A powerful (expensive) device is not required. What is required is a device that will be easy for students to manage and one that allows documents to be created and edited efficiently.
Whether purchasing new, or using an existing device, it is important to ensure that the device makes life easier for the student and not more difficult.
Older devices and very cheap devices can present problems (e.g. connection and speed issues, battery life, etc.) as can those with significant restrictions applied at the time the device was set up.
The following are important considerations that will enhance the user experience:
Weight and portability are big considerations, especially for juniors. Students carry their device from class to class throughout the day.
Long battery life (6 hours +) is another major consideration. Students may not be able to charge their device at school and need a device with enough battery to last them the day.
Wireless connectivity is important. The device should be AGN capable and ideally meet the 802.11n standard.
Screen size needs to be large enough to work with documents in order to create and edit content and watch video.
Keyboard – a physical keyboard is far easier to use for text entry.
Robustness – a good quality build with a rugged hard shell provides durability. Hinge mechanisms need to be robust as these can be a point of failure.
Headphones will be necessary for listening to sound. The device needs a headphone port.
Virus Protection will be necessary for PC and Mac devices.
Warranty – students using the device will want faults fixed quickly. The College will not provide technical support or repair services.
Insurance – the College insurance does not cover personal property. You will need to ensure you are covered for replacement if the device is lost, stolen, or damaged.