What tablet device for SMT/teachers?
Hello, first post on this site but what a great resource!
I'm not an ICT Tech, but a School Business Manager just doing some research!
Each of our teachers currently have a fairly basic laptop. The laptops are now between 3 and 5 years old and are somewhat tired and are scheduled to be replaced. The teachers (and the rest of my SMT) are keen to introduce tablets for the teachers/SMT, as they can be used to take photos and video for assessment as well as the usual tablet functions. It makes logical sense to me to replace the laptops with a tablet/convertible tablet device.
It would need to:
Take photos and video;
Have access to our file server;
Have the ability to use Microsoft Office (365?);
Run SIMS for class registers (and for me; FMS);
Dock or be able to be connected to a SMART board and speakers.
My research has suggested that a Windows 8 device would be the best machine to use. I've looked at a few, and tried out a few at a recent ICT event I attended. I was impressed by the Acer Iconia W510 which I am told will do all of the above, plus have the ability to be used as a laptop (or notebook) when connected to the keyboard.
I have found them around £400 ex VAT which is in the ball park I was hoping to spend.
The downside was that they did not feel as well made as the iPad (which we'll be introducing in the classroom for pupils) or some of the more expensive machines.
I'm looking really for opinions on what device may be suitable, or whether I am in the right ball park with the Acer. One company I spoke to suggested a Microsoft Surface, but as I'd need the full fat Windows 8, rather than RT, the price is somewhat higher than I would ideally want to pay - although I could stomach a Surface Pro for the SMT and something along the lines of an Acer for the class teachers.
What do you think?