What type of device would you choose?

Ok so I have a list of all the obvious types of hand held devices that would be suitable for the classroom. I have some thoughts about which would be best, but in the interest of exploring as many options as possible I would like to get some other informed opinions.

Please can you vote in the poll below and indicate which type of device you would choose for use in a secondary classroom? I’m interested in a wide range of opinions, so please vote even if you don’t work in a secondary school.

I would also appreciate any comments about why you would choose the device or experience you have with them. It would be great to get as many opinions as possible, so please retweet etc.

Thank you!

Which device would you choose for student use in the classroom?

  • iPod Touch (34%, 11 Votes)
  • iPad (31%, 10 Votes)
  • Netbook (19%, 6 Votes)
  • Android based tablet (13%, 4 Votes)
  • Other (please state in comments) (3%, 1 Votes)
  • Sony PSP (0%, 0 Votes)
  • Nintendo DS (0%, 0 Votes)
  • Kindle / other eBook reader (0%, 0 Votes)

Total Voters: 32

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  • Max

    I voted for the iPod touch just because i’m most familiar with it. Someday, someone needs to get Nspire-like linked representations into an iPod Touch app. When it has good spreadsheets, linked representations, and geometer’s sketchpad, I think I’ll throw out my laptop!

    • http://classroomtech.org.uk Tim Dolan

      Thanks for your input Max. I guess you teach Maths (like me). Have you used iPod touches with students? Do you know of any good apps for secondary Maths? I’d be interested in any experience you have.

      • Max

        I haven’t used touches with students. I used Nspire handhelds for a little while and like what they can do. Am not in my own classroom anymore, so I don’t get to play as much as I’d like.

  • Tibon007

    I chose Netbooks because our district runs PC and teachers will make an easier transition to having Netbooks rather than Ipod touch.

    • http://classroomtech.org.uk Tim Dolan

      Thank you for your thoughts. That is something I haven’t thought about. We use Windows as well, but I’m not sure it would be a big transition. The iPod touch is suppose to be fairly easy to use I think.

      On the other hand it is supposed to be more reliable to sync the iPod with a Mac than with Windows, so that could be an issue.

  • http://dougbelshaw.com Doug Belshaw

    The difficulty is that you haven’t specified what you want to do with them. For example, if what you want to do requires a lot of text entry, then a netbook would be the obvious choice, if reading a lot of text, an e-reader (and so on).

    The what you want to do question is *much* more important than the how. :-)

    • http://classroomtech.org.uk Tim Dolan

      Thanks Doug. I was really wanting to get an idea of what people would choose if they were choosing (I probably should have made that clearer). I obviously have an idea of what I want to do with whichever device, but at this very early stage I am interested in getting an idea of peoples preference of device if they can only have one in a secondary classroom.

      Of course I agree that the ‘what’ is more important than the ‘how’ and that’s why I am trying to be as informed as possible about the different options for devices and the experience of those who have used them, so that I can then choose the best device (and apps, services, accessories etc) for what we want to be able to do in the classroom.

      I appreciate your input.

  • http://twitter.com/philmclear Phil McLear

    We have used many handheld devices in classrooms at Challenge CLC – mainly primary. IMHO the smaller the device, the less use it is for creation but they are all good for consuming. There are lots of apps available for maths from the istore but Apple has just changes its pricing policy which means installing loadsa apps on loadsa devices is now quite expensive. Android devices such as the LG GT540 Optimus are cheaper & have more functionality. The hope is that the ipod apps will also be available on Android but free or at least much cheaper.

  • http://twitter.com/philmclear Phil McLear

    I voted for the netbook as it gives greater functionality than the others for a price not much more than an ipod touch. IMHO the smaller the device the less it can be used for creativity but all devices are capable of being used for consuming. Ipods are fine but can’t be used for geocaching & similar activities ‘cos Apple forgot to add GPS! #fail. Also, Apple has forced users into a new pricing policy making loadsa apps on loadsa devices expensive. What about something like the LG GT540 Optimus which retails in the UK @ 2/3 the price of an ipod. Finally, asked the students what they already have in their pockets & utilise that.

    • http://classroomtech.org.uk Tim Dolan

      Thanks for your input Phil, some interesting points there for me to think about.

  • John Sengia

    I picked netbooks because devices like the iPod and iPad work best for one user only ( by how things are saved, setup, etc. ) Most devices will have to be used by multiple students throughout the day.

    • http://classroomtech.org.uk Tim Dolan

      Good point John. It is easier to use netbooks for multiple users. I suppose that means that the pros for using a device like the iPod or iPad would have to be strong to make it worth dealing with the hassle.

  • http://twitter.com/mtrump R. Michael Trump

    I would say iPad but seeing as it’s limited in several areas right now (camera, USB port), I had to go with Netbooks. They’re the most versatile.

  • http://tokoonline88.com/jam-catur/ Iklanbarisonline1

    I prefer netbook since it’s more popular then others. The price within our range too. So it won’t be too difficult for us to count the cost.

  • http://tokoonline88.com/jam-catur/ Jam Catur

    I won’t choose iPad since there is a license problem in my country. So I will choose Netbook or Android based tablet.

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