For the Middle Graders
It’s a given: digital literacy is a necessary skill. And it’s about more than the ability to download apps, stream movies, and connect to the Wi-Fi in a new location. It involves the formation of a digital intuition children will use to learn and operate computer programs and electronic systems for years to come. It also includes understanding how to navigate the Internet for academic and professional purposes.
That’s why many schools are moving toward the 1:1 model of including/requiring each student to have a tablet or computer in the classroom. But if your child’s device isn’t being provided or specified by your school, you might be at a loss for what device is right when a student isn't even in high school yet.
The Dell Chromebook is an option that has many benefits for this age group specifically. First of all, it’s affordable and durable…and anyone who has met a middle-schooler can easily understand the value of those qualities. But it’s also known for a long battery life, a helpful feature for kids with busier schedules and a tough learning curve when it comes to increasing responsibility. Additionally, it offers the simplicity of using Google programs exclusively, rather than a Microsoft or Apple operating system and package, meaning they can get practice using word processing and spreadsheets, or building presentations, all without the risk or complication of a system that could be infected by malware. Lastly, it allows for a significant amount of parent control to block websites, restrict app access, disable modes, etc. to ensure that students are using the device and its Internet access appropriately.
Student Planner Apps
In addition to likely learning the foundations of Algebra and all about those 17th century explorers, in middle school students are expected to establish the habits that will help them manage their time and coursework throughout their high school and college years. Developing organizational and study skills during this phase can be critical, and since their phones are likely already in hand, why not use them for the task? With apps like the myHomework Student Planner or iStudiez, your child can enter their classes, homework assignments, upcoming project deadlines and exam dates to keep track of what is coming up, and even schedule automatic notifications to ensure nothing gets forgotten.
In-Wall USB Chargers
With more of your child’s learning, and entertainment, being tied to devices that need to recharge daily, it might be a good time to consider swapping a standard outlet for a USB charging alternative. Available in options that range from those with a combination of traditional plugs and USB ports, to those featuring four USB connections for charging many devices at once, there is an option for any home. Consider installing it beside your child’s desk or preferred study spot, or even create a charging station to share the functionality with the entire family.