Dalat International School is excited to once again lead Asian international schools in the use and implementation of educational technology
We were the first school in Asia to use PowerSchool as school management software, the first to bring Virtual High School's online courses to Asia, one of the first schools to adopt the MAP testing platform for our standardized testing, and the first to require an online course to graduate.
Beginning in the 2012-2013 school year, all high school students will use an Apple iPad for regular use both during the school day and at home. We believe that technology can be used in powerful ways to augment and enhance instruction, and the iPad is a particularly unique and exciting tool for this purpose. The iPads will be used for presentations, collaboration, research, communication, and a host of other applications.
The iPads will eventually allow us to replace our bulky and heavy textbooks with interactive editions. To make this program possible, there will be a bi-annual (each semester) fee to pay for the infrastructure costs of implementation.
There are two options available for students to purchase their iPads. The two options give parents the choice of device, memory and color or give financial support to families who need assistance with the initial cost outlay.
Option 1: Bring Your Own Device
Students may purchase their own iPad rather than purchasing it through the school.
What are the benefits of this?
1Choice of memory - (16GB, 32GB, 64GB). Our experience tells us that many students could use the extra memory of the bigger devices and would choose this if they could.
2Choice of color- Yes, they are only black or white, but it is still a choice that students tell us they want.
3Choice of model - iPad 2 or 3rdGeneration
4New or used - Purchase a usediPad to save money. Additionally if families already own an iPad (2 or 3) they can choose to use that one for their student instead of having to buy another one through the school.
5Purchase any time before school starts rather than waiting till the handout date from the school.
6Flexibility– Students may choose to upgrade any time to a newer or different model of iPad. Rather than Dalat requiring a student to keep a device for a pre-specified length of time before it is upgraded, students may keep their device as long or as short as they want and upgrade at any time.
Note: iPads must NOT be 3G models. We require students to use our network so that we can monitor their internet usage during the day. Students who bring a 3G model will be required to purchase another model or to join the purchase program to get another device.
Option 2: Purchase Program
Students who choose this option will receive the lowest priced iPad model during the first week of school. When a student departs from Dalat, they will be required to buyout the remaining cost of the device. The device will belong to the student as soon as it is handed to them with a balance owed on the purchase.
The primary benefit of this option is that it allows families to make payments on the device rather than pay the full cost up front. Students who choose this option must notify the school of this choice by sending an email to the tech department ahead of time each school year by the specified date.
Who needs an iPad?
Every student in grades 9-12 will be required to participate by purchasing their own iPad directly from a retail store or by participating in the payment plan and purchasing through Dalat..
When does the program start?
All students (and at least one guardian) will be required to attend an orientation meeting at the beginning of the semester to learn about policy for iPad use. Following the orientation students will be allowed to use the school network for internet access and use the devices in the classroom.
Can I buy and bring in my own iPad?
Yes, using the bring your own device option students may bring their own iPad to school. The only restrictions are that it must be a 2nd or 3rd generation iPad and it may not be a 3G device.
Are the iPads insured?
All iPads are covered by the normal Apple warranty and families are encouraged to consider purchasing further coverage. The school will not issue insurance coverage for the devices.
What steps will the school take to make sure the iPads are safe?
The school will be issuing padlocks for the student lockers, and, if not in the immediate care of the student, they will be expected to keep their iPads locked safely away. It is also possible to track stolen iPads and lock the screen so they are inaccessible once stolen. Students are required to use the “find my phone” app to help track missing devices and will also be required to use a cover that protects both the front and the back of the device.
What apps will I need to own on the device?
Most of the apps that will be used will be free apps. There may be a limited number of apps that students are required to purchase for classroom use. More details will be shared at the orientation meeting at the beginning of the semester.
What about accessories?
Students will be expected to buy a cover that protects the front and back of the iPad and keep the cover on at all times when on campus. These can be bought locally ranging in price from RM35 upwards. Giving students the opportunity to buy their own cover allows them to personalize the iPad in their own unique way. A stylus may also be required for use in some classes. A Bluetooth keyboard may also be a handy accessory that some students choose to own.