Ongoing changes in technology, devices, and how they are used has meant considerable rethinking as to how technology is best incorporated into the classroom. The Bring Your Own Device (BYOD) policy supports the idea that students will likely invest more in technology they own and in devices they can tailor for use both at home and school.
Teachers have found that the following devices support their teaching programs, better engage students, allow them to interact with a wider range of other information sources, enhance communication, and integrate with a range of hardware already in place across the school:
1. Apple iPad or iPad Mini (iOS) – Post iPad2: Wi-Fi or Wi-Fi + Cellular
2. Macbook Air
3. Microsoft Surface Pro
These devices can conform to the following required specifications:
5GHz 802.11ac standard
Dual Band or Gigabit Wireless
Battery life that can sustain consistent use across a school day (5hrs +)
Screen size compatible with finer and continuous work (some parents may prefer, for example, the iPad to iPad Mini).
16Gb or more of storage, camera, microphone
Less than 2 kg (it is advisable to also provide a protective cover/bag).
Physical keyboard that can be attached (e.g. Bluetooth)