Laptop recommendations? Check with your school

Back in June I wrote this same article. You can read it here. Basically it was in response to an article written by Monica Chen of The Verge. The article “recommends” the best laptop for students at all levels by students.

Well, they just republished the article again and I thought I’d just remind parents and students out there to use these articles as a jumping off point. A place to start your research not as a definitive source.

Remember that all of these sites are powered off of ad revenue. All of them, so I wouldn’t be surprised if some of these recommendations were actually paid for. For example, no way I would recommend an iPad Air for a high school student where I live. I know that all the surrounding high schools are either Google Workspace schools or Office 365 schools. There are much better options at that price point for those students than an iPad. An advertisement that looks like an actual article is a native ad and it may be what is happening here.

Again, check with your school. They will have recommendations and can help you narrow down your search much better than a tech journalist or a blogger like myself đŸ™‚

Episode 124 – “Schank” Education


This episode, Dave, Tony and Patrick talk about Roger Schank’s approach to education, Nintendo’s gaming workshop for kids and the Adidas tracker that is making its way into classrooms. Check out the talking points below.

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Pragmatic Learning: It’s not “fun” by Roger Schank of the blog Education Outrage
a. Link:
b. This is a long article
c. Stop building courses and create courses
d. Learning when learning is needed
e. Training is not fun
f. Dan Meyer’s TedTalk:

Nintendo partners with SF public library to teach kids about game design by Andrew Webster from The Verge
a. Link:
b. Consumer to creators
c. How can schools do this?
d. Resources needed?

US schools may soon be testing Adidas’ new fitness tracker in K-12 schools by Samantha Murphy Kelly of Mashable
a. Link:
b. Interactive Health Technologies:
c. Really?
d. 140% increase in engagement in PE classes
e. Turning this into grades?

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