America’s second largest school district made a big announcement last year that they will be giving all its students iPads. While students and teachers community welcomed the news, many education analysts questioned the effectiveness of iPads in classrooms. Now, Los Angeles school district has realized that iPads are not the best in the business when it comes to students. They are now allowing schools to choose from six different Windows laptop computers for their students instead of iPads. In the fall, administrators, teachers and students at those schools will test the laptops to determine the device they should be used going forward. Also, the previously planned distribution of the iPads is on hold. This is not the first time they have put on hold the roll out of iPads. Last year, students found an easy way to bypass iPad’s profile system which restricted them from accessing social networks and other content.
Lenovo Yoga Touch, Microsoft Surface Pro 2, Dell Latitude E7240, Chromebooks are in the list of devices being chosen for testing.
“The Surface is really sexy, but I was concerned about the detachable keyboard, about students losing or breaking it,” McKnight said. Some of the devices are hybrids, combining features of a touch screen tablet with traditional strengths of a laptop, such as multiple ports and the ability to run several programs at once.
The deadline for making selections was Friday. McNight chose the Lenovo for her school. She liked being able to flip the screen to the other side for use as a camera, and the option of writing on the screen with a stylus. McNight hadn’t been as impressed with the iPad, which many of her students used for taking new state standardized tests in the spring. The school also had some older laptops available for the exams.
“Students were more comfortable on the laptop because of the amount of writing and the size of the screen,” she said. “It was really hard to see the whole problem on the iPad.”
I guess Surface Pro 3 might be the best choice for these schools. It offers great form factor, stylus support, long battery life and the most secure and manageable tablet OS available on the market.