Information Technology 

Here at Canadian Academy we stress the importance of students’ digital online lives, teaching them to make the kinds of decisions and develop the skills needed to be responsible and effective cyber-citizens. Our whole school community uses technology to develop critical thinking skills, share ideas and collaborate creatively, and to explore and inquire about the world.

Technology is nothing. What's important is that you have a faith in people, that they're basically good and smart, and if you give them tools, they'll do wonderful things with them.


- Steve Jobs

We have a commitment to prepare students for the fast and ever changing cyberspace they are immersed in, and to help them develop their own digital identity. In this way they can take full advantage of the online educational, professional and social communities connecting us all.

Technology is a crucial part of instruction at Canadian Academy, being fully integrated into the curriculum and used as a natural component of all classes. Students from grade 3 and above participate in our one to one laptop program, with the school supplying laptops to students in grades 3 to 5, and students in grades 6 to 12 bringing their own laptop from home. 

All students are given their own Canadian Academy email account, a blog and a login to our school website, where they can find out what is happening in classes and get up to date news and information from the school. Parents have their own login to the school website, where they can see all their childrens' classes at a glance, as well as find out what is happening around the school. Students and parents also have access to PowerSchool to check up on grades and  progress throughout the year.

Technology at Canadian Academy is both dynamic and forward thinking  - a valuable contributer to the school's mission, and right up there with the best and most ambitious programs in this region.


One to One Student Laptops

Canadian Academy students from grades 3 to 12 use their own laptops during the school day. 

Grades 3 to 5

Every student in grades 3 to 5 has access to a school owned laptop for his or her own use throughout the school year. It is recommended that Grade 5 students be allowed to take the laptop home when classwork makes it appropriate, but this will be at the discretion of parents.

Grades 6 to 12

For grades 6 to 12  families will provide their own laptop capable of handling course requirements. This is to be brought to school by students, fully charged each day.  Please see the list below for the minimum hardware requirements.

Maintenance of laptops is not provided by CA, except help will be given to connect laptops to the CA network. A replacement computer (Apple MacBook) can be loaned if a student has a computer breakdown. Families are also responsible for providing the appropriate software listed below.

Hardware Requirements
Historically Canadian Academy is primarily a Mac based school. While support for Windows computers is available, Windows users may need to be more independent and tech savvy in classrooms, as teachers are less experienced with the platform.
  • MacBook Air, MacBook Pro or MacBook Pro Retina, from 2013 or later. 
  • Windows laptop from 2013 or later. The laptop must have English language Windows 7 to Windows 10. Computer should have an integrated webcam and microphone.
  • Wireless networking IEEE 802.11n/ac compatible

If you are unsure if your own laptop is sufficient, email Murray Smith for further advice.

Software
MacWindows
Microsoft Office (supplied free by CA)Microsoft Office (supplied free by CA)
iMovieWindows Movie Maker
VLCVLC
HandbrakeHandbrake
Audacity or GarageBandAudacity
GeoGebraGeoGebra
PerianNot needed
MuseScoreMuseScore
Adobe Photoshop Elements or GIMP (free)Adobe Photoshop Elements or GIMP (free)
  • A better alternative to Windows Movie Maker is Adobe Premier Elements – a double pack with Photoshop Elements is the cheapest way to buy these together.
  • All software is free except for Adobe Photoshop Elements and Premier Elements. Premier Elements is not available for Mac, but iMovie included for free with the Mac is a good alternative.
  • If you are taking courses such as Art or IB Film there may be specialized software and hardware requirements beyond the basic productivity suite.  Please consult with the teachers of these courses. 
Purchasing a Laptop Through Canadian Academy

If families want to buy a new Apple laptop, they can purchase one cheaper than Japanese retail price through Canadian Academy.  We offer two Apple models that are suitable for school use. If other brands  or specifications are required then families must purchase the laptop through other sources. Families can order their laptop using the laptop purchasing form in the parent portal.

Laptops purchased through the school are not maintained or repaired by the school. This is offered as a service to help families choose and purchase a laptop, and the laptops are the property and responsibility of the families purchasing them.

For 2016-17 we will be offering the following models for sale:

  • MacBook Air 13" - ¥116,000 (including tax)
    • 1.6 GHz dual-core Intel Core i5
    • 8 GB RAM
    • 256 GB SSD
    • English (US) keyboard
  • MacBook Pro (Retina display model) 13" - ¥139,000 (including tax)
    • 2.7 GHz dual-core Intel Core i5
    • 8 GB RAM
    • 256 GB SSD
    • English (US) keyboard

Further details on these computers can be found in the online Apple Store.

 

カネディアン・アカデミイでは、5年生から12年生までの生徒は各自一台のラップトップ(ノートパソコン)が必要になります。

5年生

5年生の生徒は学校の所有となるラップトップを各自が一年間使用するものとして支給されます。生徒がコンピュータを自宅に持ち帰ることを推奨しますが、その決定は保護者に委ねられ、そのためには Elementary School One to One Laptop Usage Agreement に署名をいただく必要があります。

6年生から12年生まで

6年生から12年生は授業に必要な条件を満たしたラップトップを各自が購入し準備します。各自毎日登校前にバッテリーを完全に充電しておく必要があります。最低限必要なハードウェアについては下記のリストを参照下さい。ネットワークへの接続を手伝う以外にはラップトップの保守、修理のサービスは学校では行いません。 

ハードウェア

  • MacBook, MacBook Air あるいは MacBook Pro (2013年モデル以降)
  • Windows 7 - 10 のノートパソコン(2013年モデル以降、ウェブカメラとマイク内蔵のこと)
  • IEEE802.11n/ac 対応の無線LANカード内蔵のこと
  • 不明の点があれば Murray Smith にメールで連絡ください

 ソフトウェア

  • 一覧表(英語)のとおり
  • 一覧表のソフトをすべて収録したUSBフラッシュメモリをテック・サポート・センターにおいて廉価にて販売します。
  • Adobe Photoshop Elements および Premier Elements 以外のソフトウェアは無料です。
  • Windows Movie Maker よりも Adobe Premier Elements を推奨。Premier Elements は Mac に非対応ですが、Mac に標準搭載の iMovie でも十分です。
  • Art や IB Film 等のコースを選択する場合は本表のソフトウェア以外にも専門的なものが必要かもしれません。受け持ちの教師にお尋ね下さい。 

学校を通してラップトップを購入

新しく転入する生徒、あるいは新たに中学生になる前の5年生はラップトップの購入をお手伝いします。5年生のご家庭は学校ウェブサイトの parent portal の fees assessment フォームからラップトップをご注文いただけます。費用はまとめて学校から請求されます。学校はラップトップの選定と購入を支援するのみで、購入したラップトップの保守管理は行いません。ラップトップは各家庭の所有となり保守管理は各家庭の責任となります。 

学校を通して購入できるのは下記の機種です。

  • MacBook Air 13" - ¥116,000 (税込)
    • 1.6 GHz Dual Core Intel Core i5
    • 8 GB RAM
    • 256 GB SSD
    • 英語 (U.S.) キーボード仕様
  • MacBook Pro (Retina display model) 13" - ¥139,000 (税込)
    • 2.7 GHz Dual Core Intel Core i5
    • 8GB RAM
    • 256 GB SSD
    • 英語 (U.S.) キーボード仕様

詳細はアップルのオンラインストアを参照ください。

TechTalk for everyone

We hold TechTalk drop-in sessions in the Library, every Monday from 3:30 to 4:30 pm. Everyone in the CA community is welcome to come in with their computer questions, school related or not, and the tech team will be there to help. Maybe you want to know more about how to use PowerSchool, how to edit photos, or want to discuss student computer issues - just turn up and we will do our best to help.
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