Perhaps your child already has a device. Fantastic! It may be possible to use that device as a tool for their learning at CPAHS. Below are some tips and tricks to get full use of these devices as a tool for learning at CPAHS.
Consider the use of a device for BYOD with the following criteria:
* Battery life - can it get through most of a school day?
* Weight - Will the device + any books etc make a bag too heavy?
* Age - will the device last a school year and will it run modern web browsers?
Cheaper laptops and netbooks.
There are limitations with many cheaper laptops and netbooks. Video and audio editing becomes cumbersome and rich presentations (Eg: powerpoint) are difficult to create. But, if this is the device your child has, then we should start using it for learning as soon as possible. It will be fine for document creation and researching online.
iPad - From $369
iPads are very popular, and very affordable with an iPad Mini* 2 costing $369. It will connect to the DER network, will run Office 365, Edmodo and can be used to research online.
An issue with the iPad is that text entry can be slow with a small keyboard on the touch screen. It is recommend, if students chose to bring an iPad, that they purchase a bluetooth keyboard.
*iPad mini, not ideal. A bit small.
A strong case is also recommended.
Cheap Android Tablets
There will be some great deals out there, Eg: The ALDI tablet.
These tablets are usually using running the Android Operating System. We have tested Android tablets at school and had mixed results*.
The Android operating systems has many iterations and device manufacturers often add their own software to the mix.
We cannot guarantee that the Android tablet a student brings can be connected to the DER network and due to the many versions of Android, technical assistance would be limited. We will try our best though.
*Samsung and Google tablets work well.
2 in 1 Laptop.
Be wary of devices that are tablets and Laptops. We have tested several such devices that have solid keyboards that loosely attach with magnets.
The issue is that these device are too fragile for the school environment and it is difficult to find a case that can protect the device while it is being used.
Many of these devices are suitable to learning, but needed to be treated very carefully.
E.g. If you drop a Microsoft Surface Pro and crack the screen, you may have to buy a new one as there are a lot of advanced electronics just under the screen.