Netbooks still hold value in the classroom
When the current generation of tablet computers first arrived on the scene in 2010, many assumed it would spell the end for the netbook. The two technologies serve many of the same purposes -- portability, affordability, among others -- but the tablet has the advantage of being the trendier new kid on the block.
However, there is at least one area in which netbooks could still find favor -- the classroom.
One advantage afforded to netbooks upon the arrival of the tablet is that prices for the former dropped. This is good news for cash-strapped schools that are trying to adapt to learning styles in the 21st century but lack the funds to do so. Many schools are now finding they can afford to purchase netbooks in bulk, providing students with additional resources to further the education process.
Protection is also a key asset of the network. With a clamshell casing, schools can worry less about the computers being damaged when traveling between classrooms. This can extend the life of the devices, ensuring that the school's technology lasts longer.
As is the case in other sectors, schools are also getting on board with tablet technology. However, for those that may not be ready to make the leap, an investment in netbooks could serve many needs.