It’s been a whirlwind couple of years, and while Covid has caused disruption to businesses and our lives, it has also changed the way we educate our kids to some extent. More and more schools are moving to online learning platforms to support their in class teaching, and some parents even decided to keep their children at home permanently and home school after the pandemic peak started to decline.
This article will show you exactly what you need to give your child a good education when they are learning at home.
What Do I Need?
The first thing you’re going to need are good resources. If your child is simply doing homework or additional study at home, their school should generally provide most of the resources they need. However, if you are opting to home school on a more permanent basis, then there are many resources available online (many of them free) that will help you deliver the best education you can from home.
The next thing you will need is a good tablet for online schooling. There are lots of options on the market for tablets, and the first thing you need to decide is if you would prefer to go down the Apple route or the Android route.
In general, Apple tablets are user friendly, great quality and have a fantastic range of apps. However, they can be very expensive in comparison to android devices. This is primarily because Apple is the only manufacturer of iPads, whereas android devices are made by multiple suppliers.
The downside of android devices is there are a lot of Chinese non branded tablets on the market which have a lower performance level than their branded counterparts. Therefore you want to try and ensure you get a device that is either a reputable brand or from a reputable retailer. Android devices also have a lot of great accessories which are cheap, whereas Apple branded accessories, even chargers, can be extremely expensive.
Software wise, the android software is a little less user friendly than iPad, but once you get used to it, it’s fairly straight forward. Apple devices very rarely get bugs or hardware, whereas android devices are slightly more susceptible to malware attacks, so this is something else to bear in mind. For browsing purposes, both devices will give you a fairly seamless experience, and allow you to do basic research and online assessments.
A lot of the time, the difference between android and Apple devices is based on personal preference, but provided you have chosen a good quality device, you will likely find both will deliver the needs of a school aged child.
Most tablets either work on the android or Apple operating systems, much of which is based on personal preference, however, there are some points to consider, budget being the main one. The price of both tablets and accessories and much more expensive for Apple devices. For basic browsing and schooling, an android device could potentially be a better option. It will still do what you need it to do, and in addition you won’t be as concerned about breakages.