There’s no denying the rapid influx of technology in our world–screens and devices have invaded every corner of our lives whether we like it or not. The preschool classroom included. According to a recent survey done by Northwestern University, more than half of all preschool teachers use tablet computers in the classroom, a number that doubled from a survey done just two years prior.
But with so many choices out there, which are the best, affordable devices for use in a preschool, childcare, or camp setting? We’ve done some research and internal testing here at brightwheel, and have a few recommendations for both tablets and mobile devices.
Aside from price, the most important feature criteria to consider include:
- Screen size vs. mobility (i.e. tablet vs. mobile phone)
- Operating system: Check out our app in the Apple app store or Google Play store to see the oldest versions we support
- Memory space: not that brightwheel does NOT store images and videos on your device in order to save space
- Camera quality: we recommend a minimum of 5MP
Tablets are a great choice, especially when used as a check-in kiosk. A few tablets we recommend:
These retina display devices have super 8 MP cameras and are super compact; Pretty pricey in the $300-$500 range depending on the model.
This is a solid choice from Asus. 5 MP camera; Can find for less than $150, and some sales for less than $100.
This tablet has average handle and UI with an 5MP camera. Offered at 2 sizes priced between $118 – $168.
Our top recommended choice at $100, also has 10 hours of battery life.
Although a lot of schools do lean towards tablets, we often recommend mobile devices for in-class use because you can easily use brightwheel and quickly put it away. In this case, you wouldn’t actually need to use the phone functionality; you can just put it on wi-fi.
A popular choice in the classroom for Apple fans, the 8 MP camera is amazing. Options ranging from 16 to 128 GB, with the latest models priced between $199 and $399.
For more affordable options, these are our Android phone recommendation, balancing quality and cost:
This one handles quite well with solid UI. 5 MP camera, can find for less than $100.
A real bargain, but a solid camera. Priced at less than $70.
This would also be a good time to mention that here at brightwheel we have worked tirelessly to build a platform that makes teachers lives easier, streamlining their processes, allowing them more time to engage with kids.
Brightwheel is a free, easy-to-use app for preschools, daycares, and families. Download it today and get started!