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Windows vs Apple – the technology series

19th December 2018

Previously we compared Chromebooks and Windows laptops, but we can’t forget about the role Apple plays in the education market. In the second of our technology series, we’ll be looking at educational technology in the classroom, focusing on Windows tablets versus iPads.

Windows vs Apple

Although iPads have taken a hit in the education market of recent, they’re looking to claw their way back with affordable iPads. That being said, they’re still falling behind the market leaders: Google and Microsoft. Despite both Windows tablets and iPads being very secure and stable devices, they’re often used differently in the classroom. We’ve compared the two devices to help you decide which digital technology works best for you.

Full desktop applications vs mobile friendly apps

Windows tablets, such as the Surface Pro, are usually a hybrid of a laptop and a tablet – essentially they take the laptop experience and place it all into a tablet. Unlike iPads, Windows tablets run full desktop applications such as Photoshop, like you’d find on a laptop or Windows machine. However, despite this, the apps built for mobile on this platform are much more limited compared to iPads. Unlike Windows tablets, iPads offer a more tablet-friendly experience, especially for older students who are familiar with iPhones, as well as an array of the most tablet-friendly apps. Ask yourself, is your class reliant on certain software? Or is an array of mobile-friendly applications of more use to you? Or are you simply looking for a device students will be comfortable with?

Content creation vs content consumption

Compatible with a mouse and trackpad functionality, Windows tablets are good for productivity and serious work. Although not all applications are supported on this device, Windows tablets allow greater file system access and even include greater storage capabilities. In contrast, Apple has been improving its content creation functionality, with dock accessories and drag and drop features. The limitation of only being able to use the touchscreen makes iPads better suited for consuming content, rather than creating. Do you use devices in the classroom to produce reports, presentations or answer simple questions? Or is it simply to access online resources and research subjects?

Interaction vs individual learning

For a teacher in the classroom, using a Windows tablet is easy to project a screen without having to have two separate devices. From this tablet, it’s also possible to have two screens open, allowing the ability to interact with a student one-on-one and have another screen available with the work to be complete for the rest of the class. However, from a student perspective, iPads are more mobile, open up to an array of apps that they can easily focus on without having to worry about being disrupted by a dead battery. Ask yourself, do you want to be able to interact with your students via devices? Are your students using devices just to research information?

Our technology series continued

You’ll find when it comes to deciding between a Windows tablet and an iPad, and after answering the questions above, the main decision is based on what devices you’re already using and what you’re planning on using these devices for. No matter which device you decide is best for you, Impero Education Pro consolidates classroom management, online safety and network management features which works across Windows and iOS. Learn more here.

We’ll have our next installment of our technology series soon, keep a look out on Facebook and Twitter!

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