After the recent parent meeting at Westborough High School, I was approached by a parent in a near panic about what device she should choose for her daughter entering 12th grade. Looking beyond the last year of high school, she was wondering which device would be best to take to college.
While some colleges have strong preferences for specific types of devices, most colleges mandate or require any specific device. You may want to check with schools under consideration, but absent any requirement, you will be best to go with the device your student prefers.
How you outfit the device, however, may vary.
Westborough Public Schools have specified a basic set of requirements that enable devices to run Google Apps and core applications used within the schools. For specialized computing, like CAD, design, and statistics, Westborough will have computers and labs available.
Entering college, you may need a computer that can run specialized software related to your field of study. Colleges often provide guidance on what is needed. In general, you may want more memory and disk space than our base models.
If you prefer to wait until your student is entering college to make a bigger tech investment, you can always start with a low cost option for the year and donate the used device to the Westborough Education Tech Fund.