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iPads and devices with touchscreens are much easier for younger students (kindergarten age) to manipulate. They have difficulty dragging items and drawing using the mouse or touch pad. I would think chrome books or laptops are better for older students.

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Discussion Review (newest messages first)
prechrswife 05-13-2020 12:47 PM

Definitely laptops. Our lower elementary has Kindles and upper has laptops. These have been loaned out to families for distance learning, and the laptops are much better.

mrsf70 05-13-2020 02:52 AM

My district is 1-to-1 with iPads, and it's a constant struggle. We were up for new tech next year and are staying with iPads. I was beyond disappointed.

iteachk2010 05-12-2020 11:31 AM

iPads and devices with touchscreens are much easier for younger students (kindergarten age) to manipulate. They have difficulty dragging items and drawing using the mouse or touch pad. I would think chrome books or laptops are better for older students.

all41 05-11-2020 07:01 PM

Thanks for your advice. I was thinking the same as all of you but it is nice to hear from others with experience.

pdxteacher 05-11-2020 06:58 PM

Chrome books/laptops for sure. Most of my students were able to get chrome books from the district for distance learning, but a few families didn't and are relying on iPads - it's not going well. I spend a lot more time trying to troubleshoot with them. And it's not a lack of practice - I have a class set of iPads in our room which we use on a daily basis. In the classroom iPads are great for *supporting* learning, but the chrome books are better for accessing and independent work.

123rabbit 05-11-2020 06:06 PM

Ipads are too limited for everything. I have to use my personal laptop for Seesaw lessons, gradebook, Google Classroom,Kahoot,etc. Our IT people even tell us at trainings that to use most of the programs you need a desktop or laptop computer IPads won't cut it.

dutchgirl 05-11-2020 05:45 PM

Mac laptops. Thankfully, that’s what my district has! I use my iPad for relaxing, my laptop for work. I can’t imagine trying to complete projects and papers on an iPad.

Teacherbee_4 05-11-2020 04:45 PM

I LOVE Mac, but for the sake of distance learning, I think a Chrome book or laptop would work better.

all41 05-11-2020 03:50 PM

If you were able to get a class set, which would you choose, iPads or laptops? And why?

Somethings to keep in mind:

- What would be easier to use to teach remotely in the event of another school closure?

- Regardless of what class set you choose to purchase, you would have the other available for shared use while in school.

- You teach upper elementary students in a school that does not currently use any online teaching platforms (google classroom, seesaw, ect) at the elementary level




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