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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.

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.

Microsoft Office (supplied free by CA)Microsoft Office (supplied free by CA)
iMovieWindows Movie Maker
Audacity or GarageBandAudacity
PerianNot needed
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. 




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。




  • 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


  • 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。 


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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