How to choose a tablet for schoolwork

Find out why a tablet could be perfect for home schooling.

05 Jan 2021

It hasn't been a great start to 2021, with a third national lockdown now upon us. And with schools closed, it's going to be especially tough for parents that now need to do home schooling, The good news is that tech can help, and tablets are great for schoolwork.

So, if your child (big or small) needs something for learning at home - and at school or college, when lockdown's just a bad memory - you can look beyond a laptop and think tablet. There are plenty of options, depending on what your little learner needs it for.

 

For essays and other coursework

If it's all about getting words on a page, you'll want to make sure their new tablet has word processing software.

Tablets aren't necessary the easiest to type long essays on, which is why it might be a a good idea to add a wireless keyboard for easy typing. And because they're lighter than laptops, your budding author can take it anywhere to write - even if that's just out to the garden!

Essential apps:

Pages – Apple’s word processor is a great tool for straightforward document creation. Prefer Word? No problem – just download it from the App store.

Microsoft Office for Android tablets - a great Android option. Get it from the Google Play Store.

 

For revising

Hands up who likes revision... see? Not many. But the right tech can make a revision sesh seem less daunting. Go for great screen quality and vibrant colour, and even the most easily distracted should be able to keep their eyes front and centre.

Essential software:

Try Pomodoro or Study Plan. Both are easy to download from Google Play.

Ever heard of eResearching?

There's more to eBooks than the latest page turner. There are loads of digital textbooks that let the kids keep researching long after lessons have ended, and quite a few even have interactive quizzes to have some fun with. All you need to do is download them onto your tablet, and let the kids start swiping those pages!

Essential software:

AceReader is great for eResearch - especially if you're looking to speed read.

 

How do I know how much internal memory they need?

If you’re not sure of much internal memory your child will need for all their schoolwork throughout the year, here’s a rough guide:

1 GB of space will hold thousands of word documents, while a 2-hour movie will need around 3 GB (depending on how good the picture quality is). It totally depends on your child’s needs – an A-Level student saving plenty of essays and presentations will need more than a primary school child using a selection of apps.

Android devices can have less memory than Apple products but – should you need more space – you can add a microSD card.

 

Why choose a tablet for schoolwork?

  • Tablets are far lighter than your average laptop, so they your kid can take them to their favourite learning place at home. They'll also pop snugly into a backpack to be taken on-the-go..
  • Great sound quality makes apps like Spotify and YouTube a real study-break treat.
  • Use messaging apps like Skype or WhatsApp to collaborate on projects with friends… or double-check what page you need to be working on.
  • Is your child a budding artist or designer? Tablets have an intuitive and user-friendly design that makes them perfect virtual sketch pads.

Why not try:

samsung

The SAMSUNG Galaxy Tab S5e has a great 10.5-inch screen. Its 14.5 hour battery life means the kids can enjoy a little entertainment once their work is done and dusted, without being plugged in to the wall.. 128GB storage is a huge amount, giving them all the space they'll ever need for eBooks, learning apps and even videos. This laptop will always run smoothly thanks to its 6GB RAM, and it comes with a keyboard to tackle all those 'fun' essays.

If you’re on a tighter budget, the Huawei MediaPad T3 is another great tablet for schoolwork. The 9.6-inch display is big and bright, with enough room for doing plenty of work on. 16GB of storage space is more than enough for essential apps (and a few games), and parental controls let you manage exactly what content your kids can access.

Or why not go for an iPad? Because they're so popular, you can be pretty sure that most schools will support them - and a lot of teachers will have them too. iPads have all the best apps, and the new 10.2-inch iPad has a super-sharp Retina Display. Your kids will see every detail in everything they do - from writing essays to creating designs.

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