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.
1:1 Laptop Program
All students enrolling at Hangzhou International School in Grade 6 and above are issued a Apple Macbook Air, which is included in the price of tuition. Students in Grade 5 are issued a Macbook Pro, which remains at school locked up in a classroom cart. We highly recommend that you buy a USB backup drive of at least 1 TB to protect your child’s work.
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.
Technology Milestones by Grade Level
Laptop usage, Digital Citizenship
Office 365 (Email, Microsoft Office)
Digital Dragon Certificate Program Year 1, 1:1 Laptop usage at school only
Digital Dragon Certificate Program Year 2, 1:1 Laptop usage, limited apps
All Self Service apps
Youtube and other network-intensive websites
Full Administrator Rights to laptop
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 issued their laptop at the beginning of the 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.
Laptop Collection for the 2017-2018 Academic Year
Laptops are collected at the end of every school year with the exception of students in Grades 10 and 11 and Model United Nations (MUN) being allowed to keep their laptop over the summer if they have already paid tuition for the following year.
In the special circumstance that a student does not return their assigned Macbook Air due to an unpredictable situation, they must pay the cost of replacement. The replacement fee is determined by the current pro-rated value of the laptop based on its age combined with reimaging, software, and labor costs. A laptop non-return must be reported and paid within 10 days of loss.
Students in Grades K-4 have access to laptop carts from their classroom. The Lower School Community Computer Center, located in the Library, 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.
Located bottom 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 x149
Karl Suits - Technology Coordinator
Xx Xiao - IT Manager
Diego Zhang - IT Assistant
Jacob Zhang - IT Assistant