4 best tablets for homeschooling your children
Tablets may not be the first thing you think of in terms of helping with school work but with the growing popularity of virtual classes and parents having to homeschool their kids, the demand for tablets has skyrocketed.
There’s a lot to consider if you choose to purchase a tablet for your child. With educational and entertainment benefits, a tablet can be a helpful gadget for child development, if used in moderation.
But, first things first let’s talk about what a tablet is and what makes it different from a regular computer.
A tablet is a flat, thin, mobile computer that is designed with a touchscreen display and runs on a rechargeable battery. It usually comes with pre-installed apps that perform a variety of tasks that you can customize by adding apps that fit your needs. There are three different types of tablets that readily come to mind namely Android, Kindle, and Apple.
Android tablets run on Google’s operating system. This means that they integrate Google’s cloud-based technology, such as Gmail, Youtube, Google Maps, Google Books, Google Talk, and Google Chrome. They also include standard tablet-fare such as games and apps (with 2.1 million apps in the Google Play Store, Android tablets have the most variety).
Apple tablets like the iPad, have 2 million apps in the Apple App Store just like Android but most of them aren’t free. However, Apple also has its own suite of office applications called iSuite that makes it a great choice for professionals and students alike. And, of course, Apple tablets allow you to do all of the same things as Kindle and Android tablets – like play games, listen to music, take pictures, record videos, and browse the web.
Kindle tablet originally the Kindle was developed and marketed not as a tablet, but as an e-reader. However, the Kindle Fire goes well beyond being an e-reader and is one of the most popular (and cost-effective) tablets available. Though it is NOT an Android device, the Kindle Fire does utilize an Android platform, giving users access to a wide variety of Android apps. The biggest benefit of a Kindle Fire is the access it gives you to the Amazon store. Because Kindles were initially used as e-readers, they are a fantastic way to download and read ebooks. However, you can also use it to browse the web, watch videos, listen to music, use a variety of apps (about 450,000 in the Amazon app store), play games, send emails, download and read documents, and more.
When it comes to choosing a tablet, pay close attention to the features that you need. Some features to keep in mind when deciding which one is the best fit for your child(ren) are storage, camera, screen size and quality.
Now that you’re more knowledgeable about tablets, here are the four best tablets for homeschooling kids.
- Amazon Kindle Fire 7 – It is the little big tablet for school work. The Amazon Fire is a very affordable range of tablets that are always worth considering buying into. While some people might prefer the larger or HD versions, I simply recommend the simplest Fire 7 tablet as it’s just so affordable at US $49.99, it’s hard to pass it by. Even better is that it’s reliable and will easily be able to cope with online course work.
- Samsung Galaxy Tab S6 Lite – It is a brilliant budget tablet for school. While it is a cheaper version of the Galaxy Tab S6, it's a great choice for school use. Samsung hasn't included a top-end chipset or the greatest camera, but its low price of US $279 means it's ideal for students, as it's not a big investment.
- Samsung Galaxy Tab A - Parents need a budget-friendly option that still has parental controls and the Samsung Galaxy Tab A is perfect. At US $127, it has a lot of horsepower and the kids' mode provides parents with peace of mind. Fully loaded with Microsoft Office, this tablet is ready for all the school work your child needs to handle. The 8-inch screen is plenty big for movies, games, and reading.
- iPad Mini – The iPad Mini is probably the most expensive of the tablets listed here at US $384, but it’s also the best overall. It is practical for school use, with its small size making it easy to carry around while still containing a powerhouse of a machine inside. Aside from its powerful processor and strong RAM that will handle almost anything you can use it for, it also has an excellent camera and recording facilities which could make it easily useful for recording lessons/lectures.