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  # 2290907 6-Aug-2019 13:24
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Got my Yr9 Daughter one of these at beginning of year and so far has proven to be a great decision (if Chromebooks are acceptable device)


14" FHD touchscreen, can install Android Apps, 64gb storage and 8gb ram


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  # 2290914 6-Aug-2019 13:34
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RAINBOW:  My kids school reccommends ipads. We don't have to get them but that is what is reccommended. If we were going to pay that much I'd rather buy a laptop that will fit their requirements for years 11-13. I like chrome books, my youngest has one at year 6. 


iPads make little sense to me as a school device....  they are great for content consumption, but not so great for content creation (in my opinion).  I would encourage you to talk to the parents of older kids about their experience with iPads for school.


iOS apps won't run on a laptop, so if an iPad is strongly encouraged (and you choose to follow that encouragement), then you'll be best following that path.

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  # 2290927 6-Aug-2019 13:44
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Seriously, the first reply contains the most critical piece of advice -  I suggest there's no point investigating specific devices, or even researching laptops with a particular operating system, until you've checked with the school as to what their requirements are. Once you've got that then you could report back here; this will allow people to provide advice relevant to the type of computers you'll need to purchase.


You'll often find this information is included on the school's website, or in a 'guide to new students' (may be a pdf on the website); if not, contact the school directly as this will be a question that they commonly have to answer.


Personally, I think there's not enough consideration of device types for schools, including a real lack of integration between the levels. My kids need different devices at primary, intermediate and secondary schools, despite the latter two being common feeder schools for the preceding level. I get that iPads work well at primary school and by intermediate a laptop with a proper keyboard is appropriate, but surely allowing the same device and OS at intermediate and secondary would be logical? (In our case intermediate = ChromeOS; secondary = Windows or Mac OS, and these two schools are literally next to each other!)





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