Secondary students are required to have a laptop for their schoolwork which can be configured by the school for the school network. While this laptop can also be used at home for leisure activities it should primarily be thought of as a device for completing schoolwork.
So what kind of portable computer will best support students in their learning at Bangkok Patana School?
Older students will have probably formed a good idea about 'what works best for them'. Some will prefer a high powered TabletPC running Windows 8 while others will prefer an Apple Mac Book Pro.
We have learnt over the years that students are not able to complete their school work unless their laptop is of a certain standard so we have agreed on the following minimum specifications for laptops the students are required to provide.
* See also our Frequently Asked Questions
Here is a list of the top five things you should consider when buying a laptop for school.
Please note that the dimensions of the inside of school lockers are 70cm x 37cm x 29cm. This needs to be taken into consideration when choosing a laptop for school use.
If you are considering a Linux or Apple computer be aware that the current curriculum at Patana has developed around the PC platform.
A couple of subject areas use software for which there is no exact open source or Mac equivalent.
Students currently using Mac laptops have found Boot Camp and Parallels Desktop have allowed them to run Microsoft Windows. The school's IT Department however can only support Virtual Box for Mac (and only the Virtual Box that they provide).