High School Tablets
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Students in the class of 2019 and beyond, and students new to Dalat should bring a Windows tablet to the first day of school. The three suitable options are listed in detail below. An iPad will not be an option for the class of 2019. All of these computers have been chosen for their specs, price, quality, availability, and the value that they will bring to the classroom.
While the iPad has been a great device for the last few years, we feel this change is the best step forward for all of our students and for the way these computers can continue to transform education. Note that these are the only options that will be allowed for the class of 2019. In order to simplify support through our tech staff and for the training of the teachers we need to keep these limits on the choice of device that can be used.
Why are we switching to a Windows Tablet from the iPad?
The Windows tablet is in many ways the best of both worlds. It is a full functioning computer with the usability, portability and form factor of a tablet.
Teachers want the freedom to use a device with a full functioning operating system rather than working within the limits of the iOS system. This includes…
- The ability to plug in accessories like probes for collecting data in science classes.
- The ability to write papers on a full functioning device with multi-tasking for research allowing easy switching between multiple applications and documents.
- Access to file directories and ways of saving documents that are not available on the iPad.
- The ability to access media that uses flash as well as other software programs that do not operate on a limited iOS platform.
- Simpler and more powerful editing of Google documents. As we move more and more to cloud computing, the limits of the iPad become more and more apparent in the classroom.
Research on what is around the corner this summer in Windows 10 indicates that the trend of making apps available for the Windows platform will accelerate significantly for those few apps that are not.
These new devices should eliminate that extra cost for families as the same device can be used both at home and at school with the added convenience of not needing to move files back and forth between multiple devices.
These new computers will make the creation of content much simpler and focus the use of the device more on educational productivity.
Windows 8 has excellent parental controls (called Microsoft Family Safety) that can be configured which will give parents more control on what your students are dong on their device. We will be providing information to parents on steps they can take to initiate these controls at the beginning of next year.
The lowest is comparable to the cost of a mid-range iPad with all the accessories while the mid-range windows tablet is cheaper than a fully equipped iPad.
Families with students currently in grade 8 are allowed to purchase one of the three options listed below any time between now and the first day of school in the fall semester.
Students who are currently in the high school will be allowed to continue to use their iPad device for the remainder of their time in high school but are given the option to switch to these new devices if they choose to do so.
For all these options Dalat recommends a sturdy case for protection from drops. Once again, thank you for your support. We will work with the tech department to answer questions that come up and to communicate whenever we have new information.
All these options and pricing includes the keyboard which is optional on all the devices but is required by the school.