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When should you upgrade your technology?

July 4 2022 Feature Image

When should you upgrade your technology?

Lets talk about when its best to upgrade devices, criteria for new devices as well as technology selection help!

Tablets

TABLETS

Android devices generally have a lifespan of 3 years. iOS devices generally have a useful lifespan of 6.5 years, though the average user will only tolerate their device to 4 years.

Tablets are strange tech devices that work well for reading and viewing movies. But for a number of reasons, it’s not advisable to upgrade them too frequently (every time there is a new launch). First of all, they essentially remain unchanged. Each successive iPad model “hasn’t been that significantly different from the one before, and the initial iPad still remains a very nice product,” according to Arnold Kim, proprietor of the Apple-gossip website MacRumors.

Then take into account that a full-size tablet like an iPad or an 8.9-inch Kindle Fire HD costs between $300 and $500 and above, which is almost as much as a smart phone or a cheap laptop. In addition, It was found that the average person who owns all three devices utilizes tablets the least since they typically lack the mobility of a smartphone and the functionality of a laptop. However, for reading music and playing games, tablets trump a phone – especially in terms of speaker quality.

 

Considerations for new product

Adding an Apple product to an office that runs on Microsoft can create compatibility nightmares and vice versa. In short, if you have mostly Apple products, stick with that brand!

Once you’ve decided on an operating system, be sure to consider the following, as well:

  • Battery life
  • Pen options
  • The best speakers and microphone
  • Camera specifications
  • Processing speed
  • Screen size and display quality
  • Storage space (not as important with the use of the cloud unless you have a lot of programs installed – ie. OBS, etc)
  • Wifi vs cellular connectivity

 

Suggestions

Apple iPad Pro It has a large, 12.9-inch screen with Liquid Retina display that runs all of the way from edge-to-edge. The iPad Pro also has an A12Z Bionic chip that even includes a Neural Engine so that you have the best processor available. Instead of stereo speakers, the iPad Pro offers 4 speakers and five studio-quality microphones in addition to the same 10 hour battery life that you’ll find with all of the iPad models.

The Microsoft Surface Pro 7 is one of the newest tablets for teachers available. It comes with a pen, which will make it easy for teachers to record and write notes directly on the tablet, but the best feature of this tablet is its flexibility to turn into a fully functional laptop. It is the newest and best tablet and laptop combination for teachers. This is one of the best tablets for teachers because of its flexibility to transition from laptop to tablet and back again.

This model is the standard iPad that has a 10.2 inch screen with retina display. It includes the A12 bionic chip with neutral engine, so the processor will meet your needs.

For those teachers who want a tablet that is compatible with Microsoft products and has the flexibility to function as a laptop, as well, the Surface 6 is a great option.

Laptops

Laptops

In general, you can expect to keep a laptop functioning for three years on average with budget models. More durable, higher end models can last up to five years at the upper end.

 

When To Get A New Laptop?

Before you hit the point where a laptop won’t boot up at all anymore, there are several very clear signs that your machine is entering a death spiral:

  1. Frequent lag, stutters, and slow downs when there didn’t used to be any issues
  2. The operating system takes much longer to boot up than it used to
  3. File transfers are much slower than when the laptop was new
  4. Long pauses when switching between tabs or applications.
  5. Frequently getting the blue screen of death crash when running programs that used to operate with ease
  6. Dead pixels, periods of black screen for no reason, or bright white flickers on the display

 

Suggestions

The MacBook Air for 2022 has received an incredible design change and updated internals, making this the laptop most teachers should purchase to start the new school year. Featuring an Apple M1 chip, the MacBook Air (2022) offers a 13.6-inch Liquid Retina display for the first time and provides up to 18 hours of battery life between charges. The M1 chip makes this MacBook Air up to 1.4 times faster than the previous model. It includes an 8-core CPU, up to 10-core GPU, and 16-core Neural Engine. The entry-level model comes with 8GB of unified memory, which can be increased to 16GB or 24GB. On the storage side, you can purchase one with 256GB, 512GB, 1TB, or 2TB.

This year’s MacBook Air also comes with a MagSafe port that connects easily and quickly releases if the charging cable gets accidentally pulled. There’s also an all-new 1080p FaceTime HD camera for those important video conference meetings with co-workers and parents. At just 2.7 pounds, this is the lightest MacBook Air you can currently buy, making it easy to transport to and from school, and the office!

External Webcams Multi-Cam Setups

External Webcams and Multi-Cam Set Ups

External webcams may provide a better picture than your camera built into your computer, and allow for a simple multi-cam set up, which is beneficial with larger instruments, especially the piano. If you connect multiple cameras to the computer you’re using for your lessons, it’s simple to switch cameras once you’re in the musicology app, a simple button!

If you’re using a newer laptop, the built-in HD camera should be sufficient for online teaching. But if you don’t like the way your webcam looks or you’re using a device without an HD Camera, you might need a webcam for teaching online. The Logitech HD Pro Webcam C920 has great reviews for online teaching and it’s easy on the budget! Just make sure to read the product description to make sure whatever webcam you get is compatible with your specific computer.

Internet

Internet

We recommend getting the best internet package you can for your household that way multiple users and unstable connections are less likely to interfere with your lessons. If your unable to get the best internet package for your household, here are some solutions!

A stable internet connection is probably the most important requirement to teach online. To check your internet speeds, you can use SpeedTest.net or check with your internet service provider.

While it’s usually acceptable to teach on strong WiFi, many teachers prefer to use a wired connection for a more reliable internet connection. A wired connection just means that you’ve connected your computer directly to your router using an ethernet cable.

This is the Ethernet Cable It comes in different lengths depending on how far you need it to reach. Wifi Pods are also very useful if the router is too far away for an ethernet connection.

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