Elementary School Student Laptop List

Little Boy Using a Laptop

Lately I’ve been reading a lot of articles that have been dugg and that have been floating around some social communities out there. One example is “Education reform: Let’s start by burning all the textbooks”. This article discusses a focus on digital/electronic education and getting rid of textbooks. The great thing about digg is all the opinions that come to surface.

One argument seems to be the inability to provide all students with a laptop. There were a bunch of other arguments, but I thought I would run with that one, but focus on elementary school students. I decided to put together a list of laptops / notebooks / netbooks that I felt would work well for elementary schools students. Let’s face it, most teenagers now have a laptop or want their own so the biggest issue would be getting the elementary kids computers.

My Criteria

My criteria was pretty simple. I tried to find the following elements in a laptop:

  1. Physical Size – something small and easy to haul around.
  2. Screen Size – something small but something that had decent resolution.
  3. Wireless Connection – netbooks that would connect to the internet via wireless.
  4. Internet Browsing – netbooks that will browse the web.
  5. Word Processing – netbooks that have word processing capabilities.
  6. Affordable – netbooks that were reasonable in price, preferably under $500.

Note to gamers: These netbook computers and their specs may not fit your standards when it comes to a machine. These netbook computers were evaluated based on basic functionality and the minimum ability to run applications usually encountered in a learning environment.

Netbooks / Notebooks / Laptops For Elementary School Students

Acer Aspire One Netbook

Acer Aspire One

$229 – $349
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Asus Eee PC Netbook

Asus Eee PC

$249 – $599
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Dell Inspiron Mini 9 Netbook

Dell Inspiron Mini 9

$279 – $479
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Gateway LT Series Netbook

Gateway LT

$429
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HP Mini 1000 Netbook

HP Mini 1000

$279 – $599
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Lenovo IdeaPad Netbook

Lenovo IdeaPad

$349 – $399
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LG X Series Netbook

LG X

$400
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MSI Wind U100 Series Netbook

MSI Wind U100

$289 – $429
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One Laptop Per Child (OLPC) Netbook

One Laptop Per Child

$199 (working on $100)
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Samsung N110 Netbook

Samsung N110

$470
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Sony P Netbook

Sony P

$899
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Conclusion

My conclusion is that there are a lot of options out there for elementary schools students for laptop computers. If you spread the cost of a netbook for a student from Kindergarten to 5th grade, the expense would be less than $100 a year per student. You could either let the students buy them or even rent them out to the students. They already do this with instruments in most music departments anyways. Think of this as an instrument that everyone needs. I even remember buying a calculator that was mandatory for my math class in 8th grade for $300. I can get a laptop for that now.

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6 Comments

  • I home school my three children. The size and price of net books are what I’m looking for, but I need a built in cd/dvd drive too. The school work program we use is all on cd. Any thoughts on what might work for us?

    Comment by Delisa — May 25, 2009 @ 1:12 pm
  • Are the CD’s/DVD’s created to work only with Windows? If so you’ll probably have to find a laptop with Windows on it. You can buy the CD/DVD drives separately as an external accessory, but I would look at those two things. A laptop with Windows if it needs it and either an external CD/DVD drive or one built in it.

    Comment by Brandon Buttars — May 28, 2009 @ 11:33 am
  • Struggling with definition of netbook vs. laptop. In the educational environment my kids will need wireless internet, Word, Excel, Powerpoint, AND what we really need is to also use this assistive writing software:
    http://www.donjohnston.com/products/cowriter/index.html
    So….how can I best determine which machine is appropriate.
    Thanks.

    Comment by Jeff Conuel — November 18, 2009 @ 12:39 pm
  • How much does the size of the screen matter? That’s the question.

    Comment by Maya Rao — September 19, 2011 @ 12:40 pm
  • I agree with you there, Maya. Since so many people are ditching their TVs in favor of watching their favorite shows via Hulu or Netflix on their laptops, not only a small screen affect your studying, but your entertainment as well.

    Comment by Sarah Ward — September 21, 2011 @ 1:56 pm
  • [...] having any real advantages. This list is composed of netbooks suitable for college students but elementary school netbooks are also available [...]

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