A helpful grandma wants to know if she made the right choice to help out her grandkids. She writes: “What tablet do you recommend for school? I bought my grandchildren the voyager2 7″ tablet. With WiFi. ages 10 and 12. to do their homework on. Hope this will be the right one. It is a RCA product. Thank you so much for your help.”
The tablet you purchased should probably work fine. But when thinking about purchasing a tablet for kids to use with schoolwork, here are some things you should consider.
First, check with their teacher to find out what he or she suggests. Many schools these days actually include a tablet as part of tuition /school supplies, so a lot of kids are already covered. Find out what kind of operating system they use and school and what kind of educational apps and programs.
If they are using an iPad or a Chromebook or a Windows PC at school, using a similar operating system and apps at home could assist in their learning.
Also, if there are certain programs or websites, they need to access for their lessons, you want to make sure the device you choose can run those programs or work with that site.
Also, what type of smartphone, tablet or PC do their parents use at home? If they don’t own their own devices yet, they have likely used their parents’. This is probably the type of operating system they are most familiar with.
If tablets aren’t part of the daily curriculum yet in school, they may be incorporated in later grades, so you might ask whether they use iPads or Android, or Chromebooks later on.
If you aren’t familiar with a Chromebook, it looks very much like a laptop, but it is really more of an Internet appliance like a tablet.
Your inexpensive Voyager Android tablet should be adequate for your grandchildren’s needs. A more expensive device such as an iPad might be faster and probably will have a longer lifespan, but since you’re giving this tablet to kids, going with the less expensive model isn’t a bad idea. You don’t want it to be a total disaster if it breaks.
If a child proves to be very responsible and careful with electronics, as he or she moves towards the end of high school, you might think about springing for a high-end item like an iPad or a Surface 3 that will serve the student into the college years.