Why are you making every student bring a device?

There are a lot of reasons that schools go with a BYOD or 1:1 program. For AISB, it all comes down to making sure students have tools that maximize their productivity and learning; on the whole, we believe that if every student has a device they will on the whole be more productive, creative, and collaborative than if they didn't. But just because we want every student to have a device doesn't mean we want them to be using their devices 24/7. Read more here.

My computer has a problem. Now what?

"Bring Your Own Device" means that it is families and students, not the school, who owns the devices. Such a model gives students maximum control and ownership over their device, letting them take responsibility and be more creative rather than controlling what they can and cannot do. Because students own their own devices, they are also responsible for maintaining the software and hardware of their devices. AISB IT staff can assist students in connecting to the school-provided internet and resources, and AISB's student-led Digital Leaders can further assist with other technical issues. For cases requiring the reinstall of the operating system or hardware maintenance/replacement, visiting a repair shop will be required and is the responsibility of the student/family. Visit this page for more information.

What kind of device should I get?

The latest device recommendations is updated each year.

A detailed overview of what to consider when purchasing a laptop is also available.

What should I have besides my device?

Having two chargers is essential; it gives you a backup if one burns out, which is fairly likely given the power outages in Bamako. You should also have a USB key or hard drive to quickly transfer files and keep backups. Finally, a pair of headphones will let you watch videos without disturbing others.

What software do I need?

Students are requested to have Microsoft Office installed. Many new Windows laptops come with 1-year free subscriptions to Office 365. LibreOffice may be used as an alternative, but the interface may be unfamiliar to users new to the program. Students should also have a video editing program installed, such as iMovie for Mac, Movie Maker for Windows, or the more powerful Adobe Premiere, Apple Final Cut Pro, or Lightworks.

Isn't having a device just an invitation for students to waste time?

Children and young adults are adept at finding ways to entertain themselves, and there's no denying that computers offer a whole host of new ways for them to entertain themselves. AISB believes that the appropriate response to concerns about the responsible use of technology is to teach students how to use technology responsibly rather than to simply restrict access to it. If students don't have access to technology, they can't how to use it to support their learning and be productive.

You can expect some students will find using technology appropriately to be more of a challenge than others - at least at first. You may find students playing games at lunch, getting around internet filters during class, and other non-productive behaviors. It's possible to make these things more difficult; AISB monitors network usage and blocks access to services like BitTorrent, Facebook, Spotify, and other sites that have no obvious academic applications. But it's impossible to technically guarantee that students use their computers responsibly all the time. Our goal is to provide a challenging, rewarding academic environment so that our students choose to use their computers responsibly all the time.

How can I make sure my child is using their device responsibly at home?

There's a tutorial for that! See this page.

How can I help my child stay safe online when using their device?

There's a tutorial for that! See this page.

How can I make sure my child's device is reliable and lasts a long time?

There's a tutorial for that! See this page.