Parent Summary: Any of 32GB Wifi iPad models are sufficient to purchase for your daughter to use at Danebank. For more information and iPad options read further:
iPad Air, iPad Retina or iPad mini?
As of August 2014, there are 4 iPad versions that are available and each have varying memory sizes and network types. The iPad Air, iPad Retina, and iPad minis are currently available in retail stores and through the Apple online store. Even though the iPad mini’s screen is smaller in size, it is still suitable for use at Danebank.
The iPad is available in 3 memory “sizes” – 16GB, 32GB, 64GB and 128GB. The difference between all of these is how many files, songs or Apps can be stored on the iPad. For school purposes the 32GB should be ample. The size really is a matter of choice and budget.
In addition to the memory sizes, iPads are available in 2 network models – the WiFi model and the WiFi + Cellular model. The difference between these is how the iPad accesses the internet.
The WiFi model will only access WiFi networks in your house or at Danebank. If you leave the area covered by the WiFi network, the iPad will not be able to access the internet.
The WiFi + Cellular model can also access WiFi Networks but has the added ability of accessing the internet using the same network as most mobile phones.
The WiFi + Cellular iPad is more expensive and requires the additional purchase of a mobile plan (just like a mobile phone) and a micro-SIM or nano-SIM card to make the 3G/4G connection work. 3G/4G plan pricing and SIM cards are available from telecommunication companies like Telstra, Optus, Vodaphone and many others. Any downloads on the 3G/4G plans can become expensive.
The WiFi + Cellular iPad model will operate without a SIM card and plan, but only through WiFi networks.
With the WiFi only model, the iPad connects to the Danebank network and passes through all our Internet filters and security. An iPad with 3G/4G access can bypass these filters.