AOSR MacBook Manual

MacBook Program at AOSR


The Mission

The mission of our Apple laptop program in the 8th grade is to introduce 1:1 computing to our students in order to increase student engagement and improve their learning. Technology is a powerful tool, but we recognize the most powerful tool in the classroom is still the teacher. The laptops will enhance the learning that is guided by our teachers, helping our students to gain valuable 21st century skills that will prepare them for their futures.  

The Purpose

  •  Make learning mobile: anytime, anywhere
  • Increase engagement and enjoyment in the learning process
  • Teach and practice 21st century skills: thinking skills, collaboration, creativity and innovation, digital citizenship, and communication. 

Why Are We Starting a 1:1 Laptop Program?

  •  Our students are digital natives.
  • They grew up with technology.
  • It’s an integral part of their lives.
  • We need to embrace technology as a learning tool and help students learn to use it EFFECTIVELY & RESPONSIBLY. 

How will we prepare our students for a “flat world” where they are global citizens? 

By teaching 21st century skills:

  • Thinking skills—analyzing and making meaning from vast amounts of information
  • Collaboration
  • Creativity & innovation
  • Communication
  • Using technology responsibly 

Our Beliefs 

  • Core content is important, but it’s no longer enough.
  • Technology is a tool: curriculum and learning objectives come first.
  • Technology is a tool that helps teachers teach more effectively.
  • Learning should stretch beyond school walls and after the bell rings.
  • Students should be engaged and excited to learn.
  • Students will be asked authentic questions and work together to solve them.
  • Teachers and students will create a learning community together.
  • Students will learn how to use technology responsibly in and out of the school environment.
  • Technology will help our students learn how to learn, preparing them for a future that we can only imagine. 

Laptop Basic Information 

  • Leased—no cost to parents
  • Only cost will be the laptop bag
  • Students will take them home every night and weekend
  • Must be charged at home
  • Students may use their own laptop for the pilot program
  • Returned at the end of May 

Laptop User Agreement Highlights 

  • Student is responsible for backing up files
  • Family is responsible for cost of replacement if laptop lost or stolen
  • Family responsible for cost of damage due to student misuse or negligence
  • Warranty covers manufacturer’s defects
  • Student will follow Standards of Proper Care 


  • New locks on student lockers
  • Students will keep them in eye contact or in their lockers at school.
  • Students will take them home every night and weekend.
  • Anti-theft software will be installed on all their computers. 


We follow ISTE NETS (International Society for Technology in Education -- National Education Technology Standards)

  • Demonstrate creativity and innovation
  • Communicate and collaborate
  • Conduct research and use information
  • Think critically, solve problems, and make decisions
  • Use technology effectively and productively  

Laptop Norms 

  • Teacher will say "lids closed" when he/she needs students to listen without working on laptops.
  • Students will use their laptop on a flat surface (desk or table), not in their lap or standing.
  • Students will stay seated with their laptop, they are not to move around the room with it.
  • If the teacher asks the students to move in the classroom with the laptop, student will close the lid and carry it with two hands.
  • There will not be any food or drink on desks near the laptops.
  • Stay on the assigned task, no wandering online or playing during class. 

Care and maintenance of the computer 

  • Always carry it in a padded case.
  • Put it to sleep between classes by closing lid before moving.
  • Put it in a locked locker at lunch or when not in use in the classroom.
  • Take it home every night and on weekends to charge it up 100%.
  • Bring it to school every day unless otherwise instructed.
  • Carry it to school inside its padded case (and inside the backpack if you walk to school or take public transportation).
  • Tell a teacher right away if there is something wrong with your laptop.
  • Review the Student Laptop Agreement form for more information. 

Where to Use Laptops Before & After School 

Students may use their laptops before and after school in the following approved locations:

  • Quad
  • Picnic tables
  • Gym bleachers
  • Library

Not Ok: fields, gym floor, stairways, cafeteria, hallways 

Lunchtime Use 

Students must put their laptops in their lockers before lunch and lock them up. If they want to use them after lunch, they can take them to the library.

Laptop Disciplinary Actions 

All minor and major infractions will be posted to the 8th Grade Laptop Infraction google doc.
The Secondary School will follow the general steps listed below in
dealing with discipline, including laptop infractions:
1.      Verbal warning (skip this for major infraction)
2.      One hour detention and possible parent contact (depending on infraction).
3.      Second hour of detention with letter to parent or parent meeting
with principal.
4.      In-school suspension and letter to parent (signature returned).
5.      Second in-school suspension and parent meeting with principal.
6.      Out-of-school suspension with mandatory parent meeting prior to
student return to school.
7.      Additional out-of-school suspension for up to five days and parent meeting.
8.      Recommendation for cancellation of matriculation to Head of School.
Teachers have the authority to take a laptop away from a student during class if he/she is using it inappropriately. The first two times a laptop has been taken away, the grade will be reduced 10%.  After two infractions, the grade will be reduced 50%.
Laptop privileges may be revoked for an extended period of time or completely depending on the severity of the infraction. This consequence can be in addition to the above listed consequences.



Students may take their laptops to Mr. Miller’s office during lunch for repairs (12:00-12:30).


If he can fix it in his office, he will give them an approximate time for pick up. If it will be an extended period of time, he may gave them a loaner. All rules apply to the loaner that applied to the MacBook checked out to them. 

If Mr. Miller can’t fix it, it will be taken to the Apple repair store that is affiliated with our lease program. If it is a manufacturer’s defect, the warranty will cover it. If the malfunction is due to student negligence, the family will be assessed the cost of repairs. 

Students can also contact the Help Desk at