own Macintosh computers following a prescribed and strictly enforced hardware and software requirement list.
    1. Hardware and software requirements will be posted and updated twice annually.
    2. The school will provide links to local vendors to facilitate ease of purchase of computers and software for interested families annually.
    3. Students may freely replace and upgrade their computers as they wish as long as they meet minimum hardware and software requirements.
    4. Students/families will be responsible for updating and/or installing software updates and special programs where necessary for school programs or special coursework.
    5. ALL students in grades 6-12 and families will be required to sign an acceptable use policy document that will allow the school to configure an “administrator” account on the student’s computer and install management software that will allow the installation of software for upgrades and network management. This must be done before the machine will be allowed on the school’s networks.
    6. Students will be responsible for purchasing and installing any software updates.
    7. Students/families will have to purchase printing credit in order to be able to print on school printers.

The administration sees many positives coming out of this change which include the elimination of the technology fee will be eliminated, meaning that overall school fees will thus be reduced and school tax liability for the technology fee will also be eliminated. Additionally students and their families will have more freedom of choice and will have the ability to choose when they upgrade so long as the machine is in operational order and meets the SAS-published minimum hardware standards for the 1:1 program. This means that students with special computer hardware needs can bring those computers to school as long as they meet the minimum hardware guidelines.

This program is certainly not with out its challenges. The school recognizes that it is more likely that hardware and software conflicts will arise and that teachers may have to deal with inevitable inequities, software incompatibilities, and inconsistencies. Depending on the type of computer families decide to buy, there is the possibility that the BYOM program could end up costing families more money than a school run, school provided 1:1 program over the long term.

The administration will continue to provide updates and news regarding the BYOM program in the coming months.

 

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Shanghai BYOM Hardware and Software Requirements Updated

Bring Your Own MacBook Program

Beginning Fall of 2014

Shanghai American School takes pride in being a leader in the field of educational innovations.

The teachers and administrators at SAS have made efforts to infuse Instructional Technology tools into many aspects of our curriculum. Additionally, SAS has had many staff members recognized as instructional technology experts for their excellent use of instructional technology. These “experts” provide a valuable resource for students and staff as we continue to explore and develop new ways to challenge our students.

Bring Your Own Macintosh (BYOM)

As part of their normal set of supplies students enrolled in grade 6-12 at Shanghai American School will be required to bring an Apple MacBook computer that meets SAS minimum requirements for both hardware and software. Students that already using a MacBook at SAS may continue to use them as long as they meet the minimum requirements for hardware and software.

Students in the BYOM program will receive a network account to access the school’s wireless network from any location on the campus once the school approves new computers. The account will allow students to use school printers, share network resources, utilize on-line storage, and communicate with others.

In order to meet SAS BYOM program requirements all students in grades 6-12 must have the following:

  • A MacBook Computer

Any model (less than 4 years old), with the current operating system or the most recent previous version (currently Mac OS X Version 10.8.5 or later).

Student computers must have the following software:

  • MS Office 2011 for Mac
  • Adobe Photoshop Elements 12
  • iLife 11
  • iWork Pages
  • iWork Keynote
  • An external USB hard disk drive (HDD) for the purpose of backups.

Additionally, students must:

  • Maintain the computer in proper operating condition.
  • Please note: Students with computers that have a current AppleCare warranty may access the services in the Apple Service Centers for warranty-covered repairs without charge. The Apple Service Center can provide additional services and repairs; however, students will be financially responsible for services and repairs not covered by the Apple Care warranty.

 Management, printing, upgrades

  1. ALL students and families will be required to sign an acceptable use policy document that will allow the school to maintain an “administrator” account on the student’s computer and install management software that will facilitate installation of software, school-owned software upgrades (e.g. SmartMusic), and network management.  This process must be completed before the computer will be permitted to access the SAS networks, including internet access
  2. Students will be responsible for purchasing and installing any non-school installed software updates.
  3. Students/families will have to purchase printing credit in order to be able to print on SAS printers.

We are extremely proud of the success students have enjoyed through the SAS 1:1 computer program and look forward to transitioning to our “Bring Your Own Macintosh” (BYOM) program starting with the 2014-2015 school year.

Suggested Purchasing Vendor options:

Shanghai American School has worked with local trusted companies to assemble packaged options for our students.  Below are options that can be evaluated for what best suits your family’s needs.

IMAGE GROUP

You can purchase APPLE products, software, AppleCare, other hardware and computer accessories thru the website: http://www.shjgo.cn

SOLUTION KEYS

You can purchase Apple products, software, AppleCare and hardware, as well as computer accessories through the website:  http://sas.solutionkeys.com/

Apple Computer Company (China)

You can purchase all required products to be delivered to your home here in China including Microsoft office, hard drives and adobe elements is not available at the online Apple Store in China. Go here: store.apple.com/cn

Apple Computer Company (United States)

You can purchase all required products to be delivered to your home here in China including Microsoft office, hard drives and adobe elements

Go here:  store.apple.com

PLEASE NOTE:  SHANGHAI AMERICAN SCHOOL DOES NOT RECOMMEND ANY OF THESE VENDORS IN PARTICULAR. THESE OPTIONS ARE PROVIDED AS A COURTESY.

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Board Approved DRAFT Calendar for 14-15 School Year

Draft Calendar 14-15

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Pudong ES/MS/HS PTSA MAP Presentation

On Thursday, October 24th, 2013 our Curriculum and Professional Development Facilitator, Amanda DeCardy, presented to parents at three PTSA meetings information about the Measures of Academic Progress (MAP) test given to students in grades 3-10. As the fall testing window comes to a close, divisions will be sending home individual progress reports.

The MAP test is one of many ways we measure the progress of our students at Shanghai American School. We recognize that it is a single snapshot in time and rely on the complete picture to measure student progress. The MAP test is a single part of the picture that involves external, internal, summative, formative and anecdotal evidence.

To view the slides of the presentation to parents, please click on the link below.

MAP Parent Presentation

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The Fall 2013 Edition of The Eagle Review is Available!

The Fall 2013 Edition of The Eagle Review is Available!

Did you have the chance to read the latest edition of The Eagle Review that was sent home with the youngest child in each family last week? Be sure to check out the articles about what teaching and learning looks like at SAS. The online version of The Eagle Review is available via the following link:

http://issuu.com/shanghaiamericanschool/docs/the_eagle_review_fall_2013

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Early School Closure- October 8

October 8, 2013

Dear SAS Parents, Faculty and Staff,

I am writing to tell you that with the safety of students, faculty and staff in mind, Shanghai American School will have an early dismissal today, Tuesday, October 8. In addition, all After School Activities will be canceled today.

Students will be dismissed at 2pm, with busses departing at 2:10pm.   There will be no Activity buses today.

Throughout the day, we have continuously monitored the news and other reports regarding the current weather conditions.  Many of the road conditions are deteriorating with flooding and numerous roads have already been closed.  In addition, the Shanghai Meteorological center has issued an Orange level rainstorm as a result of a tropical depression that is causing continuous heavy precipitation through the day today.

As you have done over the past few days, please continue to monitor your email and the school website (www.saschina.org) for further updates.

We will continue to follow the storm throughout the day and provide additional information as appropriate.

Again, thank you for your support and understanding of the importance of making student safety our highest priority.

Sincerely,

Richard W. Mueller

Superintendent

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