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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.

Before you become too entranced with gorgeous gadgets and mesmerizing video displays, let me remind you that information is not knowledge, knowledge is not wisdom, and wisdom is not foresight. Each grows out of the other, and we need them all.

- Arthur C Clarke

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. Windows users may need to be more independent and tech savvy in classrooms, as teachers are less experienced with the platform.

  • Apple laptop from 2018 or later (running macOS Big Sur or later).
  • Windows 10 laptop from 2018 or later. For "in class" support the laptop should have Windows set to English. In Japan, Dell supplies US keyboard and US Windows models; other companies may also have US models available.

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

If buying an Apple laptop we recommend the MacBook Air 13"

For 2021-22 CA is recommending the MacBook Air 13" 256GB SDD.

While families are welcome to buy other models, we have found this is up to the day to day demands put on it by classes at CA. Remember when buying your computer to specify a US keyboard if this is preferred.

  • Apple M1 chip with 8‑core CPU, 7‑core GPU, and 16‑core Neural Engine
  • 8 GB unified memory
  • 256 GB SSD storage
  • English (US) Magic keyboard if preferred

Mac Windows
Microsoft Office (supplied free by CA) Microsoft Office (supplied free by CA)
iMovie Shotcut or similar can be used
Audacity or GarageBand Audacity
GeoGebra GeoGebra
MuseScore MuseScore
GIMP or Pixlr GIMP or Pixlr







  • Apple製ノートパソコン(2018年モデル以降、macOS Big Sur 以降
  • Windows のノートパソコン(2018年モデル以降、英語版 Windows 10 に限る)
  • 不明の点があれば Murray Smith にメールで連絡ください


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