Low-Cost Tablets vs. Expensive Laptops in Schools

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Personal computer budgets make up the bulk of our educational supplies. Even high-end business courses and other mature age studies can use low-cost tablets.We have seen already about Indian Government’s initiative for a low cost tablet for students.

A personal computer for each student has already joined the list of essential educational supplies. We already see children as young as 3-years old using iPads in some of the most expensive schools. While it seems there is no way around the need for such devices, not all parents, students and schools can afford items like the iPad 2 or other expensive devices.

The costs of laptops are prohibitive for the majority of parents, students and even schools, no matter where you are from. While Apple created the iPad with much success, they also paved the way for many other devices to come onto the market. Low-cost tablets are many and abundant. So, how can a school take advantage of low-cost tablets and still have the personal computing power of a more expensive laptop?

  • Operating system. While Windows 8 is yet to hit the market, the new operating system will bring many new features to the world of tablets. The new operating system is actually tablet-based, meaning that it is touch centric and designed for primary touch use, and not direction with a keyboard and a mouse. The majority of personal computers on the planet are already running Windows, and this will mean we can expect the majority of tablets to all be running Win 8 very soon. A tablet that runs Windows will mean a huge array of accepted software options will be available for the device.
  • Keyboard. Tablets are great for browsing the Internet and viewing media online. Their screens are designed to be easy on the eyes. Most operating systems have great built in keyboards for inputting a small amount of text. This is great if you are a businessperson with emphasis on absorbing information and not writing text. Even students of business courses or other vocational based study still need to write papers and submit material. What is the solution to make a tablet work for the student? A peripheral keyboard can turn a tablet into something that resembles a laptop for when it is time to get some hard work done.
  • Affordable Internet access and the cloud. Tablet computers have very limited storage space. They are lightweight because they do not have a spinning hard drive. We all know using a personal computer means having speedy Internet access, but to make a tablet truly viable a student will need a great data access plan. A student will need to store all their work online, and even access more online and browser-based applications. Cloud computing is safe, and sometimes even safer than traditional computing. Making sure we can access the cloud economically is already more important.

If we can access the Internet a relatively low cost, and our device has the ability to add a keyboard, there is no reason why we cannot save on the cost of buying an expensive laptop. At around 30%, or even less, tablets make for a very affordable personal computing option for many students.

This is a Guest Post by Sachin.He provides educational supplies and also offers business courses.

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