These devices are the market leaders for tablets(£400). They have a fantastic interface, a multitude of educational apps and they are intuitive to use as highlighted in this article about their use in an Edinburgh school.
At the moment, the management of these devices does have some issues. They are not designed to be shared and require frequent ‘syncing’ . They are also linked to an apple ‘account’ and you need to carefully consider how many accounts you use and how they are allocated.
Android tablets are the main other alternative to iPads and their market share is increasing all the time. They are generally cheaper than iPads and also have many apps but the app store is not regulated so the apps can be of varying quality. The Toshiba tablets (AT-100 and
can be purchased whith management software which controls which apps and websites pupils can use.
Notebooks are just small laptops that are very affordable. The disadvantage is that they are not very powerful so in a couple of years they may run slowly and the small keyboards can be unsuitable for older pupils or large amounts of typing.
The difference in price between Laptops and Desktops has reduced considerably in recent years in terms of performance and price. Macbooks are more expensive but they remove the need for anti virus software
Ultrabooks are the latest generation of lightweght ultra thin laptops which are currently expensive
Chromebooks are provided by Google and allow you to access the internet 8 seconds after you switch them on. They include on-line technical support and a break fix contract for either £15 per month over 3 years or a 1 year deal at £350 each. They can only be used for on-line resources.