Recommended Devices for Student Learning at Home

  • Many families have been asking if the computers they own will support distance learning. Some families are interested in purchasing devices for their children for the upcoming year that align to OUSD's standards. Below please find more information about devices to support student learning at home.


    Minimum Technology Requirements:

    To support student distance learning, each student should have a device that is mobile, can access the Internet, use web tools, and access digital media. Recommended requirements are:

    • Connect to the internet through 5GHz Wi-Fi
    • 4GB RAM (8GB or higher when possible)
    • Have at least 5 hours of battery life
    • Multimedia creation and editing capabilities (Middle/High School)
    • 10 inch screen size (8 inch for TK)
    • Headphones
    • Front facing camera
    • Microphone


    Note: Smartphones and e-readers (e.g., Kindle, Kindle Fire, Nook, etc.) do not meet our recommended PYOD Minimum Requirements at sites using ST Math and other EdTech apps.


    Examples of devices that are currently being used in OUSD:


    School Level

     Devices that are currently being used in OUSD

    Early Childhood Education (TK)

    • HP Chromebook 11 G8, 4GB RAM, 32GB Storage, touchscreen 
    • Apple iPad (Air 2 or higher)
    • Apple iPad Mini 4 
    • Kindle Fire HD 8 and Fire 8 Kids Edition (requires a parent Amazon account)

    Elementary School (K-5)

    • HP Chromebook 11 G8, 4GB RAM, 32GB Storage 
      • K-2 - touch screen 
      • 3-5 - with or without a touch screen

    Middle/High School (6-12)*

    • HP Chromebook 11 G8, 4GB RAM, 32GB Storage 
    • HP and Dell Windows laptops 11”, i5, 4GB RAM, 128GB SSD Drive 
    • Apple MacBook Air 11", i5, 4GB RAM, 128GB SSD Drive


    * Please note that secondary students participating in specialized programs, particularly in science, technology, engineering, art, and math (STEAM), are likely to obtain the most benefit from a higher-capacity device, both in terms of system resources such as RAM and storage, along with the ability to install specific applications.