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2012-2013 Laptop
Information Guide

ASB is a proud leader in the use of Information Technology to enhance our students’ educational experiences. We believe that by using technology appropriately, students are more highly engaged in their own education, have increased opportunities to develop higher order thinking skills, and are better prepared to participate in a world where technological fluency is essential.

Several years back, ASB invested in a robust infrastructure standardizing on the Microsoft Windows platform and a Tablet PC to support student learning. With the advancement of internet technologies, ASB has been strategically moving all software and tools to the “cloud” (Internet). Except for a few applications that require installation on the hard drive, most of our applications are now “cloud” (Internet) based. Rapid changes in both hardware and software technologies have allowed us to consider alternative technologies. As most of our core learning systems are accessible via the web, standardizing on one operating system/device isn't necessary. We no longer need to lock into any one platform and technology.

Beginning from the 2012-2013 school year, we will no longer require families to purchase Tablet PCs for our Middle and High School students. We will instead require them to bring any laptop that meets the minimum specifications listed in this document. Please note the following:

  • iPads and Android based devices do not meet the minimum requirements for a student owned device. However a student may bring in an iPad or an Android tablet to supplement their main laptop.
  • ASB will install Microsoft Office for both PC and Mac laptops as well as any other software that is required for classes.

So what does this mean for your child?

If your child . . .

You will need to. . .

Has a Tablet PC purchased in 2008-2009 or earlier and is under extended warranty

Get the Tablet PC evaluated by the Tech Office to determine if the warranty can be further extended or whether a new laptop needs to be purchased.

Has a Tablet PC purchased in 2009-2010

Choose from the following two options:

  1. Purchase an extended warranty. Email it@asbindia.org for this.
  2. Bring a laptop to school that meets the minimum specifications.

Has a Tablet PC purchased in 2010-2011

Choose from the following two options:

  1. Continue using the Tablet PC; It is under warranty until June 2013.
  2. Bring a laptop to school that meets the minimum specifications.

Has a Tablet PC purchased in 2011-2012

Choose from the following two options:

  1. Continue using the Tablet PC; It is under warranty until June 2014
  2. Bring the Tablet PC to the Tech Office for evaluation in May to be considered for a buyback. The buyback will be calculated on the depreciated value and on the condition of the Tablet PC. If buyback option is used, bring a laptop to school that meets the minimum specifications.

is entering Grade 6

Bring a laptop to school that meets the minimum specifications.

Is new to ASB and entering Grades 6 through 12 

Bring a laptop to school that meets the minimum specifications.

 


 

ASB Bring-Your-Own-Device (BYOD) Guide

For Middle and High School Students

2012-2013 School Year

 

This guide contains the following important information. Please read the complete guide.


Recommended Laptop Specifications

The following chart should help you in selecting and purchasing a laptop for your child to use while they are at The American School of Bombay. While there are many options, there are minimum specifications that we require to support your child’s learning at ASB.

Machine Type

Laptop

Platform

PC/Mac

Screen Size

11 inches or more

Processor

Intel i3 or Higher

AMD Athlon II or Higher

RAM

2 GB or Higher

Hard Drive

160 GB or Higher


Operating System

Windows 7 Professional or Higher, Vista Professional or Higher, Mac OSX or Higher

Must support English

Wireless

802.11g or Higher

Ports

2 USB ports, Audio in/out, In-built microphone, VGA

Battery Life

4+ hours (6+ cell or higher)

Warranty

3 Year warranty with Damage protection

Laptop Purchase Guide - This document lists laptop options that you can consider. These options meet the approved specifications for the BYOD program. It describes in detail the different models from each manufacturer. The document will be updated regularly as new models are released.


Free Software you need to download and install on your laptop

The following free software needs to be downloaded and installed on your laptop for use in school.

REQUIRED SOFTWARE
Internet Browsers (Minimum of two different browsers should be installed)

Software required for your laptop

Online Storage/Backup

Video Players :

Video Converters :

Audio Recorder:

Library Software:

Panasonic Wireless Manager (Projector Software)

OPTIONAL SOFTWARE:




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