Device Resource List for Parents

  • Please note, this list is meant to be a starting point to help you in your decision to opt in to BYOD. The list is meant to be helpful in determining how devices may be used in an academic setting. Please understand that we can't make specific brand suggestions. The list, while comprehensive, is not exhaustive.
     
       Description  Possible Uses  Positive Applications  Potential Negatives
    Devices      
     
    Laptops
    (Ex: Dell, HP, Lenovo, Acer, Asus, etc.)
    A laptop is a portable and compact personal computer with the same capabilities as a desktop computer.
     
    THIS IS A PRIMARY DEVICE! 
    • Online Research
    • Taking Notes
    • Word Processing
    • Wireless WiFi Access
    • Records images 
    • Portability
    • RAM/Storage = Speed!
    • Larger screen
    • Battery longevity
    • Typically has Microsoft Office 
    • Weight: can be heavy
    • More expensive
    • Vulnerable to theft and damage 
    Netbooks
    (Ex: Dell, HP, Lenovo, Acer, Asus, etc.)
    A netbook is a small, light, low-power notebook computer that has less processing power than a full-sized laptop but is still suitable for word processing, running a Web browser (Chrome, Firefox) and connecting wirelessly to the Internet.
     
    THIS IS A PRIMARY DEVICE! 
    • Online Research
    • Taking Notes
    • Word Processing
    • Wireless WiFi Access
    • Records images 
    • Portability
    • Smaller than a laptop with most of the applications of one
    • Lighter
    • Less expensive 
    • Low RAM/storage
    • Small screen
    • Limited Power
    • Vulnerable to theft and damage 
    Chromebooks
    (Ex: Samsung, Google, Acer, etc.) 
    A chromebook is a laptop funning Chrome OS as its operating system. The devices are designed to be used primarily while connected to the Internet, with most applications and data residing "in the cloud".
     
    THIS IS A PRIMARY DEVICE! 
    • Online Research
    • Taking Notes
    • Wireless WiFi Access
    • Records images 
    • Portability
    • Speed of access
    • Ability to load Apps 
    • Word processing limitations
    • Inability to save information to device
    • Smaller screen 
    Tablets
    (Ex: Lenovo, iPad, etc.) 
    A tablet is a computer that accepts input directly onto an LCD screen rather than via a keyboard or mouse. The devices are designed to connect to the Internet, while also allowing for the saving of applications and data.
     
    THIS IS A SECONDARY DEVICE! 
    • Online Research
    • Taking Notes (limited)
    • Wireless WiFi Access
    • Records images 
    • Student Response 

    • Portability
    • Speed of access
    • Ability to load Apps 
    • Touch screen
    • Student response 
    • No physical keyboard • Very vulnerable to theft and damage
    • Word processing limitations
    • Small screen 
    Smartphones
    (Ex: iPhone, Samsung, Droid, etc. 
    A smartphone is a cell phone that performs many of the functions of a computer, typically having a touchscreen interface, Internet access, and an operating system capable of running downloaded applications.
     
    THIS IS A SECONDARY DEVICE! 
    • Online Research
    • Taking Notes (limited)
    • Wireless WiFi Access
    • Records images 
    • Student Response  
    • Portability
    • Speed of Access
    • Ability to load Apps
    • Touch screen
    • Student response 
    • No word processing
    • Very vulnerable to theft and damage
    • Small screen
    • Can't save info