Laptop, iPad, Android, Chromebook, BYOT, what is a school to do?
The implications of each choice can be far reaching, touching teachers, students, budgets, tech departments and more!
I get asked "What device do you think is the best?" almost every day and, here is the deal,
I don't care what device you choose, really, I don't.
I care about what your teachers & students are going to DO WITH IT.
So let's begin with a one questions quiz:
Why are we moving to 1:1?
A. All the cool schools are doing it
B. We got a grant for iPads
C. The state says we have to prepare for online testing
D. Our mission & vision support transforming the way we support teaching & learning
E. Worksheets look awesome on LCD screens.
I bet you know which one was the correct!
As always you gotta know your WHY (Thank you, Simon Sinek) before you even begin to think about a device.
Because this is much more than a technology decision, be sure you have lots of voices at the table, teachers, parents, students the tech team and more.
Since I tweet out or reply to an email pretty much every week at this point in the school year around this question, I thought I would just link right here to the resources I routinely share out.
Many of these links help you get to your "why" not just your "what", but there is also good "what" advice, too.
Implementing a 1:1 Program via Nick Sauers (
New Tech Network 's Pinterest Board with BYOD/BYOT resources
1:1 Essentials Program from Common Sense Media
4 Questions to Ask Before Choosing: iPad or Chromebook via Edudemic
How to Choose the Right Tablet for Your School via @CenterDigitalEd
How to Choose the Best Device for Your School via Adam Webster ( @Cagelessthink)
5 School-Worthy Alternatives for Education
In addition to the above articles here are three helpful chats and hashtags.
#1:1techat at 9pm EST on Wednesdays
#BYOTChat 9pm EST on Thursdays
#iPadChat 1pm EST on Wednesdays
I look forward to you sharing resources that you have found helpful on this journey!