STEP 2: What device - by student level
Some devices are more suitable for younger children and some for more senior students.
Tablets are devices with only a screen and no physical keyboard. They’re best for viewing content, although they can handle some modest tasks. This means tablets may be a good choice for primary school students.
There are many Apple and Android Apps available to use on tablets.
Notebooks and Hybrid Devices (2-in-1)
2-in-1 devices benefit from a ‘best of both worlds’ approach: they work as a tablet and a laptop. As a more flexible BYO device, they’re great for children in their last years of primary school.
Notebooks are small laptops with screens sizes of 11 to 14 inches, meaning that they are suitably lightweight for younger students.
These lower-cost devices run Google’s own software and rely on the internet to do pretty much everything, including storing files and running basic Google apps. They may not be able to run non-Google applications. The ideal device for a “Google School.”
Chromebooks may not be appropriate for senior students due to software requirements for some courses but can work well in the Junior years.
Laptops & Notebooks
BYOD laptops and notebooks mean pretty much the same thing, although some people consider laptops to be the larger models with screens of 15 to 17 inches, while notebooks are smaller siblings with screens sizes of 11 to 14 inches.
Laptops particularly suit senior students using specialist software packages and who are likely to take the device on to tertiary education.
Ultrabook™ devices are a category of laptop designed to have a slim profile, be light to carry and boast long battery life. However, like most ‘thin and light’ designs, these devices don’t include a DVD drive. And because they’re meant to be easy to carry, most Ultrabook™ screens hover around the 11-14 inch mark.