The specifications outlined below are to be used as a guide only. The most important feature to look for when purchasing a device is the wireless connectivity.
A device specification sheet can be accessed by clicking on the link below:
Device Specification (pdf 98 KB)
The DEC wireless network installed in high schools only operates on the 802.11n 5GHz standard.
The NSW Department of Education has a 5GHz (n) wireless network that uses a full range of channels. Will your device connect on all channels in the 5GHz range?"
Devices must have the specifications 5 GHz 802.11n, 5 GHz 802.11abgn or 802.11ac.
Please ensure there is a return policy from your chosen vendor in case there is a need to return the device.
One low cost alternative to tablets is the Chromebook. It is a laptop with an 11 inch screen that runs the Chrome OS for under $400. The devices includes a full size keyboard. Apps can be obtained from the Chrome store. For the majority of classroom actvities, this would have sufficient power. It does, however, struggle with some of the more creative tasks such as video editing.
If video editing is required then a class would make use of the more powerful computers in one of HHS's computer laboratories.
Flash is a browser plugin and many websites rely on flash. Difficulty may be expected using iPads as some websites will not work because they use flash. This may limit the learning outcomes a student can achieve during a lesson.
Due to the lack of flash support, and the fact that the virtual keyboard takes up a large portion of the screen, iPads are not a recommended device. The Heathcote High School library has a set of iPads should a teacher require these devices for teaching and learning.