The type of equipment is totally a personal decision. However, here are some simple guidelines and thoughts to keep in mind while considering a device to purchase for educational use. We have had great success with the laptop format. Modern laptops are light, inexpensive, and the battery lasts 6 or more hours. They are wireless and have plenty of USB connectors. They come in a wide range of prices, so shop around. We suggest at least 2Gig of RAM, but 4Gig of RAM is preferable. Look for the fastest processor you can afford with 2 or more cores.Wireless performance is very important, so devices with 5Ghz radios or dual band (2.4Ghz and 5Ghz) are preferred. Also, prefer multiple wifi streams(2x2 or 3x3), over single stream(1x1).
There are many brands, but some of the most popular include: Lenovo, HP, Apple, Dell, Acer, ASUS, Samsung, Toshiba, etc. Cost ranges from around $250 to over $1000 each.
Look for laptop screens that are 11" or larger. Check expected battery life of at least 6 hrs.
There are a many tablets in the market at this time. As long as they have sufficient memory and a capable browser with good Internet performance, it should be OK. Tablets tend to be an "information consumer" device, so students may consider the need for a keyboard to take notes and get documents ready for school. For tablets, we recommend screen sizes of 8" or higher. Larger screen sizes of 10" or more is preferable for secondary students.
Because of our business relationship with educational sector vendors, we are able to pass along savings and discounts to our students, staff, and parents. One vendor that already provided educational pricing for our community is CDWG. We are not indicating here that they are our only supported vendor, nor that the equipment listed in their site is the only one recommended. We have included a link to their customized Lindbergh shopping site simply because they have agreed to pass along savings and support that other vendors and sources for acquiring equipment do not.Click Here for more information about "what device to buy" or Click Here to find several laptop models including business level equipment, as well as MS-Office and MS-Windows software.