Welcome to the Centre Com BYOD centre for parents and students.
The following information is designed to help you access the right computer and accessories for your child and their school.
Your school may have it’s own BYOD program. Check in with your school first before purchasing your device.
Some schools have a specific IT requirement they require you to adhere to. You can use the computer specification provided to find a device suited to your child. Click here to browse products.
If your school has not provided you with a specific IT requirement, the below guide provides a general outline on things to look out for when choosing the right device for your child.
A general purpose wireless computer with in a touchscreen interface . Tablets do not have any physical keyboard. They are smaller and lighter than a netbook/notebook and often used by young students. Tablets are also a great ancillary device for older students who want to read content, conduct simple web research and play games on the move. Some tablets have a stylus.
Netbooks are distinguished by their light weight, long battery life and smaller screens (between 9 to 12 inches). It’s designed for portability, as well as at desks. Generally less powerful than a laptop but easier for students to handle, carry around and use during the school day.
2-in-1 devices are laptops in which the keyboard is detachable. The device is able to serve as both a laptop and a tablet.
Laptops have the biggest range in terms of technical specification. There are entry range laptops which would have a similar specification to a netbook to powerful laptops suited for graphic design classes. Some laptops have a touch screen feature; providing your child with the extra preference on how they would like to access their computer.
When choosing a suitable device for your child it is important to consider the weight of the device and overall size relative to your child and their ability to handle the selected device. It is also important to consider how your child will be taking their computer to and from school. You may need to look at protective covers, water proof carry bags and keeping the computer away from drink bottles etc. Battery life is important and should cover the use at school (allow for at least 5 hours use even though students will generally not be using their computer all day at school.
As an example, your child may be undertaking tasks involving
Information gathering and sharing: Internet research, websites, video, articles, podcasts, databases, blogs, ebooks, online learning
Working with others: Email, calendaring, organisation, virtual conferencing, blogging
Producing work: Creating documents, spreadsheets presentations Note taking, mind mapping, Movie making, animation, graphic design etc
The tablets, netbooks and laptops listed below are able to perform the tasks outlined above but you will need to consider their processing power (speed), memory (ability to complete more tasks simultaneously). Generally, the more demanding tasks in terms of computing power require devices with higher specifications.