A new school year is coming up. That means college students, high school students, and grade school children alike will all need devices suitable for remote learning–and resources to keep them engaged and productive. The education has seen a drastic adjustment amid the coronavirus pandemic, changing the way our students and teachers operate in a learning environment. What you may be unaware of is that this remote education overhaul has opened the door for tech companies like Apple and Microsoft to push the development of their remote-learning devices, resources, and applications.
For some students and educational institutions, iPad rentals will get the job done. If you’re looking to learn more about providing iPads for your students and/or teachers, check out Remote Education with iPads.
However, some students and teachers may require more powerful devices with attached keyboards, trackpads, or mouses, and the ability to quickly use keyboard functions. Not to mention the ergonomic concerns that come with using a tablet in a learning environment. A student or teacher who is going to spend long hours concentrating on an assignment will do much better work sitting up straight than lifting an arm constantly to swipe the screen of a tablet. Even if you hook your iPad up to a monitor, you’ll still have to get over the drawback of the touch-screen.
You’ll spend the same amount of money on an iPad that can’t do everything a portable computer could do, so why make the adjustment?
For those teachers and students who require extensive multitasking, iPad rentals just won’t cut it. That’s where laptops come in.
According to the Consumer Technology Association, 75 percent of parents report their high school and middle school kids are using laptops at least once a week for education. However, parents of elementary school children reported that 80% of their children use tablets for education. This makes sense because as assignments become harder and more involved they require more fine-tuning that you can only accomplish with a mouse and a traditional operating system.
Now that you’ve decided you want to optimize the productivity of your students and teachers by supplying them with laptops for remote learning and accomplishing assignments, let’s explore the best laptops for remote education.
A common sight on college campuses, this workhorse will help you accomplish any sized task — whether you’re producing videos or just writing an assignment.
The latest version is available in 13 or 16-inches, all with retina display, a Touch Bar, and a fingerprint sensor, up to a 2.3GHz Intel i9 processor, 16GB RAM, 1TB SSD storage, and four Thunderbolt 3 ports. You’ll also get access to Apple’s remote learning resources.
A more lightweight macOS option which could be excellent for students that need a device powerful enough for remote study applications and video conferencing, but is even more portable than the MacBook Pro.
The MacBook Air weighs only 2.8 pounds. It comes standard with up to a 1.1GHz quad-core 10-generation Intel i5 processor, 8GB RAM, 512GB SSD storage, two Thunderbolt 3 ports, and Intel Iris Plus graphics.
Chromebooks–for the budget-conscious
In recent years, Google’s Chromebook has become increasingly popular due to its portability and ability to complete basic tasks on the road. Now more than ever, this device is being used by students and teachers around the country for distance learning and remote teaching, respectively.
By definition, a Chromebook is a laptop that runs the Chrome OS operating system. With or without a Chromebook, you’ll have access to Google’s remote education resources.
Microsoft Windows Laptops
If you aren’t a Mac fan and can’t get everything you need to be done with a Chromebook, you simply can’t beat a Windows Laptop rental when it comes to remote education and productivity.
When compared to a Chromebook, it simply offers more–more apps, more video and photo editing options, better browser choices, more productivity programs, more hardware options, more types of file support, and MUCH more hardware options.
If you’re comfortable living in the cloud and you need a simple, secure environment a Chromebook may suit you just fine. However, if you need versatility and MORE power, Windows 10 reigns supreme.
Remote Learning Rentals with Rentacomputer.com
Are you looking to equip your students, teachers, and/or faculty with remote learning devices? You’ll have peace of mind in knowing Rentacomputer.com has provided remote learning rentals to a number of school districts during these difficult times. If you’re interested in having remote learning devices delivered to your teachers, staff, and students during the coronavirus outbreak, Rentacomputer.com and our Tech Travel Agents like Randy Moore can help equip your institution of learning with the necessary devices and technical support to keep the school year running smoothly.
Rentacomputer.com has a large stock of equipment that is ready to deliver that includes laptops, iPads, tablets, smartphones, WiFi hotspots, teleconferencing equipment, and more. Not only can we deliver your rentals, but we also offer custom configuration and setup so you know everything is in working order.
Furthermore, Randy can answer any questions you have about office equipment rentals–in any capacity, for any type of office. Contact Randy today at 1-800-736-8772 ext. 225 or fill out a fast, easy online quote form. You can also connect with Randy on LinkedIn!
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