Laptops and Learning


Purchase and maintenance of computers is seriously burdening the schools’ budgets. Firstly, they need to make sure that every students has his own computer and secondly, they need to keep up with the changes in the ICT technology to provide their pupils with up-to-date technology. This in practice means replacement of school’s computers every three years. In order to keep the costs down and enable their students and teachers to take advantage of ICT technology, many schools are therefore replacing stationary computers with laptops.

Advantages of Laptops over Stationary Computers

Laptops offer several advantages over stationary computers. The main reasons why a growing number of schools is replacing classroom computers with laptops include:

Disadvantages of Laptop Use in Schools

Replacement of stationary computers with laptops offers more advantages than disadvantages. There are, however, a few challenges that should be addressed such as:

Tablets Vs Laptops

Tablets are attractive due to their lower cost, lesser vulnerability to undesirable applications and smaller size which makes them ideal for kids. But they are more vulnerable to damage due to lack of built-in keyboard and are generally less suitable for computing tasks.