Assessing the Capabilities of Touch-based Devices in the Classroom

Do the tablets that you’re considering for your students support the full range of web content and technologies that they’ll need to succeed in school?

You might expect that the latest batch of tablets on the market would effortlessly support the needs of education. However, according to a study conducted by Clarity Innovations, tablet devices vary considerably in their capabilities and compatibility. For students to be successful, it’s critical to choose a device that has fewer problems, is less dependent on workaround apps, and is more likely to just work.

To assess the browsing capabilities of tablets for education, Clarity Innovations visited a list of top educational websites using each of the major tablet platforms available today. We tested each device using touch only; no external mouse was used on any device during our testing. We asked three teachers who are currently implementing one-to- one and many-to-one technology initiatives in their schools to assemble this list based on what they most frequently use themselves and ask their students to use. These education-based websites were tested in the categories of science, social studies, English, math, arts, productivity, classroom tools and reference.