Safely supporting the HIS Community and facilitating student learning
Laptop Program and Macbook Specifications
Information literacy and technology literacy are essential for success in society. An internet-connected laptop, along with dedicated instruction and supervision, can open up a whole new world of learning and expression for a student. Thus, parents of students entering grade 6 through grade 12 are responsible to provide a recent model Apple Macbook laptop for dedicated use by their student at school on a daily basis (see below for acceptable models and recommended “hard disc” size). (Grade 5 students use a school-owned laptop during the school day. This laptop remains at the school.)
Bring Your Own MacBook (BYOM) Webinar
July 27,2020 Update to BYOM Webinar
Purchasing a laptop from the Apple Store is only possible for University/Higher Education and and not for Grades K-12. The Apple Store has advised parents to instead use a Apple Business discount from their company if they have one.
Middle School Video Recording
High School Video Recording
Clickable Links from the Presentation
Technology Homepage: https://www.his-china.org/learn/technology
Laptop Information Webpage: https://www.his-china.org/learn/technology/laptop-program
Contact Email: firstname.lastname@example.org
Apple Education Online Store: https://www.apple.com.cn/cn-k12/shop
Laptop Distributor Solution Keys Website: http://store.solutionkeys.com/school-package/his.html
Apple Service Center in West Lake, Hangzhou: https://www.apple.com.cn/retail/westlake/
Family Technology Plan: https://www.his-china.org/fs/resource-manager/view/662cce59-8d36-4126-b1ee-5de52921dc8d
Screen Time Webpage: https://www.his-china.org/learn/technology/screen-time
Students in Grades K-4 have access to Macbook laptops in their classroom and in the Community Computer Center, located in the Library. The Community Computer Center is available to Lower School during the day and to all students and families after school.
Students have access to Audio Visual Studios A and B, which contain iMacs for Audio and Video Production.
Service • Support • Solutions
The HIS Tech Pagoda was founded on the core value of professional integrity with the goal of meeting the needs of the community, maintaining the digital backbone of HIS, and facilitating student learning. This commitment is reflected in our three guiding principles: Service, Support, and Solutions.
Our friendly, knowledgeable support team is always ready to assist with computer or application questions, technical support, or setting up for events. You can be confident this highly trained team will provide you with the resources needed to support you, student learning, and help simplify tasks.
The HIS Tech Pagoda believes in the value of educating students, faculty, and parents, not just fixing an issue. We present a wide variety of training and educational programs for the community, and regularly publish documents on the school website and articles in the DragonNews to help broaden your tech knowledge, continue developing ‘techspertize,’ and keep pace with new technologies, websites, and software developments.
Our long-standing experience in on-site community support, maintenance, troubleshooting and reflecting on community feedback are the key factors in our ability to improve performance, dependability, and strategies for student-learning within the China context.
Left to Right: Jacob Zhang (Technology Assistant), Diego Zhang (Systems Specialist), Karl Suits (Director of Technology)
Danie de Beer
Technology Programmer and Cloud Specialist
Location and Contact Information
Location: Ground Floor, across from the Gym
Monday - Friday 7:30 AM - 8:30 AM, 3:00 PM - 4:30 PM
Student and Faculty Hours
Monday - Friday 7:30 AM - 4:30 PM
Phone: +86 571 8669 0045 extension 149
Our Vision for Digital Information and Literacies
Digital literacies engages with the HIS vision to provide opportunities to pursue personal and academic excellence. Our focus on teaching how to learn is generated from the International Baccalaureate’s five approaches to learning (ATLs). HIS uses the International Society for Technology in Education’s (ISTE) framework for creating innovative learning environments.
HIS embraces new ways of communicating. Learners need to be taught the importance of using new technology in ways that are safe, helpful and kind.
Growing responsible digital citizens should be the responsibility of every school, and at HIS we take this very seriously. On a weekly basis, from the first day onward, students are taught skills that enable them to participate safely and securely in the digital world, enriching their lives and their learning. To support digital well-being, Digital Citizenship at HIS adapts in part the Common Sense Education curriculum.
Digital Dragon Program
Year 1 (Grade 5)
Students are encouraged to personalize their own laptop covers and practice laptop safety, laptop care, privacy, web best practices, and digital citizenship. Students learn better ways to research, how to communicate locally and globally, and computational thinking.
Year 2 (Grade 6)
Students are their own laptops priorm to the start of the school year and participate in introductory training to laptop care, ManageBac, Self Service, Office 365, and advanced commands and gestures. Students learn about privacy, web best practices, and digital citizenship. Students research regularly, communicate locally and globally, and learn computational thinking.
Awarding of Certificate
Upon completion of the program at the end of Grade 6, all advisors must sign off that the student has met the requirements of the program in order to receive a certificate. Possession of the certificate grants rights to all Self Service apps, including music apps at HIS and the name is entered in the Digital Dragon Certified List.
Technology Milestones by Grade Level
Laptop usage, Digital Citizenship
Office 365 (Email, Microsoft Office)
Digital Dragon Certificate Program Year 1, 1:1 MacBook usage at school only
Digital Dragon Certificate Program Year 2, Personal MacBook usage, limited apps
All Self Service apps
Full Administrator Rights to MacBook
After School Activities
Design and Coding activities are offered after school throughout the year. Go to the Activities page to sign up and for further information.