Recommendations for Electronic Learning Devices 2018
The most important factors to consider when purchasing a device are: battery life. A device should last the school day without charging, be wireless, compact and durable. It is also worth noting that you get what you pay for.
Ideally: A Compact Laptop
Laptops are a full computer, with a hard drive and the ability to install software, making them more versatile. Expect to pay between $500-$850 unless you choose to purchase an Apple device. Solid State drives are much faster than Hard Disk drives but add about $150 to the price of the laptop.
Second Choice: Chromebook.
Chromebooks rely on an internet connection to work. The software (apps) available all run through an internet connection. It is not possible to install additional software on a chromebook. Expect to pay between $350-$550.
If your child has a tablet (eg ipad, android) they could still use this but there may be times when it will not be suitable for some learning activities.
Wireless: Must be dual-band capable, and state that it has a/g/n or a/b/g/n
Battery Life: Should last 5-6 hours to be able to get through a school day without recharging.
RAM: Should be 4GB or more for a compact laptop or 2GB or more for a chromebook; more is better.
Weight: Should be light enough for your son/daughter to carry around all day, anything more than 1.5kg including the case might be too heavy.
CPU: Faster is usually better, but may also reduce battery life. Discuss your needs with the supplier.
Robustness: Your device should be strong enough to survive a fall onto a hard surface. A water resistant, padded neoprene pocket or similar will reduce the risk of damage in most cases.
Insurance: While we take care to protect student property, we cannot accept responsibility for devices lost or stolen, so make sure it is covered for these possibilities. We recommend you check that your household contents insurance policy covers accidental damage to a student device at school.
Warranty: Minimum warranty is 1 year.
A range of suppliers have been asked to put suitable packages together for Northcote College and the details will be posted on this website as soon as they are avilable. Please note that if you are purchasing a chromebook you do not need to buy security software for that device (eg: Norton Anti-virus software).