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Choosing the Best Computer for Your Child


Here are some handy tips for those considering buying a device for their child.


Younger students may find early learning success with touch-based devices. On the other hand, older students may need more computer power and an environment that promotes innovation and creativity.

  • Prep to Year 2: Try a tablet or 2-in-1 (a combination of tablet and laptop) with touch capabilities or a pen input to allow exploration and investigation.
  • Year 3 and 4: Find a Chromebook (an affordable option) or a 2-in-1. Students will be ready for tasks and assignments involving keyboard and mouse interaction.
  • Year 5 to 8: Laptops, Chromebooks, and 2-in-1s are the best devices for these students as they provide the mobility and performance to support students’ growing proficiency for technology. They can collaborate with chat and video tools, research topics on their own, and create dynamic presentations.
  • Year 9 to 12: Look for a 2-in-1 device or laptop that provides desktop-like performance with mobile flexibility, a full-sized keyboard, and an active stylus for easy annotating, drawing, or note taking.

Screens should be at least 25cm. The device should be able to handle the curriculum-based digital content and tools that the school is using. If you are looking to buy a new computer, laptop or tablet, ask these questions:

  • Is it suited to educational use?
  • Can you tell me about security management features?
  • Is it compatible with other devices?
  • What kind of costs might I incur for additional software or repairs?

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