Which Laptop?



 

Using a laptop for learning

Using a laptop for learning

Using a laptop for learning

Using a laptop for learning

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 7 or above while others will prefer an Apple Mac Book Pro.

We have learnt 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.

Minimum Specifications

Using a laptop for learning

Top 5 List

Here is a list of the top five things you should consider when buying a laptop for school.

  1. Price. A portable computer is more susceptible to loss and damage than a desktop computer so don't choose a very expensive model.
  2. Features. Wireless enabled, USB ports, long battery life, comfortable touch pad.
  3.  Warranty. A service agreement with a local company will give you peace of mind and maximise your 'up' time.
  4. Software. An internet browser, antivirus protection and suite of office programs is a must. See the 'software' button on the left of this page for more information.
  5. Size and strength. Light enough to carry around school yet strong enough to last for many years.

Using a laptop for learning

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.

Using a laptop for learning

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).