Best Laptop For Teachers 2017

Not having a laptop for teaching today is like going into the classroom without a chalkboard which makes finding the best laptop for teachers one of the most important steps to increase your productivity as a teacher and in turn enhance the learning experience all across your classrooms.

Contrary to popular belief, there are several studies showing actual benefits when laptops are integrated in the classrooms. With the entire classroom showing a significant improvement in their overall learning.

Even if you are not into a program where the entire classroom has access to several laptops, a laptop just for you ensures you have all the tools technology can offer to bring the best of your ability to educate our youth.

How do we find the best laptop for teachers?

If we take a look what most teachers use their laptops for:

Taking attendance, web browsing to prepare lessons, get up to date resources for teaching, use Office and other Productivity software, communicating with parents and your class.

It looks like any cheap old laptop will do.

But depending what you teach or how you teach , you may have to look for a little more than that:

Evaluating assignments, multimedia presentations, playing videos to complement a lesson, upload docs for your class to read, load up heavy computational software for very specific courses, use sliders to give a lecture or even giving recorded or live lectures online!

Let’s not forget your budget too..

The salary of teachers isn’t getting higher every year and those who of you are just starting to teach may not be able to afford all the premium laptops being thrown at you out there. But that doesn’t mean you have to settle for the cheapest, most unreliable laptops that will fail on you when only you have 30 minutes to prepare a presentation or a lesson.

The good news is…

There are less expensive options that will perform just as well both inside your classroom and outside too. And the best part is…

I already did all of the research for you and in this article and the next section you will find a list the best laptops for teachers followed by a complete guide on how to shop for one yourself if you are not sure what you should be looking for or have very specific needs.

Top 10 Best Laptops For Teachers

Among this list I’ve tried to include a laptop for just about every type of teacher out there and for those on a budget while still keeping the main features from each device very useful for teaching. 

Regardless of what your subject, type of teaching or budget is just keep scrolling down until you find something that appeals to you. If something isn’t clear, you can jump to the guide and come back up to fully understand this section.


1. MacBook Air 2015 

MacBook Air Best Laptop For Teachers

 CPU: Intel Core i5 1.6GHz up to 2.7GHz | RAM: 8 GB RAM | Storage: 256GB PCIe based SSD| Display: 13.3” 1440 x 900 Glossy

The MacBook is the best laptop for teachers looking for something ultra portable along with ultra high performance for multitasking with basic apps & software used by teachers.

Other than getting used to the Operating System (and dealing with your entire faculty stuck with windows), there’s probably only one small caveat that the MacBook Air may present have, everything else is perfect right out of the box.

The model shown here only has an intel core i5, 8GB RAM and 256GB SSD although you can upgrade it with a better processor and more storage. This is probably the best configuration for teaching & day to day computing tasks and even throw in some heavy applications with it.  The 8GB RAM in particular will allow you to heavily multitask between web browsers, word editors, video lectures and other resources to finish that lesson right on time. High RAM is something you should always aim for whatever laptop you are thinking of buying if you never want to feel slow down when running several apps.

The storage devices of the fastest technology as of today and your boot up times (the time it takes to use your machine when turned on) will merely be seconds. Plus it also has plenty of storage for all your important files and any other entertainment you have in mind (music, video, images, etc).

Another feature which makes it one of the best choices to increase productivity is the keyboard. It’ highly regarded on the web and by third party reviewers as one of the best keyboards from laptops today (if not the best). In other words, you’ll be hitting up your usual typing speeds no problem. Although the travel is low each key is very responsive.

Another great feature is the portability. The Air will give you 13+ hours of battery life while only weighting 3 pounds. On top of that it has a  Wireless AC connectivity for greater internet reception and speeds. All of these 3 features combined should give you the ability to work  from pretty much any place within your school’s facilities and anywhere you go.

It also has enough ports for USB devices: external keyboards, your mouse. An SD Card Reader for extra storage and a thunderbolt 2 port for external displays and fast transfer speeds. The thunderbolt 2 port however will need an adapter as shown here  for you  to connect to old school and outdated projectors using VGA type connections.

The only issue (besides the price) with the Air is the display, it’s not full HD yet and will remain with this resolution as there no more models to be produced (it will be discontinued soon).

Although this isn’t an issue for most users, it will be for those used having full HD to multitask or those who were hoping for the perfect device out there. The resolution however is still great (greater than cheap laptops and most TN Displays) and plenty for multitasking plus it has great brightness levels (above the average from ultrabooks) something that other laptops may not offer. Brightness levels is something to consider if your classroom deals with sunlight or see yourself working outside sometimes.

Lastly, if you are interesting in external CD Reader, the air nor any laptop shown here has it (if they do they will start to get bulky and difficult to carry around) so you may have to buy the external CD Reader (if you need it).

Other than those two issues, it has every feature optimized for educators all over. Plus it’s the lest expensive machine coming from Apple as long as you stay with this model. If you can’t afford it, you can go a step below and choose the one with 128GB for storage.

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2. HP ChromeBook 14

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CPU: Intel Celeron N2940 1.83GHz | RAM: 4 GB RAM | Storage: 16GB eMMC | Display: 14” full HD IPS

For those teachers not running any particular school software that needs a Windows Machine (or perhaps a Mac), a Chromebook is something you may want to consider. As you probably know Chromebooks are already popular all around the education world and that include teachers and schools entirely relying on them.

Although it doesn’t have the same components as a full blown laptop, it has plenty of performance for all of your most important teaching activities.  The processor is considered low end and the RAM is not 8GB however since it’s a Chromebook (without Windows of Course), the celeron along with 4GB RAM works perfectly fine to run word editors, multiple web browsing tabs and a myriad of apps without any hiccups.

If you do go lower than 4GB RAM though that’s asking for trouble and you’ll be sure to end up frustrated when trying to finish up your lesson on a deadline with it if you decide to throw some heavy multitasking.

The Storage? Just buy an external SD Card Reader , stick it in your Chromebook permanently and you’ll have 64 GB of storage on top of it. Which by the way, I’m sure you’ll never need to use since they store everything in the cloud with pretty much infinite storage (100 GB) and where there will be actually safe from any mishaps.

If you ever need to run any .exe programs coming from Windows for your school or anything else, you can always install Linux on it, there are plenty of tutorials online. From then on just install Wine and you’ll be able to run all the windows software you need for teaching without having to feel limited.

Just remember as long as you stick with Celeron or m3 core processors and 4GB of RAM, you should never have any issues while multitasking and using several apps to get your lessons done or simply researching on what to or how to teach next.

Although there are dozens of choices out there with 4GB RAM and Celeron based processors but this one is particularly more useful for multitasking since it has a bigger screen than most and it’s full HD. This is the perfect combo for displays to fit in more windows/resources, etc, at the same time. Plus this one has an IPS Panel so you don’t have to keep adjusting  the angle of your screen as you would with lower quality Chromebooks just to see what’s on it when you are giving a lesson or standing up.

It’s not that heavy either (3.7lb) and it’s relatively cheap. The only issue with this one might be the keyboard, it’s not backlit if that’s something you need or used to.

Other than that, if you feel using only a web browser and do not rely on windows based programs, you’ll find this one a perfect choice for creating assignments, researching and anything that does not need a windows based program as it will work seamlessly with the myriad of web based apps,android apps and online software from Google.

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3. ASUS ZenBook UX330UA 

Best Laptop For Teachers Asus ZenBook

CPU: Intel Core i5 7200U (up to 3.1GHz) | RAM: 8 GB RAM | Storage: 256GB SSD | Display: 13.3” full HD IPS

For those who really need a Windows laptop, with high quality and having nearly every feature a teacher must look for, this is a great alternative to Air or any premium laptop.

For starters the performance is actually better than the Air: it’s latest generation core i5  processor has higher speeds than  most ultrabooks out there too (up to 3.1Ghz).

The same amount of RAM and the same storage (256GB)  are kept for the ultimate multitasking performance and all of your teaching and entertainment files.

However although the storage still is an SSD, it’s not the latest technology coming from them but this shouldn’t be an issue or you may not even notice a difference as both will perform the same for the activities you’ll do as a teacher. In summary, all these specs put together  will never hang up on you no matter how many applications and web browsing tabs you throw at it.

Another advantage of having this one, it’s the display. It’s not only full HD, which the MacBook Air doesn’t have, but also has a Matte Display finish which is more handy for teachers as most have a computer next to big windows inside classrooms and find themselves working in illuminated areas. The brightness levels are good but not the best out there but should be no issues working in classrooms with sunlight coming through however it’s not a laptop or device I would take right outside on the bright sun.

It also has an IPS Panel so there’s no need to worry about adjusting the screen all the time as you use it during your classrooms or when dealing with different viewing positions/angles.

Connectivity wise it has every port you’ll need : an SD Card for extra storage, the latest WiFi protocol for better internet reception/speeds and HDMI port for projectors or external displays (you may not have to buy an adapter if your school’s facility has updated projectors).

The battery life is not as good as the Air but enough for an entire work day: 9 hours and remains just as portable for you not to notice it its in your bag pack: 2.6lb.

While everything may seem perfect for the price (way cheaper than most premium laptops with the same features), the only possible caveat is the design, it’s not as good as premium laptops which are made of full aluminum this one is only partially aluminum.

The Keyboard and touch-pad quality are also not as great as the MacBook’s or premium laptops(very few laptops are) which are far more expensive but nothing to complain about yet and the design has been improving with every version. On the flip side, it also has a back lit keyboard.

In summary this is the best laptop for teachers who want portable and high performance windows laptop at an affordable price.

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4. HP Envy

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CPU: Intel Core i5 7200U (up to 3.1GHz) | RAM: 8 GB RAM | Storage: 256GB PCIe NVMe SSD| Display: 14” full HD IPS

Another great option for those looking for high quality , high performance windows laptop is the HP Envy. It is a bit more affordable than the ZenBook  and surprisingly (though it may not look that way at first) has better performance overall.

The reason is the fact that this model is a more recent version and besides having the latest generation processor, it has been equipped with the latest SSD protocol, in other words, this is the fastest storage device you’ll get from laptops today (NVMe) and it has nearly every feature that both the Air and the ZenBook have.

The display is just as good as the ZenBook and the keyboard is also of high quality .Alhough it’s reported to feel soft but quite responsive nonetheless.

The design is made of full aluminum and relatively portable (3.3lb) though not as portable as the ZenBook or the Air (2.6lb and 3.0lb) but with nearly the same battery life (up to 10 hours of moderate usage).

One caveat you may to deal with it is the fact that it doesn’t have a matte finish, the screen is glossy just like the Air therefore highly reflective. If you can deal with that and the fact that it’s a bit more heavy than most ultrabooks (3.3lb), then I would highly recommend this one for those dealing with multiple software at the same time be it for teaching, editing or anything else you may do for your classrooms or leisure activities while working on it. 

This laptop has the best performance for teachers out of this list while still being affordable.

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5. Asus VivoBook

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CPU: Intel Celeron N3700 1.6GHz (up to 2.4GHz) | RAM: 4 GB RAM | Storage: 128GB eMMC | Display: 14” full HD

Lastly, if you found any of the options above too expensive or you just don’t like Chromebooks . This is my favorite laptop to recommend if you are looking for enough performance for basic multitasking, day to day computing tasks while having all the perks the best ultrabooks have. You’ll be surprised what you will get for nearly half the price of the premium laptops out there.

For performance it has a Celeron based processor, this isn’t the Celeron processor we heard of back in the old days though, this is a modern version made for laptops that do not require high end components for heavy applications as shown in the Chromebook above, despite the processor being a Celeron is one of the latest and better than most Chromebooks, it will give you just what you need for multitasking and most teaching software for grading, lesson planning, etc. 

As long you don’t run any heavy photo editing or image editing with high end applications you should be ok with it or start throwing several programs at once all running at the same time you’ll do fine with it.

It helps the fact that it has 4GB RAM to make sure you can multitask with several tabs open in chrome, firefox or internet explorer without issues.

The storage capacity is a bit low but enough for all the files you come across coming from word editing or office applications and you can also store several videos on it along with plenty of music. If you ever feel limited with it you can swap in an SD Card with 64GB permanently to make it as close as the 200GB most premium ultrabooks offer.

The display, luckily, is of top quality too: full HD and has an even bigger size for better and more productive multitasking as you’ll have more space area for the many programs and windows open for researching and preparing lessons than any laptop shown here. This is not something to expect from laptops or other choices at this price at all. If you look around you’ll usually get the TN displays with lower resolution and sizes.

Viewing angles are not bad either but the brightness levels are below average so it’s not something to rely on if your stuck working outside on the bright sun.

In terms of connectivity, it has the latest protocol for internet reception WiFi and every port you will ever need for teaching: plenty of USB ports for external peripherals, HDMI for projectors or external displays and even has a USB Type C port which unlike the laptops shown here will allow you to use it for charging too. Again not something expected at this price.

If you are thinking the major issue with this one is the keyboard quality, I’m happy to tell you the keyboard is also quite comfortable and of high quality. They have low travel like the Air but are as responsive as any top quality laptop shown here as you can read by the many reviews on amazon. Unless you get a defective model you should have 0 issues with achieving your fastest typing speeds and even if you do end up with a bad keyboard(it will only be the spacebar) there’s a quick and easy fix that an user has shown for it.

Lastly, it has about the same portability as the top ultrabooks shown here: 3.3 lb and one of the longest battery life :10 hours.

You can try and spend several hours trying to land a better deal than this one but as of 2017 you won’t. As long as you don’t plan to run heavy 3D Software or high end editing software on it and just stick to basic software such as Active Spire for teaching, this is definitely the best laptop for teachers on a budget.

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6. Surface Pro

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CPU: Intel Core i5 3GHz | RAM: 8 GB RAM | Storage: 128GB SSD | Display: 12.3” 2376×1824

Don’t be surprised if the surface pro made it to the list too. It’s definitely the ultimate portable laptop for teachers. If you find yourself actively walking around the school or you are teacher dealing with classes outside (PE teachers), then having a convertible laptop that weights next to nothing that also acts as a tablet is a no brainer.

You shouldn’t worry about performance with Pro 4 though, just the price. You can configure it to whatever your pocket can afford. If you go all the way it can actually be far more powerful than any laptop shown here which would only be useful for university teachers running the most intensive software while teaching.

However, the configuration shown here: i5 intel core, 8GB RAM and 256GB RAM should be more than plenty for nearly all the rest of teachers and the software they usually deal with.

It only weights 1.7lb making it easy to be carried around everywhere and also has a decent battery life : 6 hours. Even the lowest configuration which is far cheaper will allow you to run pretty much any software for teaching just like a regular laptop but heavy multitasking might be limited due to the low RAM capacity if you decide to go for lower end Pro instead than the 8GB RAM suggested here.

Unlike most laptops shown here, the display is the best among the list. Although 1/2 inch smaller , it has a far higher resolution, greater color accuracy and the great brightness levels (better than any laptop shown here). It has an IPS Panel to see clearly what’s on your screen regardless of viewing angles

Best of all, although the screen is glossy it has low glare . That along with the brightness levels will allow you to take it outside and see what’s on the screen.

The touchscreen feature along with the stylus are extremely accurate too and actually feel as a real notebook. If you use OneNote then you won’t have to take notes anywhere else either.

Teachers wanting to drop the acetate papers to draw equations or highly precision diagrams will find it more useful than tablets since the accuracy of tablets doesn’t compare to the Surface Pro note taking features. 

The downside is the fact that the keyboard is sold separately which is a must if you want it to fully convert into a laptop plus the battery doesn’t compare to any of the laptops shown here (6 hours) so it may not last you a full work day without having to charge at least once.

If you can deal with that and don’t mind paying the extra for the keyboard, this is the best laptop for teachers who are constantly on the move, find themselves working outside and teachers using acetate papers for lectures looking for a replacement.

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How To Buy The Best Laptop For Teachers

Just as students can organize all their work and change according to their learning style and finish them with all the resources a laptop connected to the internet provides. So a teacher work is made easier when they also have access to a laptop. But for a teacher it all comes down to the activities he or she does or the type of teaching being performed.

Performance & Activities

CPU

As mentioned before, finding the best laptop for teaching depends entirely on many factors. Although planning, instructing, communicating, revising, researching, writing, presenting, recording and even calculating grades don’t require any specific requirements in terms of speed or performance. 

The most important ones which are lesson planning and web browsing will benefit from a laptop that can at least do these fast.Oherwise you might be stuck without having a full lesson for your next class when had limited time to finish it.

For CPU, any intel core i3, core i5 and core i7 and even an intel celeron processor may do just fine. Atom or Pentium based processors are not reliable when you need speed so avoid them at all costs.

You also don’t have to go for i7 processors, they are expensive and way too fast for a teacher who is not running heavy computational software for their classes (video editing, photo editing, 3D Design, etc).

Plus lower end processors (i5 , i3 , m3, m5 in their labels) will give you better battery lifetimes and perform just as fast for the software most teachers use.

RAM

Most importantly, get at least 4GB RAM with 8GB RAM to be more on the safe side. This is more important than your processor’s speed as it will allow you to have snappy and quick performance with multiple software and internet tabs at the same time.These most crucial activities if you are on a deadline and have limited time to finish up your lesson for next class.

WiFi

Surely all laptops today come with wireless connectivity but as a teacher this is more crucial to consider. Without a good connectivity, your laptop will be pretty much useless.Why?

Sometimes you’ll face connectivity issues due to your school’s signal becoming low or being saturated.

Imagine having limited time to download some resources for your lesson after lunch or having to upload something quickly for your class to see online and then realize the connection is pretty much useless.

The best you can do is get a laptop with a AC WiFi Protocol “802.11 AC” over all others, this will allow you to catch the most faint signals when you are far from range and receive the signals at better speeds than other protocols.

Luckily most modern laptops today come equipped with one so you just have to avoid older models if you want to take advantage of this feature.

Alternatively if you find a cheap laptop with a lower end connectivity, get a USB-Ethernet cable and sit right next to an internet outlet in the library.

Storage

As a teacher you’re gonna be storing tons of files which may include video lectures, presentations, textbooks, your own music playlist to keep your sanity in check and so on but even then you don’t need to worry about storage capacity at all.

Modern laptops today have enough storage capacity for your entire career as a teacher just make sure you stick with +128GB for storage or more which is basically what most laptops today have.

Lower storage capacities are only present among the cheapest laptops which includes netbooks, chromebooks, etc.

Storage Type

However there’s a huge advantage of having an SSD, a solid state driver. It’s basically a different type of storage than the one we are all used to, it doesn’t have moving parts making it less fragile and is actually a lot faster.

This translates to ultrafast boot up times. This is a huge bonus when you want to turn on your computer during classroom time quickly or when you need a snappy and quick performance to complete a lesson for next class.

The only drawback besides costing you a bit more it’s their low storage capacities compared to old school hard drives but as mentioned before these low capacities (128GB-256GB) are sufficient for teachers and there’s no need to worry about it.

If you run out (which is very unlikely) you just have to buy an external hard drive. The advantages of having an SSD are far greater, get one if you can afford it.

Design & Type of Teaching

The design of your laptop: display, durability, weight and battery life and any other extra features will depend on the type of teaching you do. Some are more beneficial than others. A teacher that doesn’t use a external monitor or projector will not see the need for too many ports for example.

Classroom Teacher

If you are a regular classroom teacher weight and battery life becomes optional.

You don’t really have to worry about it since most laptops have enough juice for more than a few hours for a class and for your break too.

Plus there will be most likely outlets all over the place.

As far as weight goes, If you don’t move around campus too much then weight is also optional depending on your budget. But if you commute to your workplace quiet a lot and do move around from classroom to classroom then a 3lb laptop will make sure you don’t even feel the weight.

Physical Education

If you are a PE teacher and use a laptop on the outside then you a lighter with great display and a decent battery life is a must. The sun will not allow you to take attendance or track your class’ performance when you’re on the outside.

Aim for around 3 lb and a display with an average brightness levels. A convertible laptop like the Surface Pro 4 (lower end for the price) would be great.

Higher Education  & Science

If you are a teacher in high school or a techy side of education, then performance becomes crucial and by now I’m sure you know what specs your specific software requires.

If you are teaching with software related to 3D Modeling or Multimedia Editing (audio,video or images) then having a processor in the range Intel core i7 (either U or HQ is fine, the latter is recommended) but most importantly a video card like NVIDIA GTX 960M and any number above. These settings will suffice for classroom level projects. This ASUS model is the best deal for you, it has every feature you need and it’s cheap plus very reliable.

Using a Projector 

If you are a teacher that still is using acetate papers and using a projector to annotate calculations or notes for your class. A viable option might be to opt for convertible laptops instead of tablets, these are reported by teachers using it and dropping the 1000 accetate papers to be more accurate than tablets and offer great functionality.

However if you are just giving lectures with a projector and not needing to write anything accurate(math equations or solutions) on it then a tablet like the Galaxy might be a fine choice too.

Online Teacher

If you are teaching online or just happen to video conference for your classes, you have far more choices depending on what you do and what your budget allows. But most importantly is having a decent connection as mentioned before, a great display and most importantly a full HD webcam as a huge bonus for your class to easily see your lessons or what you write.there

Weight and battery life becomes much less of an issue since you’ll be teaching from home where there’s an outlet and not much movement from place to place.

Keyboard

Regardless of how you teach and what you teach a great keyboard is a nice bonus to increase your productivity threefold. You want to hit your highest typing speeds with yours hopefully. Think of having less than a day to type long documents or grading or simply preparing your next lecture right before classtime.

How do you find great keyboards?

Avoid very small laptops as they will have keyboards that will feel too cramped and not necessarily full size. Be sure to check for reviews if any of the keys have been re positioned or resized as this might throw you off when trying to hit fast typing speeds.

Also avoid touchscreen keyboards like the plague, they are not just the same as regular keyboards.

However, if your laptop’s keyboard happens to be bad then you can always get an external one in case of emergencies to get your work done fast.

You’ll get used to whatever you have on your laptop over time anyways, bad keyboards will only affect you in special situations where time is limited. But is something to consider regardless.

Display

Size

A huge display is always a bonus but it will have the most impact on portability making your laptop very heavy, if you are fine with it and not move around much other than within the school, then choose whichever you like and appeals to you best. Just remember working for long hours on very small screen sizes (11” and below) can be detrimental to your eyes and give you really small keyboards , both will limit your productivity to get things done fast.

Resolution

Display isn’t much of an issue for most teachers but having a nice resolution is a huge bonus for everyone. If you land a laptop with full HD you’ll have an easier time having several windows open next to each other. Imagine having your power point slides on one side and your resources on the other site and perhaps a small video windows on the corner. a full HD latpop will easily let you do so without giving you issues.

Brightness Levels

While there are many other metrics to measure display quality the one you should be most concerned  about and might limit your performance as a teacher is brightness levels. Nearly all classrooms have windows and when the sun comes out or even during regular daylight hours, you might not be able to make up what’s on your screen if it has awful brightness levels.  Surely closing the curtains may solve that issue but having brightness levels as a bonus doesn’t cost much other than doing a little research on which ones have and which ones don’t.

As mentioned before, PE teachers , who exclusively work outside must get the best of the best brightness levels while all others can settle with average brightness levels and just need to avoid the worst ones.

Average: 250 nits.
Great: 300 nits.

Matte vs Glossy Screens

If you have to choose between the two, long story short opt for Matte Displays. What they offer is a screen designed to keep reflections off your sight allowing to you clearly what’s on your screen and keeping your eyesight better shape, the difference isn’t abysmal but something to consider when buying a laptop.

A Matte display will also help you distinguish your screen in bright light areas (outside or right next to windows).

With a glossy display you get better and nicer displaying features and more rich colors but you’ll have to position your laptop when you see there’s an outside source of light directly shining on your screen.

Ports

USB Ports

Probably the most important feature for teachers today, connectivity. I’m listing way at the bottom since most laptops today (as long as you avoid tablets and 11 inch notebooks) will have more than enough USB ports (at least 2) for  your external peripherals: backs ups, USB Drives, external keyboards,a  mouse and for external displays as well.

Projector Ports

If any of these ports is not compatible with what your the 50 year old infrastructure your school offers. For example this might be the case for projectors which operate through VGA connection and most laptops today only offer HDMI ports, you can always buy adapters if they don’t supply you with one. Just make sure your laptop has a port for an external display and you should be fine.

DVD/CD Reader

These are usually available on laptops that are rather big in size (15” and 17”). If you rely on textbook’s CDs to give extra homework or review for exams, then do not consider ultrabooks if you want to have a CD Reader. However external CD Drivers exist today for you to consider as well.

Operating System

This is more of a preference and depends on what software you wish to run on your device. But it’s always a good idea to roll with whatever your department and classroom are using. Otherwise you’ll have a hard time working with others be it your classroom or faculty.

OSX and Windows

Either operating system is fine if you have the choice. There are software available for teaching purposes in both systems these include remote desktop settings, office and any other grading software you may need.

Chrome OS

Pros

If you are limited to web browsing, lesson planning and document typing then a chromebook is not a bad choice at all. Just make sure to strike 4GB of RAM as your minimum to have a fast performance. There are no chromebooks with 8GB of RAM but since their operating system and overall design doesn’t require much processing power, 4GB RAM is sufficient for the basic tasks they offer and multitasking with them as well.

Get a chrome book instead, create all your files using googledocs, set up your google classroom, get a drop box and save everything to it. This way, you have everything you ever made or need everywhere you need it to be, so when/if you lose the computer or it breaks down you still have all your files.

Cons

The computer industry is still designing and producing software exclusively for Windows and Mac (sometimes). With a Chrome Book you’ll be limited to google docs, google apps and whatever the android store offers. If you had any software for teaching (besides office ) you were using on your old windows machine, you can be sure you won’t be able to find the same (if any) version on Chrome OS.

A few file formats won’t work properly on a Chromebook for example document files (.djvu forms) or video files, in which case you might need to convert your files if you ever deal with those. You can always convert these files to compatible formats on a chrome but if you regularly deal with such files this might no be a productive choice.

Software

For those who haven’t been up to date with what technology has brought to table for teaching, here’s some of the recent & useful software that some teachers are using today:

iTacl: will allow you to remote control the laptops within your classroom (if you are on a 1-one-1 classroom that some schools offer or if you are heading to one). Here’s a more complete list of all current monitoring software

OneNote: take notes, plan your lessons, create your lessons, use a class-book within it for the entire class to collaborate, contribute and more. 

DisplayNotes will allow you to display what is currently on your laptop and take it to all of your students laptops & other devices . It’ll also allowing them to connect and contribute to your slides from their own laptops or tablets or any device.

Bottom Line

Luckily the tasks of a teacher aren’t demanding on a computer but you should focus on ergonomics and other features that depend on how you like to teach. Having a laptop for teachers is not just a matter of having an easier time with work or make teaching more comfortable, its actually one of the best tools to make their work (which is to educate our youth) better which is the future of our country’s next generation.