Teaching is like any profession around us, all are changing and technology adaption has the biggest share of that change. As a teacher nowadays, you need to work smarter than harder.
There are a lot of things you can do to stay up-to-date and raise their productivity, with much less effort.
One of these very smart things you can do to get the most of the technology revolution is to add the laptop to your profession gears. Using a laptop is great for you, but as a teacher you might not be aware of what laptop you should pick and here in this guide, we will give you a quick guide on how to pick the.
Let’s go to the specifications part right away:
You can’t pick a laptop without having the important ports, you will need the HDMI/VGA ports to use bigger external monitors when needed, so this port is a must for you as a teacher. You will also need all the USB port types for connecting various devices, like the mouse, USB storage, and wireless data presenter. The LAN network port is needed badly, as you will need to connect to local networks to get some services dedicated to your local school like local network file access. These are the most important ports you may need, so don’t miss any of them.
For you the preferred laptops are the 15.6” laptops, the big screen makes everything clear enough for you, you will be able to see the tiny details clearly. You will not like going for 17” laptops as they are heavy to carry with you everywhere you go. And you will not like the 12” laptops as you will be zooming a lot in most of the applications, which will make you lose your time and ruining your user experience. Another thing you should consider is you need for data entry, these data you will enter will include numbers, like students marks and records, and when selecting the 15.6” laptop you will guarantee that it will be one of the, which is missed in most 14” laptops and also missed in smaller sizes.
You should select a laptop that has a built-in HD cam, all the laptops include them these days, but not all are equipped with HD ones. You will use it in online conferences, meetings, and when you try to provide courses online, it will help you a lot in all means. You will be able to record these course sessions and upload them where you want with high resolutions.
You should go for Solid-State Drives (SSD), as it is the fastest technology now. You will notice a huge boot and performance difference using it. They are expensive a little bit, but you can avoid raising the cost by having 256 SSD for the system and additional HDD for additional file storage. Otherwise, get the HDD alternative but don’t miss that it should support the upgrade for the SSD in the future when needed. Honestly, the experience of using SSD drives is not comparable to HDD. Once you use the SSD drives you can’t go back.
These are all the specifications you will use as a teacher, you might have other needs, and want to add some more features, but these are the common ones for most of the teachers. So, we came to an end of this post and I hope that this post is of help to you.