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#1 meohmy

Posted 23 March 2020 - 09:54 AM

Hi,

It we will be schooling from home for a while.

We own one 8/9 year old lap top that plods along for the internet and email, and does the occasional word document and PowerPoint presentation when school required. We have old, nothing fancy phones.

While I'm not wishing to go device heavy, I'm being realistic that the types of educational resources provided and other programs out there are going to over ride my wish for the kids to remain device free.

Does anyone have any recommendations for netbooks,cheap laptops, tablets, etc that are going to be suitable to support all of this? They are all primary, the eldest will be up to BYOD next year so that's a consideration, not essential at our school but might as well consider it now if we need to spend $$

Thank you

#2 SeaPrincess

Posted 23 March 2020 - 10:04 AM

First stop would be to check what the specs are for the device for school. Our primary school prefers a MacBook, and the primary school IT person provides excellent support for them and minimal support for other devices, while the high school provide minimal support for Apple devices. Both are public schools.

My advice would be to get the best that you can afford. DS1’s high school required a $300 laptop for year 7 - it barely had enough internal memory to update the first time it was turned on, and he kept using his MacBook at home anyway. Now he just takes the MacBook, which he has had since grade 4 (now in year 9).

#3 Kiwi Bicycle

Posted 23 March 2020 - 10:32 AM

Agree with Sea Princess. But however if the recommendation is a Chromebook, I'd might not go there as is does requure to use software etc on the internet (no actual software on the device keeps the price down).
My IT husband often reccomends not going for a sub $800-900k laptop as they really limp along.
Maybe if you are not going Apple, consider this as purchase to replace your old laptop. And you can always onsell it next year if it's surplus to requirements.
I would avoid a tablet as most schools start to use laptops in Grade 3.

#4 CrankyM

Posted 23 March 2020 - 10:41 AM

I'm about to buy this one for my yr 6 and yr 4 kid to use (the other kid can use my laptop if I'm not working from home. it has much higher specs then the one below).

https://www.harveyno...ssd-laptop.html

It has decent enough specs that it should last 5years or so, though I'd hope for longer.

Edited by CrankyM, 23 March 2020 - 10:42 AM.


#5 YodaTheWrinkledOne

Posted 23 March 2020 - 11:22 AM

View PostKiwi Bicycle, on 23 March 2020 - 10:32 AM, said:

I would avoid a tablet as most schools start to use laptops in Grade 3.
Both my kids use tablets for their school work. DD1 is high school (yr 7) and DD2 is Year 5. Both are using Google classroom, G Suite, Office 365 and a few other apps, all available via their tablets.

We thought we would have to buy DD1 a laptop this year, but so far she is managing fine with the tablet and said it's made no difference in terms of her work compared to other kids who are using a laptop.

#6 Sentient Puddle

Posted 23 March 2020 - 12:18 PM

View PostYodaTheWrinkledOne, on 23 March 2020 - 11:22 AM, said:

Both my kids use tablets for their school work. DD1 is high school (yr 7) and DD2 is Year 5. Both are using Google classroom, G Suite, Office 365 and a few other apps, all available via their tablets.

We thought we would have to buy DD1 a laptop this year, but so far she is managing fine with the tablet and said it's made no difference in terms of her work compared to other kids who are using a laptop.

Our school doesn't go to a laptop till year 10.  So it varies wildly and widely - so you really need to know what the school will require in future.

#7 MadMarchMasterchef

Posted 23 March 2020 - 04:32 PM

Whats your budget and how much will it need to be toted around?   (lighter generally equals more $)

#8 quartz85

Posted 23 March 2020 - 07:19 PM

Check with your school. My school has a byod policy where they can bring whatever they want. But we have sets of Chromebooks for kids to use at school and while they are not fantastic, they do the job. Depending on what system your school is part of you may get free cloud storage through Google, all of the Google apps etc...

#9 meohmy

Posted 23 March 2020 - 08:20 PM

Thank you all, I have sent an email to the school asking preferences and requirements and shall report back (guessing it will rightly not be their highest priority at the.moment).

#10 **Xena**

Posted 23 March 2020 - 10:13 PM

My kids first device that they also used for school was a Lenovo tablet. They are one of the cheapest devices with good specs that you can get. They also used a Lenovo laptop for awhile.
Personally I'd avoid Apple products unless you are an Apple product household. They tend to be more expensive and a pain if you are trying to use them in conjunction with non Apple devices.

Edited by **Xena**, 24 March 2020 - 09:15 PM.


#11 Murderino

Posted 24 March 2020 - 07:40 PM

I was going to buy a new laptop but our Vic school advised today an iPad would be fine and they would also be able to lend families a school iPad. My kids each have iPads so we’re fine there.




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