All year 4, 5 & 6 students have the opportunity to bring an Apple Air laptop to class everyday. Either a 11″ or 13″ MacBook is suitable.
The specifications for an Apple laptop purchase is quite specific, so please do not purchase a device until you are fully aware of the school’s requirement. You can purchase the device through Winthrop or any other retailer ensuring the device has the necessary requirements, apple care and insurance.
All required documentation must be complete and insurance proven prior to the laptop being brought to class.
What do I need?
- 11″, 13″ or 15″ MacBook Air (or a MacBook Pro – but these have not been updated for five years so I wouldn’t recommend buying a new one.) An 11″ MacBook Air is the cheapest option … and is a very good option.
- Protective sleeve
- New external hard drive (minimum 500GB) to be used as a ‘time machine’ backup. A usb is not suitable for this.
- Set of ear / head phones. (most will fit the standard audio jack, so maybe try an existing pair you may have lying around)
Apple Education Store:
Purchasing via Winthrop:
Click on the below link to purchase a device via Winthrop:
(purchasing for 2018 link will available soon)
Time Machine / Backing up your laptop:
Backing up my laptop … Back Up! Back Up! Back Up!
Backing up your child’s data on the laptop is extremely important and essential as part of our ICT program. It is recommended that back ups are carried out frequently (at least once a week) to back up copies of important files (photos, music, projects, etc).
Unfortunately, we cannot recover data in the event of a hard drive failure or other circumstances. It is a good life habit to always keep two copies / back up of your computers data.
It is also necessary for your child to Time Machine / back-up data as there will be times when we will need to image (or re-image) your laptop to upload required school information, i.e. WiFi settings.
Time Machine is the built-in backup software on the MacBook and is simple to use. It is designed to work with external hard drives and it keeps a copy of all your files, and remembers how your system looked on any given day so you can revisit your Mac as it appeared in the past.
A detailed explanation of Time Machine and how to back up can be found at this link: Apple:Time Machine