For day one of our focus on devices in education, we are going to take a look at those devices that are best suited for primary age learners.
Immersive and interactive, touch based experiences, are particularly well suited for primary school age learners and devices that help enable these experiences should be prioritised wherever possible. Younger learners are also conceivably the users most likely to test a devices resilience, so you want to ensure that the devices you provide them with are durable enough not to shatter if they are accidentally dropped or banged on tables.
Based on a range of price points, the we think the following 3 devices are idea for a primary age audience.
Hybrid (Entry Level): Intel Classmate PC
A solid device for any accidental drops and knocks, the Intel Classmate is light enough for young children to carry, but provides everything they need to have fun and learn at the same time. We love the 2MP front-facing and 5MP rear facing cameras which are great for interactive learning using services such as Skype, and the retractable handle only helps to prevent those inevitable drops.
Tablet (Entry Level): Surface RT
Microsoft’s first device offers a no-compromise tablet that allows both great app experiences and full productivity. With Office 2013 Home and Student included, and, unlike many tablets, a USB port, students get the best possible work experience. Surface RT is quick to boot and lasts up to 8 hours, meaning you can focus on being productive, rather than being constantly on the lookout for the next power source.
The Surface RT is also currently available, via an education only discount, for £133 until the end of September so now is a great time to source some devices for the new academic year.
All-in-One (High End Device)
We know that primary students need robust devices which also deliver on performance, and this RM device definitely provides that. The optional touchscreen is perfect for children, and less-experienced users, who often take to touchscreens much faster than a mouse and keyboard, and the 10-point multi-touch gesture capabilities allow students to get creative with others. The integrated webcam facilitates collaborative learning, which would be perfect for capturing classroom life for group projects.
Additional information about the devices featured in this post are available within our new Devices in Education eBook. The full eBook can be viewed/downloaded for free below.
What is your ideal Windows device for Primary. Let us know in the comments below!