Today there are a myriad of devices for schools that range from those that are good at doing just one thing to those that promise to do everything. It’s confusing to know which one to choose given your school’s budget, educational goals and existing technology investments.

In an era when schools are asked to do more with less, school administrators really want to make sure new devices meet the needs of students and drive positive educational outcomes. Schools should ask themselves “What do we want to accomplish with the device?”. The answer usually includes schools wanting a device where students can consume digital content, easily take and share notes, create presentations and write papers, plug in an array of peripherals like microscopes, take a tough and rugged school environment and (oh, by the way) be less than £400.

Students need to be prepared for life skills they’ll take into higher education and their career. Do the devices prepare them for the creative and collaborative workforce they’ll ultimately join? Will the devices be more distraction than instruction? Do the devices run the software necessary to crunch data, write papers, edit photos and tie it all together in a presentation? 

There’s a lot to think about. In an attempt to help, we’ve narrowed down ten important considerations schools should make when purchasing new devices.

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How are you currently managing the decision making around device selection within your institution? I would love to hear your experiences and ideas in the comments below. Thanks in advance!

Tim