Laptops take over the classrooms
The use of technology at school has recently
been integrated as a tool for students to use in
the classroom. When students first received
the tablets they were great. The tablets allowed
students to check emails, work on homework
that required a computer and lessened the
paper consumption at school.
The tablets were a win for the students until the tablets became problematic in the classrooms both
technically and because of games.
The keyboards on the tablets are also extremely small and hard to type notes on. This slows down the
process of typing notes extensively.
After the first year of tech use at school students realized how un-advantageous the tablets really
were. The word processor Polaris on the ASUS tablets is very limited in what a student can do when it
comes to typing and formatting of a paper.
Some other tablet problems are that they are not very durable. I have heard many horror stories of
what happened to students tablets like shattered screens and keyboards malfunctioning. By the end
of the first year tablets were used for nothing more that just games.
Another issue that many tablet users have is having the tablet turn off unexpectedly.
The battery life on the tablet, unlike the laptops, are very short. Students are always asking to charge
their tablets during class which can become a nuisance to teachers when trying to teach a lesson.
The only way students could substitute these awful tablets is to bring their own personal laptop.
The age of the laptops is coming. More and more students are bring their own computers because
they cannot get any work done at school with the tablets. Many of these laptops consist of Macs and
Laptops allow students to have all of there personal files and school files all in one place with out
having to transfer file from one to the other. Students feel much more comfortable using their
personal laptops because it is what they use at home so why not use it at school.
Bringing a personal laptop also comes with risk. There is a chance that it could get damaged, but I
would take that chance over the frustration of using the school tablets.
Between the tablets glitching every other class and the very limited uses of the tablets which is why
laptops are much more prominent in classrooms these days.
The reason students are taking advantage of being able to bring their laptops is because the tablets
that are provided by the school are very limited in the way students can use them during class.
Laptops are overall a better tool for the classrooms.
The tablets have done their job in integrating technology into the school classrooms but now its time
for the personal laptops to take over.
Laptops at school are the way to go. The tablet age is over and students are starting to replace tablets
with their personal laptops.
With tablets slowly leaving the classrooms maybe the school will invest in higher quality tablets that
will last longer and have more applications that will allow students to use them smarter and more
Students stay loyal to the tablets
Tablets have been a crucial tool for the
classroom environment here at school. Being
one of the first private schools to incorporate
technology in the classroom is a huge step for
the St. Thomas community.
There is a reason the school gave us our
tablets. The administration looked carefully at
all the options before choosing the tablets each class currently uses.
The school provides us with a device that is fit to our needs, so why do so many kids choose to bring
their own device to school?
The new tablet given to the freshmen and sophomores are brand-new. They can be written on, and
although getting used to the tablets was a tough task for the IT staff, they now have things running
The old tablet is no booby prize. It has touch-screen capabilities, and its small size can actually work
in your advantage. The desks here at school are not big enough to fit both a book and a laptop;
however, there is plenty of space for a book if the student uses a tablet.
Staying out of trouble is already hard enough. The new tablets can help you check yourself before you
wreck yourself. One of the leading reasons students get detentions is misuse of their tablets. The
tablets used by the freshmen and sophomores do not allow you to play games or go to non-
While many people criticize being restricted as to how they can use their tablets, they must appreciate
their grades rising. Whether or not students like the new rule with the new tablets, it is helping to
improve the learning environment around school.
Laptops are not handed out by the school. This is clearly shown by the level of maintenance required
to keep a laptop up to date with the school’s programs and software updates.
Laptops, unlike the tablets, are not touch screen. This can be annoying when trying to give a
presentation or doing anything that requires mobility. For example, you can check the PowerPoint for
a test on the way to class with your tablet. On the contrary, the laptop would be in danger of falling
Breaking your tablet or laptop is a horrible experience, regardless of what device you use. Although,
wrecking a laptop is more expensive.
If you destroy your tablet, it is not that big of a deal. You have already paid the warranty that
guarantees you will not have to pay more than a hundred dollars.
On the other hand, fixing or replacing a laptop can cost hundreds, even thousands of dollars.
While on the subject of prices, the tablet is the much thriftier option. It can do everything a laptop can
do, but the tablet costs less than half than the laptop.
All in all, the tablet is the better option. It is more versatile and helps improve focus. Also, it is better
connected, more durable, and less expensive.
Some people in the outside world prefer a laptop. While this opinion has its values, you must
remember that you are at St. Thomas. These tablets were picked for this school specifically by the