Some parents are wondering how to assist their children to succeed with virtual learning now that the COVID-19 outbreak has shut down in-person training in many places. Making ensuring each child has a device that allows them to see and hear their teachers as well as the digital content the teacher offers is one of the most important components of this discourse.
However, few families have the financial means to purchase a high-end laptop for each child. Many parents are seeking for low-cost alternatives to laptops in order to make virtual learning work. One option is to use tablets instead of laptops. There has been a lot of research on how tablets could change education, but are they ideal for virtual school right now?
Can You Do Online School on a Tablet?
In the vast majority of circumstances, the answer is “yes.” However, because each school district, college, and university is unique, be sure you understand the expectations before making a purchase.
The majority of online school is conducted through widely available apps like Zoom or Microsoft Teams, which can be run on almost any properly equipped tablet.
However, be aware that some schools use their LMS to handle their e-learning (learning management system). All good LMS systems have responsive websites that perform well on tablets. We can’t, however, speak for everyone. To learn about any system requirements in place, contact your school’s office or technology liaison.
A tablet may not be the greatest option if your student is in middle or high school and expects to type notes during lecture periods. In most other circumstances, though, a pill will suffice.
Which Tablet Is Best for Online Classes?
In general, any tablet with enough computing power will suffice. Any iPad from the last three years or so will function perfectly. Top-of-the-line Android tablets, such as the (non-budget) Galaxy range, will also work. For the average student, anything from Microsoft’s Surface range will be more than adequate (maybe even overkill).
We don’t recommend Amazon tablets for online learning. Amazon tablets are intended for entertainment rather than work. Their processors are adequate for their primary purposes, but they may not be adequate for school. Compatibility is also a concern because the Amazon app store is limited.
What Tablets Are Used in Schools?
Most schools that are distributing the tablets for Educational Purpose widely do so in collaboration with a top-tier manufacturer such as Apple, Dell, or Samsung. The devices must all be the same so that districts can simply image them. However, this does not imply that you must purchase the identical gadgets for home usage.
What Are Tablets Best Used For?
Because many power users don’t have a good use case for a tablet, the larger tech press frequently asks this subject. They require a professional laptop for intensive processing, and they already own a huge, current smartphone for fast activities. For those people, the tablet falls somewhere in the middle and is rarely used for anything other than travel.
Families, on the other hand, have a different view. Not every youngster in the house requires a laptop computer, at least not until they are older. Mini tablets are the ideal size for youngsters to play games and view videos on, and they are typically less expensive than laptops.
How Do I Secure My Tablet?
Parental controls are available on most tablets from major manufacturers. Each operating system (iOS, Android, and FireOS) is unique. However, whichever option you choose, you can encrypt your children’s tablets so that they can only access what you want them to.