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Electronic Device for Middle School?

Electronic Device for Middle School?

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Hi there,

My son will be going into grade 6, Middle School. After attending the orientation at the school, one things is clear, that I will have to buy him some sort of device for school. (believe me, I am not thrilled with this BYOD, but he felt very much left our in grade 5 when majority of the students had some sort of device with them and he didn't) Should I go with a laptop/notebook or something smaller? I am quite confused. I don't want to get something expensive as, it might break or he might lose it. But I also want to make sure he can get his work done. On one side I am thinking to get him a notebook where he can do his assignments. but then I think it might be too big for him to lug around so maybe should get him a tablet. but then that won't have Microsoft Office on it. Any suggestions, please and thank you


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Dan Callahan's picture
Dan Callahan
Professional Learning Specialist, Edcamper, Graduate Professor

Hi Kuldeep,
Honestly, I'd check with your son's school to see if they have any recommendations as to what would work best in their classrooms. Whether it be a notebook, tablet, hybrid, or other, different schools and teachers have different needs.

Microsoft Office isn't necessarily the one killer app that everybody uses any more, and there are alternatives on all devices, whether it be Google Docs on Chromebooks to iWork apps on the iPad. If they're set up well with BYOD, they should hopefully be flexible with the ways that kids can turn in assignments.

John S. Thomas's picture
John S. Thomas
First & Second Grade Teacher/Adjunct faculty Antioch University New England, former Elementary Principal

I agree check with the school. My son's school just implemented giving all students a g-mail account which means if we were to buy him a device, I would get him a very inexpensive Chromebook laptop which integrates with Google Docs very well. However, also keep in mind, you and your family will want to keep this device running smoothly for your son to be effectively using it. So take into consideration what you are comfortable setting up and supporting when it comes to devices. The good thing is that devices like Chrome books and iPads are relatively easy to keep running smoothly compared to the full on computers of yesterday.

Kuldeep's picture

I guess your right. I would have to wait for school to reopen in September to find out from the teachers. I was trying to be prepared before school started.

Thanks for your suggestions :-)


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