Unlike in most countries where teaching is a calling more than a job, there are very few American students who aspire to become a teacher with a doctoral degree. Why would you even want to be a teacher when you hate them so much at school? In a survey of students going on to college, only 8.1 percent of them intend to take Education as their major, 7.9 percent of them expect to have teaching as their lifetime career and 19.1 percent of them plan on having the Ph.D. / D.Ed. suffix or title after their names.
Education is not an easy course to finish. It requires patience, dedication and hours of endless studying. The best way to help your very inspired daughter to finish college and pursue the dedicated life of a teacher is to get her a laptop that will assist her in the highly technological academe of today.
Don’t worry; you don’t have to sell old electronics for money. There are a lot of budget laptops out there for a cash-strapped Mom like you!
For the aspiring daughter with a constrained budget
Unlike your years in college, students in universities today apparently cannot study without the help of technology according to a recent study. Almost 70 percent of respondents say they use their laptops for note taking during classes (where pens and notebooks are not very “in” these days as clearly demonstrated in Legally Blonde and other college-inspired movies).
Passing physical papers to professors is also not so “trendy” in colleges anymore because 91 percent of students communicate and even pass their projects and papers to their professors through email. This is why it is a must that you finally get cash for old computers and get your persevering kid a laptop for her teaching future.
Toshiba Satellite L755-S5166 is a perfect budget laptop for her, priced at $578 without looking dirt cheap. Aside from the fact that the Japanese brand Toshiba has a hardware quality that withstands the test of time, Toshiba Satellite is also a good investment for your teacher-to-be because it can easily manage your daughter’s everyday academic needs. It runs on a 2nd generation Intel CPU and uses a shared video memory Intel Graphics HD which is not so heavy and not so battery-exhausting as NVIDIA or AMD—perfect for a PowerPoint presentation or a short AVP viewing.
The memory department of this laptop is not so bad for a budget laptop in its category with a 640 GB SATA hard disk space and a 4GB RAM which can be upgraded to a maximum of 8GB. Also, it’s easy to carry around from classroom to classroom as it only weighs 5.3 pounds!
For the aspiring daughter of a middle class citizen
Aside from laptops, ebook readers and tablet PCs are also becoming increasingly important to students like your daughter. So if you’re a middle class parent who earns a little more than enough for your family, why not get your daughter two gifts? Get your daughter’s old gadget, trade in laptop for cash and get her an Acer Aspire 5755-6647 plus an iPad! This Acer laptop costs only about $600 and it’s a little better than the Toshiba Satellite in terms of reviews.
It’s got a 2.5GHz Intel Core i5 processor and also an Intel HD Graphics with 128MB video memory. Your daughter can also store a lot of materials for presentations with 500GB of SATA hard drive space and 6GB RAM upgradeable to 8GB! Not bad for a 15-inch laptop, eh? Then get her a $499 iPad for her iBooks! Ain’t that sweet?
Mikaela Taylor is an aspiring blogger who writes about technology in her lovely WordPress blog. Right now, she’s working for Cashforlaptops.com where one can trade in electronics and help in the cause of reducing tech waste.