iAndover Approved Device Options
A personally owned device means a privately owned – school dedicated wireless device that is approved by APS Technology and Digital Learning Department (refer to specification list below)
In addition to device specifications, the devices should include the following functionality:
- wireless Internet access
- ability to play and record sounds
- word processing
These guidelines are provided to ensure that your student has a satisfactory digital experience. They are meant to serve as guidelines not mandates. In general keep the following in mind:
- If your machine is 3-4 years old it will almost certainly be fine and provide a good experience. Older machines typically have more limited battery life and may not support the most current operating system revisions.
- Since most of the work required will be performed “in the cloud”, most machines are fast enough. Older “netbook” type machines however may prove to be too slow
- When selecting a machine the most important issue is battery life. Make sure it will get them through the day. Then look at screen size and the keyboard to make sure they are comfortable for your student. The details about the processor, memory and so forth are secondary.
- Display size and resolution will matter to your student. An 11” screen with 1366 x 768 resolution would be the minimum. 13-15” screens with 1920 x 1080 provide more real estate. Larger screens may be overkill. Weight is also a key consideration for students who will be carrying devices from class to class. Anything heavier than 4-5 pounds will be noticeable.
- While not required all of the new machines we are buying our staff have a built in touch screen and most can be operated in either laptop or tablet mode.
- As you are buying, think about whether this is a “short term” machine or a device you hope will carry your student into college. If the latter you will find that most colleges will require a Windows or Mac machine rather than a Chromebook. Similarly if your student wants to do any “desktop” style work, like running Microsoft Office, creating music, photo editing or intense gaming a Chromebook is not the ideal solution
- Make sure you update to a relatively current version of the operating system and install virus protection to make sure your student is safe and secure
- Buy a protective case where possible. Students are tough on their machines and any protection is helpful
If you have questions on the specs, please feel free to contact Joanne Najarian, Director of Digital Learning