Our 1st is off to yr 7 in sept. What do secondary children "need" these days in terms of access to laptop/pc/tablets? Does handwritten vs typed homework vary by school? Or is it all typed these days? Do homeworks never/sometimes/always require internet research? At what stage do these things become genuinely necessary? Do they take them into school? What would you say is the best option: -sporadic access to the main pc and laptop, both of which get used a lot by us as we work from home / and laptop gets taken away a lot. -cheapish tablet and get a plug in keyboard ( a diy MS Surface!!), but the screen would be quite small - save up for cheap laptop? maybe a 2nd hand one? - an extra desktop style pc, but not sure where it would go? What have you found is actually more useful and less useful? And money is tight, so looking for a cost effective solution!
YY to everything Isthiscorrect said. We bought one of those mini metal tags (for a pet's collar) engraved with DS1's full name and put that on a split ring (keyring) with the memory stick & his locker key.
He set up a folder for each subject and saves each file in the correct subject folder using the date in this format: 2013-06-18, so all homework is saved in date order.
We back it up once a week.
Still working on persuading him to use headers & footers, although he did use numbered footnotes correctly for one History essay!