We live in a tech-driven world. Whether you are a middle school, high school or college student, it is unlikely that you would be able to complete the majority of your academic obligations without the use of technology. Your smartphone and your laptop are now doing the work of the traditional notebook and pencil for you. Similarly, once you enter the globalized labor market, you will quickly realize that a lot of employers are looking for individuals with a high level of computer literacy and proficiency.
What is Computer Literacy?
Computer literacy refers to the ability of an individual to use computers. Knowing how to use a search engine, send an email, write a report on a word processing software, make a budget on an excel sheet and create a presentation on PowerPoint or Prezi are only a few of the basic digital literacy skills. Like anything else in life, the more your practice, the better you become at it.
Taking an online course offers you a great opportunity to practice some of your computer literacy skills and learn a few new ones. At the heart of an online course is your computer. It connects you to the virtual classroom. Naturally, many prospective students and parents inquire about the computer specification required to complete an online course successfully.
PC vs. Mac
One of the most common questions, as you may have guessed, is the old age question of Mac vs. PC? In terms of successful course completion, both types of computers are compatible with BrightMind’s learning management system and course content so it is truly a matter of personal preference and budget. Both systems have strengths and weaknesses. Personal computers (PCs) are generally (much) less expensive than Macs and they give users more freedom to customize their system. Mac, on the other hand, usually offers a cleaner and more user-friendly interface. Remember that as a student, you are eligible for discounts from both Apple and PC retailers, so don’t forget to mention your student status when you go shopping.
If you are thinking about taking a course with BrightMinds Online School, take the time and go over the following checklist: https://www.bookwidgets.com/play/3EWAW4?teacher_id=5066026884530176
Make sure that the computer you already have or wish to buy meets the specifications mentioned in the checklist. If you are buying a new computer, be sure to read online reviews and do your own research. It’s important to strike a balance between practicality and price. Most importantly, ensure that there are no reported issues involved with the computer model itself, such as low battery life or overheating issues.
A good computer can last a number of years especially if you take a good care of it. Finding the computer that meets your academic needs, personal preference and budget might take some time and require research but it is an investment worth having. After all, computer literacy is increasingly become a prerequisite for success in the world so think of your computer as one of the tools you need to be successful in your education and pathway to the labor market.
Based on price, customer reviews, and the overall value of the product, here are some of our recommended laptop options for the 2018-2019 school year:
- Samsung Chromebook 3
- Asus Chromebook Flip
- HP Notebook
- ASUS 15.6”
- Apple Macbook
Do you want to know more about how BrightMinds Online School can help you earn your Ontario high school diploma? Find the answers to all your questions on our FAQ page.