Remote Learning on an Educational Tablet for Students

Mobile computing options have been more essential than ever for students over the pandemic year, as many schools shifted between in-person and remote learning. Tablets and laptops will continue to be crucial as many students continue learning remotely, either full-time or as part of a hybrid style of learning. It is important to know what your student’s computing needs are when considering what to look for in a tablet or laptop for the future.


There are a lot of similarities between laptops and tablets that would make either a good choice–things like having access to online textbooks, using online learning platforms and/or tutoring services, as well as communicating with teachers, tutors, and classmates via email and/or other messaging services can be accomplished easily on either device. But overall suitability will differ depending on circumstances. Questions to ask before you choose one include if a specific operating system must be used, if the tablet or laptop will be used outside of school, and if time and usage restrictions will be needed (especially for younger students). You should consider, too, if it will need to be highly portable or not, what kind of processing power will be required, and what screen size is preferred. There is a wide variety of options in the tablet and laptop market, which can make choosing one a challenge. That’s why you need to determine these things ahead of time.

  • Consider portability

Tablets and laptops are usually categorized by their display sizes. Most laptops range in size from 11 to 18 inches. 12.5 to 14-inch screens often offer the best balance between usability and portability. Tablets come in a variety of screen sizes, too, from as small as 7 inches up to 12 inches or more. As for portability, tablets are much lighter than most laptops, so right away, a tablet is more portable. Even one with a larger screen can still be easier to manage

  • Stayin’ alive…

Students learning from home spend a lot more time on their devices than in years past, so battery life is important. Look for a tablet or laptop that offers extended battery life to minimize interruptions, especially if you have classes or tutoring sessions scheduled when you’ll be traveling or even on vacation.

  • Understand compatibility needs

Schools and remote tutors often use specific software to present material. Tablets and laptops that work easily with a variety of different apps and learning platforms are a smart choice. Make sure you choose one with compatibility in mind, so access is not an issue.


Note that many computing devices fall into the category of 2-in-1 hybrid devices that can switch between a traditional clamshell laptop and tablet. These options generally come with detachable screens and/or hinges that allow for flexing the screen/keyboard up to 360 degrees. Consider this if you want the flexibility of using your device as a laptop or a tablet. Remember: no matter your remote learning needs, there’s a tablet or laptop that can meet them. Knowing your student’s computing needs is the first step towards making the best choice!


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Written by Erika Mehlhaff