Op-Ed: Improve Technology in Schools (Part 2)


Joseph Rivera, Staff Writer

I was doing school work as usual and I went to the bathroom and my sister said, “Your laptop is glitching out!”

“Stop seeing things,” I responded, but I was so wrong. I get out of the bathroom and discover I can’t get my screen to be responsive. That was so bothersome because I had to use a computer that crashed almost every hour. 

That’s where I stopped in part 1 of my article about technology in public schools. 

Today I’m going to talk about how we can get our hands on inexpensive technology that still meets our needs as a school. There are many ways to do that. One is obvious, and that is to buy in bulk. 

Now you might think that’s a good idea. It is because buying in bulk allows us to get several computers at once and we can get effective computers at a lower price! But schools tend to buy bad products in bulk. What we need to do is understand how to buy products that are cheap and can still manage a higher workload than a Chromebook.

A company that catches my eye is Dell. According to Wikipedia, “Dell is an American multinational computer technology company that develops, sells, repairs, and supports computers and related products and services”. They make laptops such as their Vostro 3500 Laptop. It has an 11th Generation Intel® Core™ i5-1135G7 Processor, Windows 10 Pro 64-bit English, and 8GB of RAM. Best of all is that it has Intel’s brand new Intel® Iris® Xe Graphics. Intel’s Iris Xe graphics can handle light video editing, word processing, and some light gaming. This all comes at the affordable price of $579. That is a good price compared to the average price of a Chromebook which is just about $300. The extra investment in Dell is worth it because you can get better performance.  Something else is that your laptop will not crash all the time.

Some schools don’t have that money. If that’s the case the laptop that I recommend is the Acer Aspire 3. At $365, it is a super good deal and it’s a lot cheaper and better than a Chromebook. With the Intel Core i3-1035G1 8GB 256 GB SSD 15.6-Inch Full HD (1920 x 1080) and Windows 10 it’s not as good as the last laptop but it’s still a super good deal.