Toys and games are sure to be on kids’ gift lists this holiday season. Many parents will hope to mix in something practical with all the fun, aiming to give a gift that can help children of any age do their best in school. With technology in common use in classrooms across the country, many parents will shop for laptops, notebooks or other devices that can help facilitate learning.
71% of Elementary school students
67% of middle school students
56% of high school students
Would like to use mobile devices in the classroom more than they do now….
(via 2014 Pearson Student Mobile Device Survey)
With the wide range of learning tasks students tackle daily, it’s important for parents to choose devices with maximum flexibility. Windows is the most commonly used operating system in the workplace and a vast library of educational materials are Windows compatible, so it makes sense for children to learn on Windows 8-enabled devices with Intel inside. Three types of devices stand out for parents looking for computing flexibility:
Smaller, lighter and more economical than full-sized laptops, today’s notebooks still pack a great deal of computing power in their compact frames. Products like the HP ProBook Notebook PC allow students to perform basic word-processing tasks, access online learning tools, and share notes and assignments with peers and teachers. Durable yet lightweight, their typical small size allows them to fit easily into backpacks and be used in classroom settings without taking up too much space.
With their versatile touchscreen interface, tablets inspire creativity and facilitate collaboration among students and educators. Teachers who use tablets in class are able to personalize lessons to appeal to the learning styles and interests of multiple students, rather than approaching a lesson as one size fits all. For younger students who have not yet mastered a keyboard, touchscreen tablets provide an easy way to accomplish tasks. Styles like the Dell Venue 11 can also feature handwriting recognition, making note-taking fast and easy for older students and helping younger pupils practice handwriting skills.
2 in 1s
For older students who do more typing, 2 in 1 devices like the Lenovo Yoga or Asus Transformer provide the convenience of a notebook and the flexibility of a tablet. These devices are lightweight with a touchscreen interface, like a tablet, but can be also used like a traditional laptop through a detachable, flippable or rotating keyboard. Having both functionalities within one device facilitates creativity, note-taking and collaboration.
Not sure which of these device types might best suit your student’s needs? Consult with your child’s teacher. In many classrooms across the country, teachers are already using technology in their lessons. Your child’s teacher may be able to advise you on what type of device would best mesh with what he or she is already using in the classroom.
What sort of educational gifts are you looking to buy the kids in your life this season? Do you believe that educational tech gifts make the best gifts for kids or are traditional gifts more up your alley? Share your thoughts below.
Buying A Tablet Gift This Year? Discover What’s Inside Your Tablet That Really Matters [Infographic]November 26th, 2014 by Tech Staff
Black Friday Shopping is upon us! When shopping for tablets, screen size is important, but it’s what’s inside that really matters, especially in the way you plan to use the tablet. Not all tablets are created equal. Most tablets are great for work and play on the go, but when it comes to finding out which tablet is really suited best for your specific needs, there’s a lot more than price and size that you need to consider. Check out the four things you should carefully consider before deciding on the perfect tablet for you.
Since Black Friday Shopping is single-handedly the biggest shopping day of the year, now is the perfect time to find the best tablet for you! It’s no wonder why major retailers are doing their best to wrangle shoppers in with tempting deals available as early as Thanksgiving day. We’ve searched countless circulars, frequent shopper emails and my favorite destination for all things Black Friday Shopping and found some of the best Black Friday shopping deals from Best Buy, Target and more worth every moment of camping out and waiting in line for HERE.
Now that you’re aware of many options and features that most tablets provide, you can easily shop the best Black Friday Deals in search for the perfect tablet for you (or that special person on your gift list) and make an educated shopping decision.
Last week in New York City, Samsung unleashed it’s flagship tablet – the Samsung Galaxy S. Both the the Samsung Galaxy Tab S 8.4 and the Samsung Galaxy Tab S 10.5 boasts stunning displays and content partnerships that’ll give you the best of both visual worlds.
The Galaxy Tab S offers 4 million pixel “Quad HD” boasts stunning 1440 pixel display. That means more brilliant color, higher saturation and better contrast quality.
However, if you’re a current iPad user, you may be wondering if the new Samsung Galaxy S Tab lives up to the hype when paired side by side. Discover what makes the new Samsung Galaxy Tab S stand out in color below.
Still looking for hard core specs to consider if the Samsung Galaxy S Tab is right for you? Check out photos from the #TheNextGalaxy preview event plus side by side comparisons with the Samsung Galaxy S Tab vs Apple iPad below.
The Galaxy Tab S embodies the next evolution in mobile display technology, delivering a wider range of rich and crisp colors. Its industry-leading WQXGA (2560×1600, 16:10) Super AMOLED display delivers more than 90% of Adobe RGB color coverage – expressing more colors than ever before – and has a remarkable 100,000:1 contrast ratio which provides deeper and more realistic images by making blacks darker and whites brighter.
Check out more first experience photos from #TheNextGalaxy NYC premiere event below.
If you were skeptical about getting a tablet, now might be the time. What’s’ better than getting a tablet? Getting accessories to go with it! It’s not always easy to buy accessories after shelling out money for a tablet. Check out this special deal that Samsung has for their popular Samsung Galaxy Tab 10.1 tablet. They have a student edition
What does a Samsung Galaxy Tab 2 10.1 Student Edition Include?
The Galaxy Tab 2 10.1 Student Edition includes a
– Samsung Galaxy Tab 2 10.1,
– Desktop Dock and
– Bluetooth® Keyboard
Benefits of Getting a Samsung Galaxy Tab 2 10.1 Student Edition:
– You have the option of getting it in white. (It looks really pretty). The bluetooth keyboard is a must-have accessory. It helps on those days when you need more than a tablet. As you may have realized by use of your phone. With a tablet you can share and create documents easily. Something we do often in school.
– A great feature is Polaris office which helps you create, lookover and edit documents.
– Miss your fave show while studying or in class, you can catch up with them on Hulu Plus. That’s another great benefit of the Samsung Galaxy Student Edition bundle; 3 months of Hulu Plus.
– The biggest plus of this student package is one year of free 50 GB Dropbox storage. School or not, we could all use that!
– By pairing the Galaxy Tab 2 10.1 with the included Desktop Dock and the Bluetooth® Keyboard, students can experience the functionality of a laptop, without having to lug a laptop around from class to class.
– The Desktop Dock allows students to conveniently charge their Galaxy Tab 2 10.1 at their desk while working or playing, and the ultra slim Bluetooth® Keyboard enables fast and accurate typing.
– Lose the remote in your room? You can even control the TV with the Smart Remote and built-in IR blaster!
Students can use the Galaxy Tab 2 10.1 10-inch screen to watch TV shows and movies on Samsung Media Hub or explore apps on Google Play.
If You Don’t Want To Buy It Online, You Can Buy the Samsung Galaxy Tab 2 Student Edition Here:
The Galaxy Tab 2 10.1 Student Edition went on sale beginning July 21 for just $349.99 – more than $100 in savings when you consider buying the built-in content separately! You can buy it at
- Best Buy,
- Toys ‘R’ Us,
- P.C. Richard & Son and
- Office Max.
For more information on the Galaxy Tab 2 10.1, please visit www.samsung.com.
*Three months free of Hulu Plus is available to new Hulu Plus customers only
BIG NEWS for you tablet lovers! Now in stores, consumers can get their hands on the newly announced Galaxy Tab 3 portfolio from Samsung, allowing shoppers to choose from three unique devices to find the tablet best suited for their personal lifestyle needs. Whether reading an e-book, engaging on social networks, or allowing the kids to play games, the Galaxy Tab 3 portfolio has something for everyone.
The 7-inch, 8-inch and 10.1-inch Galaxy tablets offer a range of screen sizes and a suite of experiences built for a broader set of individual and family preferences, making this lineup of tablets ideal for both home and on-the-go uses.
This newest family comes in two color options – White and a unique Gold Brown. The Galaxy Tab 3 7.0, 8.0 and 10.1 are available for purchase from nationwide major retailers such as Best Buy/Best Buy Mobile, Amazon, Wal-Mart, h.h. Gregg, Office Depot, Toys ‘R’ Us, P.C. Richard & Son, Fry’s, Newegg, Sears and Samsung.com. The Galaxy Tab 3 portfolio will be priced at $199, $299 and $399, respectively.
In addition, each of the devices in the Galaxy Tab 3 family comes with added value through pre-loaded content and Galaxy Perks available at www.samsung.com/us/galaxyperks
Looking for the next best thing is no longer a wish for many smart mobile users looking for the device that’ll do-it-all. Following a trend started with the Galaxy Note II, the Galaxy Note 10.1® features the advanced S Pen™stylus. Business professionals can take notes during meetings with handwriting-to-text capabilities, and drawing tools to jot down plans. Notes can be saved and shared over 4G LTE with coworkers and clients.
Students can use the multiscreen feature to view two apps at once by splitting the screen. For example, users can read a news article while taking notes or watch a video while replying with feedback. (Looking for a few of unique multitasking features using the Note? Check them out HERE.)
For photo editing, the Galaxy Note 10.1® runs Adobe® Photoshop® Touch. Combined with the S Pen™, building visual effects, such as layering, blending and filters, can be used by designers to show drafts or mock-ups to potential clients. Users can combine and manipulate images creatively with the S Pen™, then upload work to the cloud using 4G LTE to access their portfolio just about anywhere.
Watching television with a second screen has become second nature for many. For TV fans, the Galaxy Note 10.1® features the Smart Remote, powered by Peel, to turn the tablet into a universal remote control. The tablet can control an entire home entertainment system and even recommend programs.
What is the Microsoft Surface?
Haven’t you heard? Microsoft has launched its first tablet – Surface is what they call it and just like other tablets on the market it comes in a few flavors – Surface Windows RT and Surface Windows 8 Pro.
The Surface Windows RT was launched October 2012, and the Surface Windows 8 Pro will launch near the end of January 2013. Yes, these two tablets are identical in its sleek styling, durability, detachable keyboard, kickstand, front facing camera and social media and networking features. The sales and reviews for the RT version were not that great due to the omission of one key component buyers where looking for – Microsoft Office. Windows RT sold just 1 million tablets since its release in October. In comparison, the iPad sold 3 million tablets its first 3 days on the market. However, the high-end Windows 8 version as garnered much praised and it’s not even available yet. Why? Let’s compare the two.
|Starting Price||$499 Surface Windows RT||$899 Surface Windows 8 Pro|
|Operating Systems||Runs Windows RT – best for mobile computing with tablets.||Runs Windows 8, uses Windows desktop applications and integrates with enterprise infrastructure.|
|Stylus Pen||n/a||Standard with Stylus Pen|
|CPU||Quad-core NVDIA Tegra 3 2GB RAM||Intel Core i5 Processor with Intel HD Graphics 4000, 4GB RAM|
|Cloud Computing||SkyDrive, Xbox Music||SkyDrive, Xbox Music|
|Productivity||Microsoft Office Home, Student 2013 RT Preview (Word, PowerPoint, Excel, OneNote), joy of Xbox||Microsoft Office Outlook, Word, SharePoint Designer, PowerPoint and more.|
|Connections/Slots||Full size USB port, microSD card slot, HD video out port||Full size USB port, microSD card slot, HD video out port|
|Storage||32gb, 64gb||64gb, 128gb|
|Screen||10.6in, 1366 x 768||10.6in, 1920 x 1080|
|Interoperability||Can download software and apps from the Windows Store||Can download software and apps from the Windows Store and add software that are not Windows based.|
The big differences between these two tablets is the storage space, the size and screen quality, the powerful CPU, and full Microsoft Office applications installed on the Surface Windows 8 Pro. Also, the added benefit of adding non-Microsoft products is a plus. Tell a diva – which would you buy?
We checked out the Surface and other Microsoft goodies a while back, check out our Microsoft Times Square visit below…
As the tech savvy matriarch of the family, I find it important to keep my nieces & nephews on top of the latest tech trends and new releases. However, I’m still deciding if I’m more of a fan of smartphone/tablet use as entertainment vs education for children – check out a few facts below…
Many parents seem to think gadgets don’t just keep kids occupied — they can also help them grow and learn. 77% of parents think tablets are beneficial to kids, and 77% think they help develop creativity, according to Schools.com’s findings. More than a quarter of parents have downloaded apps for their kids. The top genres? Fun, at 46%; education, at 42%; and creative, at 28%.
Are you a tech-heavy parent raising tech-heavy kids? Do you think smartphones and tablets do more to help or hurt the development of kids today? Sound off below.