Bring Your Own Device is a growing trend across Schools in New Zealand. It is being practised more and more every year, enhancing the learning experience for kids by providing access to information anywhere, anytime with a possibility of bringing classroom to their fingertips.
Shopping for your kids’ first device can be difficult considering various aspects needing to be looked at the beginning of a new class.
We can help with additional software programmes, such as Microsoft Office, Adobe suite and more. Please do check with the school for minimum requirements, as some education providers or classes will require specific features
The performance of a device is mainly driven by the RAM & Storage. RAM (Random Access Memory) is a physical hardware within the laptop that enables the device to work faster with data and information being pulled in from multiple sources. The faster the RAM the more powerful your device. We usually recommend at least a 4GB for primary kids whereas an 8GB RAM for High School keeping in mind their software usage getting extensive with each passing year. Minimum 4GB RAM: Windows or OSX ensures greater productivity when multi-tasking. 8GB RAM is recommended.
Today’s students use various software in Schools due to which, you will need at least 64GB of storage in a tablet and a minimum of 128GB in a laptop or Ultrabook™. Look for expandable storage options.
The Processor is the heart of any computer and is responsible for the running the operating system and any application on your device. A computer's processor clock speed determines how quickly the central processing unit (CPU) can retrieve and interpret instructions. This helps your computer complete more tasks by getting them done faster. Always best to have the latest Processors. (Your school will also have recommendations).
A Dual-band WiFi empowers quick access to School/ Home network, Other additional devices like Digital Cameras, Hard drives and Printers may need USB ports too.
Battery Life & Weight:
Students already have bags to carry hence laptops weighing less than 2kgs are most ideal for students of all ages, if the laptop has longer battery, carrying a charger to School can be avoided too, hence we recommend a minimum 7.5 hours battery life, 8 HOURS IDEAL.
Windows or OSX min 64GB, Chrome min 16GB.
The GPU (graphics processing unit) in a computer is useful for more than just playing games. This bit of silicon is ultimately responsible for everything you see on screen, from 3D games to the basic desktop. Perhaps more important for some people, many GPUs can accelerate video decoding: With the latest version of Adobe Flash and the right GPU, Web videos from YouTube will run more smoothly and look better (especially if you have a netbook or an ultraportable laptop with a weaker CPU).
Increasing efficiency and native feel of function. Compatible with a stylus, improving the ease of drawings and hand writing on screen
Protects from surface damage and minimises damage. Extending the device life
Convertible tablet to laptop:
Allowing the ease of switching from a laptop to a tablet.
Ergonomic improvements and comfort
For touch screens, improving handwriting and drawing on screen.
Accident damage protection:
Extra assurance and protection from damage and power surges.
Built for durability and rough handling requirements. They have water resistant keyboards, stronger hinges and tough & rugged chassis.
Please check with your school, as some of your classes or courses will require higher specs, or there may be uniform OS and device requirements.
Shop by Device
The simplicity and portability of Chromebook’s make it a popular choice for BYOD for students. These simply require a Google account (Gmail) and an internet connection. All work Is stored in the cloud rather than on the device, so content can be accessed from anywhere, anytime. It is not possible to install additional software. These are compatible with Office programmes such as Microsoft word, etc. A great option when looking at an entry level device for first time users that is affordable and easy to use.
With a wide range on offer these make it the perfect choice when looking for something more powerful for senior students. Notebooks have a built-in keyboard and range from ultra-lightweight to powerful and rugged. They can run more demanding educational programmes and have hard drives making it possible to install software.
When using these devices, you are spoilt for choice giving you a 2-in-1 device that can transition from a notebook with a keyboard, to a tablet with a touchscreen. These making it the perfect device for students as the versatility and portability make it the perfect BYOD device for any task. Students can add a digital pen to take handwritten notes, sketch ideas and solve math problems. “best of both”
Tablets are small and light with a touchscreen making them perfect for students to fit in their bags, especially primary students. Additionally, they are also a great secondary device for older students who want to research content quickly due to their quick access and wide variety of apps to download.