Throwback Episode: Choosing a Tablet for Homeschooling – WHS 198

Choosing a Tablet for Homeschooling


Choosing a tablet for homeschooling can sometimes feel overwhelming. In this throwback episode, I’ll talk about the 7 things you need to know when choosing a tablet for homeschooling.

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7 Things to Consider When Buying a Tablet for Homeschooling

  1. Purpose – Consider how you want to use the device. Will it be only for a single purpose or do you want something more versatile?
  2. Storage – Do you want expandable storage? Will you be installing a lot of apps or downloading movies? Most Android tablets have expandable storage but how it can be used varies among devices.
  3. Usage – Tablets are typically designed for one person. Will you share? Sharing is easier with Android and Microsoft.
  4. Size – 7-inch screen or 10-inch screen (Kindle Fire falls between). Younger kids find the larger icons of a 10 inch tablet easier to manipulate but teens will have no problems with a 7 inch tablet.
  5. Battery life – Most tablets get about 10 hrs of use from their battery but larger screens generally mean shorter battery life.
  6. Wi-fi only or cellular? Having a cellular connection makes it more convenient to get connected to the Internet but increases the cost significantly because not only are you paying for the additional hardware but the data plan too.
  7. Cost – Don’t forget to check for refurbished models. Refurbished iPads cost $50-$100 less but come with the same warranty.

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