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BYOD: Does my child need a Chromebook, iPad or Windows device?

Posted by Brad Dargusch on Feb 9, 2015 9:30:00 AM

This is a Microsoft-sponsored post. All opinions are the Author's.

Windows 8, and soon Windows 10, are full-function Operating Systems allowing you to use the one device for ALL your requirements. ChromeOS and iPad iOS can meet some of your requirements, but not all.


Windows 8 v iOS on iPad

Here are 6 things that an iPad cannot do that might be important in your child's classroom:


  • Desktop, Java and Flash Applications: Windows 8 allows to have full access to the FULL range of content available on the web.
  • Full remote support from IT: Windows 8 has a large range of features built in to allow full management, deployment and support of the device.
  • Works with many USB peripherals: Allows connection of a vast range of peripherals to the Windows 8 device including interactive whiteboards and projectors, microscopes, printers, scanners , 3D printers, mice and keyboards, digitizers etc.
  • Multiple User Profiles: Multiple users can use the same device and each have their own protected area to store files, images etc.
  • Wide range of form factors and prices: Choice. You can get a windows 8 device from $250 through to $2500 depending on what you need to do and how you want to use it.
  • Side by Side Multitasking: Work on multiple applications at once. To be fair the latest release of iOS does support this but not all iPads can run the latest iOS. Windows 8 can be loaded on virtually ANY Intel x86 device (if it is very old it may not run too fast but it will still run J). Windows has had multitasking as a standard for a long time.


Windows 8 v ChromeOS


Here are 9 things that a Chromebook cannot do that may be important for your child's learning

  1.  Desktop Application Compatibility: Adobe creative cloud and lots of graphics application will not run on ChromeOS
  2.  Equal Access for Students: Vision and/or hearing impaired students are catered for by such applications as Magnifier (increase the size of the screen for visual impaired students) and Narrator (speaks the commands available)
  3. Printing via existing and future school infrastructure: Chrome requires a rejig to allow printing to occur via the cloud.
  4. Works well with limited bandwidth: No infrastructure upgrades.
  5. Network Bandwidth: ChromeOS is a cloud based application and as such, network traffic is much higher than Windows 8. Sure, the ChromeOS device can be significantly lower in cost but you need to weigh that up against your increased networking and data usage. Windows 8 uses up to 76.5x less network for editing documents and Chromebooks can create up to 692.2x more network traffic depending on the application you are using.
  6. Connect to a wide variety of peripherals: Allows connection of a vast range of peripherals to the Windows 8 device including interactive whiteboards and projectors, microscopes, printers, scanners, 3D printers, mice and keyboards, digitizers etc.
  7. Precise pen input: Windows 8 allows you to have an active digitizer for precise use of pen for delicate applications such as art and handwriting.
  8. A rich productivity experience: Microsoft Office – enough said.
  9. Privacy of District, Teacher and Student Data: No history of data mining for advertising. The information you create is yours.

Want to know more about how Windows 8 can enhance the learning experience for your students?

Contact us by clicking the button below. The Windows 8 Apps guide is also available on our Education Resources page for your review.


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Topics: BYOD, iPad, Windows 8, Microsoft in the Classroom, Chromebook

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