1:1 Device Program

SFS’s vision for the integration of technology in learning is that it will:

Enable our students to master 21st century skills for a constantly changing world, be curriculum driven, and prepare students to be ethical learners, who are self-monitoring, self-modifying, self-managing, self-evaluating, and self-directing.

Frequently Asked Questions

Common questions regarding the device program

At SFS, we realize the idea of using laptops or iPads on a 1:1 basis for all students may seem daunting if your child has never had the responsibility of looking after their own, or using one to learn in a classroom setting.

The following FAQs will help explain the program, best practices for device use, care, and what to do if something happens.

For questions about ordering a laptop from SFS’s prefered vendor please email itsupport@seoulforeign.org.

1:1 Parent Information Letter

General Information

Laptop Care & Security

Why has Seoul Foreign School decided to have a 1:1 program?

There are many reasons that schools implement a 1:1 program.
At SFS we have 4 major aims of the program. These are to:

  • Improve student academic achievement through the use of technology
  • Assure equity in access to digital resources
  • Prepare students for their future
  • Enhance teaching and transform the quality of teaching

What are the 20-21 plans for the 1:1 program?

After much research and input from faculty, students and parents our DLC team has created a One to One Device plan. The changes we are planning are as follows; school-provided iPads in Grades 4-6 and Y5 and Y6. This change would roll out over 3 years:

20-21: iPads in 4th grade and Year 5
21-22: iPads added in 5th grade and Year 6
22-23: iPads added in 6th grade

Is there any evidence that learning using a laptop/iPad increases teaching over traditional teaching methods?

There is qualitative and quantitative research showing considerable improvement in classroom practice for students using laptop computers, and there is significant evidence that computer-mediated and media-rich learning environments enrich the learning experience and deepen understanding. (Some excellent video case studies are available see or e-mail the ET office for more info.) In addition, evidence supports a well-implemented laptop initiative in an inquiry-based learning environment – the foundation of the IB program.

Research from a long-term study of laptop initiatives shows a number of results, including increased independent inquiry-based learning

  • Higher level instructional feedback
  • Greater integration of subject areas
  • Higher level of sustained writing
  • More student discussion
  • More performance assessment
  • Increased hands-on learning

There is also evidence that students develop and practice unique meta-cognitive processes within a laptop environment, and that students engaged in properly developed laptop programs benefit academically and socially from the experience. Additional research indicates that:

  • quality of writing improves
  • classroom discussion increases
  • quality of submitted work improves
  • collaborative expertise improves
  • organization improves
  • motivation and commitment to work improves
  • responses to learning situations improve

Apple Computers‘s own studies have concluded that “1:1 laptop initiatives like those in the state of Maine and Henrico County Public Schools continue to confirm the importance of technology in increasing student achievement and students’ sense of self. Schools involved in the laptop initiative are experiencing overall better academic performance than they did without the technology. When students feel better about learning, achievement increases.”

What are the 21st Century Skills that Students will be focusing on?

The 21st century skills we seek to develop are creativity, collaboration, critical thinking, problem solving, decision making, self-direction, media and visual literacy, and global awareness. Digital Citizenship lessons are led by coaches in each school section to address the topics of digital organization, source evaluation, bullying, privacy, copyright, and appropriate use.

Does my child have to have a laptop or iPad?

Yes, all students at SFS in Y7, Y8, Y9 and all MS and HS grades are required to have an approved laptop. Students in grades ES G4, G5, BS Y5 and Y6 will be using iPads according to the 20-21 One to One plan. See the above section for more detail. The school recommendation for students’ computers should provide three years of solid use.

What is the battery life? How can I charge my device?

Today’s modern laptops have battery life spans of 4 – 6 hours of use (10 hours for iPads). It is common for the laptop to run for approximately four hours without the need for charging. Electrical outlets for students to plug in their devices are provided. These are located in high traffic and social gathering areas as well as classrooms.

Students will need to have their device’s power supply at school. It is vitally important that students remember to bring the laptop to school and they do so with a fully charged battery.

Can my Mac laptop be made to dual boot to Windows and Mac OS?

Yes, but in order for you to boot to Windows on a Mac you must purchase a copy of Windows. The IT office cannot assist with the installation or troubleshooting after installation.

Can the SFS network handle the load of every student and teacher using a laptop and connecting to the Internet?

The school has invested heavily in infrastructure and continues to make upgrades to ensure that the network will be able to cope with the demands of all the students and staff laptops that require network access.

Can other members of my family use my laptop?

Parents have the ownership rights to the computer, but we advise that only one child uses their school laptop.

Does this mean my child will be carrying around a device?

Yes. A durable case is a must, this is very important in the basic protection of the device. Many choose to use a device sleeve or case in addition.

How should the computer be transported to and from school?

It is highly recommended a computer bag be purchased which will provide enough storage for the student’s school supplies as well as their laptop and accessories.

How protective is a carry bag?

A laptop bag is designed with protection in mind. It has reinforced sides and is padded for protection. Students should not replace the bag with one of their own and other items should not be placed in the laptops bag. This may damage the screen which is the most expensive part of the laptop.

My child is carrying a device plus all their textbooks? That could get quite heavy.

While there is additional weight with the device, the device bag will have a shoulder strap to distribute its weight. Additionally, teachers will be now have the option of using more digital content than they could have previously, making the text book less necessary for every class period.

If you have concerns about the weight your young child is carrying, you might consider providing a small bag with wheels much like carry-on bags used when flying. Also please have your child consider what books they will actually need to carry between school and home.

What happens if a student forgets to bring the device to school?

The school does not have loaner computers for students that forget to bring their device to school.

What instruction will my child receive concerning safe use of their device and the Internet?

Teachers have planned many lessons around the practical and safe use of a device. Also they have age appropriate lessons lessons on digital citizenship, which will include topics like cyber-bullying, Internet predators, and much more on how to stay safe while still enjoying the use of all Internet services.

What steps should I take to keep the device my student uses secure?

Parents should record the model and serial number of the device they purchase. This can be easily accomplished by taking a picture of the serial number as well as the sales receipt.

Can my child leave the device at school? Will it be secure?

Students may leave the device at school, a secure storage spot is provided for all students. Parents may want to provide their child with a computer cable lock, for times when students are off campus or leaving the computer in an insecure place.

Device Usage

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How will my child learn to use their device?

Students will be given some introductory lessons on how to use the laptop/iPad at the start of the year. There is always a transition time that is associated with the changeover to the device and its operating system. Students will then be shown how to use subject specific programs and apps and develop skills within their various subject areas.

Will teachers use the computers for every class and every day?

Currently teachers at these grades are using computers about 20% of the time. In most cases there has been an increase in 1-1 laptop classrooms to about 30-40% of the time. Teachers will only use technology when that technology provides a high quality, rich resource that enhances the learning and provides 21st Century Skills.

How will students use the laptop/iPad in their class(es)?

A list of the many ways a laptop can be used in a classroom can be exhaustive. What follows is simply a summary of examples:

  • A vast resource for additional information other than what a teacher and a book provides in a traditional classroom.
  • The ability to quickly download teacher handouts from a school online resource thereby saving the time, expense and the destruction of the world’s trees.
  • The ability for students to expand the walls of their classroom and include other students and experts in the field in online educational discourse.
  • The ability to visualize Mathematical applications through the use of school provided Math software providing students with a more thorough understanding of concepts presented in class.
  • The ability to directly upload data from their heart rate monitors in P.E. class and import it into graph making programs giving them a visualization of their progress.
  • The ability to simultaneously write documents with students through the use of an online wiki thereby also providing the ability for peer-­-editing of written work.
  • The ability for students to quickly have their work shown on the classroom’s projection unit.

How will students submit work completed on the computer?

Students will be able to access their work, readings and notes via email, as well as the Internet using their blogs, wikis and other tools. They also have access to cloud printers that allow them to produce quality prints in color and B&W at their convenience.

Will my child’s eyes be adversely affected by looking at a laptop screen all day at school?

Your child will not be using the laptop in every class so there will be ample downtime in which your child’s eyes will be able to rest. In order to avoid eye-strain, the school will include instruction in proper use of the laptop including the proper distance to best view the screen and the setting up of the proper screen resolution and viewing angle.

Will I be able to use the Internet from home on my device?

Yes, the school will not be placing any restrictions on the parent owned machines. It will be the parent’s responsibility to provide any needed technical assistance to connect to resources outside the SFS campus.

What is covered with the new purchase warranty?

Apple Computers are covered for one year for all manufactured defects. They are not covered for misuse or loss.

What technical support will be available for the student while at school?

SFS has an IT office with trained technical support staff that can support all issues. If repairs are necessary the IT office can facilitate the process or provide help with out of warranty hardware through the computers’ qualified vendors.

What happens if my device is broken or under repair?

If a student computer is broken, the school will provide “loaner” computers that can be used for the period of time that the computer is not useable. The school can help facilitate with repair options for those computers that are purchased through the school and its vendors, and advise, facilitate out of warranty repairs.

Parents are ultimately responsible for repairing their computer in a timely manner. Currently, a student will check out and check in loaner laptops daily with a maximum use of a loaner for 4 calendar days. Loaner computers must be checked in and out of the IT office daily. You can read our Loaner Laptop Guidelines here.

My child dropped the laptop/iPad. What should we do?

If there is any damage to the device; students should not attempt to fix it themselves. They should bring it to the school’s IT Office to obtain options for repairing. Attempting to repair the device yourself or outside the device warranty agreement may void the warranty.

Does SFS provide any kind of theft or breakage insurance?

SFS cannot provide insurance to parents for parent owned student computers. Many homeowners/rental policies do provide some level of insurance. Parents should check with their insurance carrier to verify coverage.

What happens if my device is lost or stolen?

If the device is lost, every attempt by the student should be made to recover it. If it has been left in a taxi, then the taxi company should be immediately contacted. As with other student property coats, phones, etc., and school books the parents will be responsible if the item is lost or stolen. This means the student will need to purchase another device to use for school.