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1 to 1 Laptop Program

From the 2017-2018 school year ASFM sixth, seventh, eighth, and ninth grade students have been participating in our required 1 to 1 Apple laptop program. After several years of preparation through a 1 to 1 Teacher Program, Bring Your Own Device Program, investments in infrastructure, extensive training with the teaching staff, and technology integration into the curriculum, we are confidently continuing to move forward with this 1 to 1 initiative.


In our mission to continue to provide a world class education to our students, we felt that moving forward with our technology integration initiative through a 1 to 1 Student Laptop Program reflects what is best for student learning. Students of today, our future leaders of tomorrow, can no longer be considered literate if they do not possess the skills needed to be productive in a technologically advanced world. We are committed to developing our students as 21st Century Learners and would be unable to do so without the tools of the 21st Century.

ASFM is continuing to use the Bring Your Own Device program for grades 10 through 12, but for the 6th, 7th, 8th, & 9th grade students the Bring Your Own Apple Laptop (BYOAL) program will be a requirement. We are requiring that parents of our 6th, 7th, 8th, 9th grade students provide an Apple laptop that meets our ASFM System Requirements. It does not have to be a new device, but it must have up to date software according to what is outlined in the Student Laptop Setup Guide.

ASFM will be supporting 6th, 7th, 8th, & 9th grade families to ensure a successful continuation of our 1 to 1 initiative. To help students prepare for their responsibilities with the device, teachers will be working with the students the first to days of the school year to establish important norms for utilizing the device as a tool for the classroom. To ensure that students are clear about the expectations and privilege of this program one of the activities will include going through the Responsible Use Policy with students during their training as well as preparing them with other activities built around the program needs for success. We will also be threading digital citizenship lessons into our curriculum where teachable moments are found to ensure safe and ethical use of technology tools. To support parents at home, we will be requiring their participation in monthly activities to help the family prepare for the transformation of student learning at school and home. To confirm participation, parents will be required to submit evidence that they have completed the challenges requested by the DigitALL CHANGE program. These are very powerful devices that we are trusting the students with and the use of these devices require guidance, supervision, and clear expectations for usage. In addition to the DigitALL CHANGE program challenges for parents, we have also gathered online resources on our Digital Citizenship page for parents to access at anytime. We will also be hosting training at ASFM for parents throughout the school year on important topics related to keeping our students safe while using technology. We appreciate your active participation in the digital lives of your children.

Just as we ask you to help protect your children online, we also want you to help them protect the financial investment of the laptop as well. We have done some leg work for you to provide information on the Protecting Your Laptop page about service center locations, investigating insurance coverage, the importance of anti-virus software, and recommended protective gear. Finally, if parents cannot find the support they need from our collected resources, they can either check the Student 1 to 1 FAQ page or e-mail us at for speedy responses.


Parent Partnership

Parents, another reason for ASFM asking parents to purchase the laptops for their children was to encourage you to be an active guide for your child while they are using technology at home. It is your device to get to know as a parent. Work with your child through this experience as they learn to develop their skills with these online tools, keep the conversation flowing about what they are doing, why they are doing it, and who they are doing it with. Not only will it protect your child, but it will also open an important dialogue about what they are learning. No longer will you hear that we are doing the typical teenage response of "Nothing" at school.

We are working hard to supply you with the tools that you need to be a participant in their digital lives. Just as you would not allow your child to roam the world unattended and without guidance, your guidance should not be absent when they are exploring the world through the Internet. If you do not see the resources you need on the Protect Your Child page, please contact us at



Required system needs for the laptops being used for our 1 to 1 Student Program are in the Apple website in the following link:

Important New Purchase Considerations

  1. Order your child’s laptop EARLY. Getting devices into Mexico can be a lengthy process. Please don't risk not having a device for your child by the start of school.
  2. As an American school, we recommend an English keyboard, however, Spanish keyboards are acceptable.
  3. A MacBook Air does meet the basic system requirements, however this model has significantly smaller storage that may not satisfy personal and educational needs.
  4. MacBook Air models do not come with an optical drive (CD-ROM/DVD drive), which for some users could be a drawback.
  5. Larger models of MacBook Pros such as 15” also meet the basic system requirements, however a larger size model increases the weight that your child will have to carry every day and are more difficult to secure in lockers.

Have more questions about your purchase? Contact Us through the form at the end of the page.


This page details all you need to know to have your child’s laptop ready to go for the first day of school. Once your child’s laptop is setup, we encourage you to explore the other resources we are providing on the ASFM Responsible Use Policy, Digital Citizenship, Parental Controls, and Facebook Privacy Settings. Please e-mail if you have any additional questions or needs.

For more information on the ASFM Circle of Tools please click here

Software Requirements

Operating System: OS X 10.9 Mavericks

  • Any Apple laptop purchased after June 2013 will be running OS X 10.9 older models will require and update
  • Before installing any of the software below, you must be running OS X 10.9
  • Please Upgrade if you have an older version
  • Check what OS you are running
    • Click on the Apple
    • A window will appear like the image below to show your “Version” of OS X. The image below shows that this computer is only running 10.7.3 and requires an update to OS X 10.9

Anti-virus: Sophos Anti-Virus

  • Apple Laptops do not come with an Anti-virus software installed
  • Anti-virus software will protect the laptop from virus and allow it to run efficiently
  • Video Tutorial for Installation

Multimedia Suite: iLife

  • Apple Laptops come with the iLife Suite installed
  • Any Apple laptop purchased after September 2010 should have iLife
  • iLife includes: iMovie, GarageBand, and iPhoto
  • Please Upgrade if you have an older versionProductivity Suite: Google Suite for Education

Productivity SUITE: Google Suite For Education

  • Google Suite for Education is the primary productivity engine for learning at ASFM.
  • Each student is issued a G Suite for Education account with unlimited storage and access to all the necessary tools for learning at ASFM.


Free Required Software:

World Globe: Google Earth

  • Google Earth is a 3D digital globe that allows users to zoom in to explore real images of the world.
  • Google Earth has layered information for learning about the Earth like: active volcanoes, earthquakes, images, videos, weather fronts and patterns, animal migration routes, 3D city layouts, and ancient city 3D overlays
  • Google Earth is a great tool for geography, history, environmental, ecology, cultural lessons and more.

Concept Application: Geometer's Sketch Pad

  • GSP is a tool that allows student to build interactive visuals that represent the math equations they are solving.
  • GSP is an adopted Math curriculum tool for grades 6-12

3D Simulations: Wolfram CDF Player

  • CDF allows students to use a variety of 3D simulations on the Wolfram Demonstrations Page to analyze and compare the relationships between ideas.
  • Demonstrations have been created for math, physical science, life science, creative arts, geography, engineering, business, the list goes on!

Internet Browser:Google Chrome

  • GC is an alternative internet browser to the Apple provided software Safari. Occasionally one browser will work better than the other for different sites
  • GC allows for a more dynamic experience for users given the widgets and attentions that can be installed for improved research tools

Social Bookmarking Tool: Diigo

  • Diigo is an online social bookmarking tool that allows students to access their important bookmarks from an device in the world. It also allows for highlighting on web pages, adding notes, organizing with tags and sharing with others.
  • Diigo is used for information analysis, resource collection, note taking, researching, group collaboration, and resource sharing.

Note Taking Software: Bamboo

  • Bamboo tablets are used in the math classes for recording notes are well as capturing video screen recordings of students' methods for solving equations.
  • Bamboo tablets require two installs.
    • Driver - The first is a driver that allows the tablet to work with your child's laptop. When you click on the Driver link, it will automatically download the file you will then install.
    • Bamboo Dock - The second is a notebook software that provides students with a notebook for collecting all of their notes for math. When you click on the Bamboo Dock link, it will automatically download the file you will then install.



With any investment, it is important that you protect it to ensure that it will provide the service you wish it to for the investment you have made. On this page, we have developed some resources to help you think through all the ways that you should protect your child's laptop and your investment.


Student Responsibility

1 to 1 studies show that the more ownership the child feels towards the device, the better care they give to that device. We highly suggest that you employ strategies to evoke ownership in your child. Whether it is a hand me down from mom and dad or your purchasing a brand new device, consider requiring your child to work for their laptop. If they have to raise the money to cover a portion of the cost or even the total cost, the device is more likely to be respected and cared for by the child using it. We also encourage this rule for if the device should be damaged. If the child understands that they will be held responsible for covering the cost of repairs or replacements, their respect for the care of the device is higher.

When you sit down to read through the Responsible Use Policy with your child. We encourage you to create a responsible use policy within the home as well. Have a candid conversation with them about the expectations you have for them at home and the use of the computer. Make sure that there is a clear understanding of consequences for their actions that fail to meet family expectations.


AppleCare Protection Plan

All Apple hardware comes with a one-year limited warranty and up to 90 days of complimentary telephone technical support. To extend your coverage further, purchase the AppleCare Protection Plan to extend your coverage to three years. Visit the AppleCare Website for more information.


Label Your Device

We encourage you to label your child's laptop using an adhesive name tag, permanent marker with clear tape over it or you may want to even consider something more permanent like engraving the metal case to deter from theft.


Protective Gear

Dress it up before you take it out! This is important for a few different reasons. Purchasing protective gear for the laptop will help protect it from the daily use. It will also make it easier to identify which device is your child's since so many will have the same model of laptop.

There are three common styles for laptop protective gear.

  • Hard shell case - These snap onto the laptop frame to protect the laptop and provide minimal shock absorption if dropped. The benefit to this one is it is attached, so it is always protecting your device whether your using it or not, but it isn't exactly bullet-proof protection that is for sure. The company Speck offers some nice versions of this cover and they come with a 1 year warranty. Try their website for more information.
  • Sleeves - These are not physically attached to your device, but instead you slip your device into them when you are not using them. When in use, they provide more protection than the hard shell case, but leave the computer unprotected when the computer is out for work. They come in a variety of materials, some more protective than others: neoprene, foam, canvas, leather, and fabric. The company BUILT NY makes a nice sleeve, but you could probably find others that provide more protection.
  • Bags - Like the sleeve, these are not physically attached to your device, but instead you slip your device into them when you are not using them. When in use, they again provide more protection than the hard shell case, but leave the computer unprotected when the computer is out for work. The advantage to the bag over the sleeve are the handles for carrying and the ability to carry other things like books, pens, and other essential school tools. The draw back to using only a bag is that the other things you carry in the bag with the laptop could cause damage or wear and tear on the laptop. Look for bags that have a sleeve sewn in to section the laptop away from the other articles in the bag. They come in a variety of materials, some more protective than others: neoprene, foam, canvas, leather, and fabric. The company Targus is a leader in bags for portable electronic protection.
Apple's website also contains a countless number of other recommended cases, sleeves, and bags. The above companies are simply recommendations based on past experience. Please remember that each user experience is different and ASFM cannot be held accountable for your experience with your selected protective gear.




Though all of the suggestions above can help with avoiding damaging situations to your device, but insurance can help when a device is stolen. You most likely won't need to purchase insurance for your laptop. Contact your home insurance provider and confirm with them whether a laptop is covered under your home owners policy. If it isn't then ask them about options for devices such as a laptop.










Why do the parents have to purchase the laptops for the children?

Technology at ASFM is seen as a tool for learning and just as we don’t provide pencils, notebooks, binders, etc, we do not believe in providing the laptop. Our survey of students in 2011 showed that 73% of students already own a laptop and 66.3% of students own Apple laptops. ASFM did not think it was in the best interest of the community to charge an additional tuition fee to families to provide laptops to families that had already made that investment. We also believe in the importance of ownership as well as personalization. We want student to become comfortable using the technology they own as a tool. A school provided devices limits students to a specific device and limits on the types of programs and personal files that can be kept on the system.


Why is it a 1 to 1 Laptop program instead of a 1 to 1 iPad Program?

Though the iPad is a tremendous tool for learning with a variety of benefits towards education, it is unable to fully support the needs of our classrooms. ASFM has work for several years preparing their teachers, curriculum, and infrastructure for increased technology integration. Many of the tools that we have found to be the most beneficial to student learning are unfortunately not supported by the iOS platform. Tools such as Google Docs, Geometer’s Sketch Pad, BrainPop, Prezi, Wolfram Alpha Demonstration Project, Aleks, etc. may have versions of their products, but do not fulfill the needs of our demanding curriculum that we pride ourselves on providing.

Our vision as a school is to empower our students as creators of content and not just consumers of the internet. We believe that students learn best by doing, publishing, and sharing with the world and as of now, we don’t feel that the iPad is the most efficient tool for achieving this vision at the middle and high school level. We recognize its potential of many apps available, but with the latest OS X, students will be able to have almost the best of both worlds.



Why does it have to be an Apple Laptop?

The most critical step for success in a 1 to 1 program is providing teachers with the access and training years in advance of the beginning the 1 to 1 classroom environment environment. Apple products have always been the educational tool at ASFM, since the first computer that was purchased for the school we have only used this platform. Because of this legacy, our teachers are Apple users and have built lessons based on the ease of the iLife tools, the interactivity of iBook software as well as a variety of other tools for creatively producing examples of content knowledge. Their experience with the Apple platform allows them to quickly and easily guide students to answers about the technical devices, so that time is not taken away from what is most important, the curriculum. In addition to quick classroom troubleshooting, our IT staff are Apple certified technicians and having a variety of platforms for them to attend to would slow down our ability to support classrooms and once again take away from the world class education we are continuing to provide. It is for these reasons that we require that all ASFM 1 to 1 laptops are an Apple product. The age of the device is not important as long as it meets our System Requirements.



What if my child’s laptop breaks?

For minor troubleshooting issues with wireless access, the ASFM IT team will work with students to ensure that their daily use of technology runs smoothly. With larger or chronic technical issues, families and students are responsible for maintenance and repair of their laptop. We also suggest that all families invest in the Apple Protection Plan and check with their home insurance provider to ensure the laptop is covered if it should be stolen. See our Protecting Your Laptop section above to learn more.

If the device becomes damaged and is unable to fulfill the needs of the classroom, ASFM requires that it be fixed in a timely fashion. When a device is being serviced, families should ask for an Service Order receipt. A student can show their Service Order Receipt here at school and we will provide a temporary replacement, however, students will not be permitted to take the ASFM provided replacement home with them. If the device cannot be repaired or recovered, the family is expected to replace the device. To avoid loss of information and important files, we encourage families to invest in an external hard drive for backing up content stored on their laptop.