Making the Switch: From Laptop & iPad to a Standalone PC

Making the Switch: From Laptop & iPad to a Standalone PC

As Director of IT and an educator, I understand the importance of fostering a supportive learning environment for both teachers and students. Recently, I made the decision to return the school-provided laptop and iPad in favor of a standalone PC. This choice was influenced by the need to establish a healthier work-life balance and address the challenges I faced with the ever-increasing devices at school.

Work-Life Balance:

  • Carrying a laptop and iPad everywhere led to an expectation of immediate problem resolution, encroaching on personal time and breaks. This resulted in a continuous work mode, impacting my ability to take necessary breaks and recharge.

Cost Considerations:

  • The cost of laptops, especially when combined with an iPad, did not align with our school’s technology vision. A standalone PC offered a more cost-effective solution without unnecessary additional expenses.


  • Working in a single location with a standalone PC aligns with security-friendly practices, emphasising the importance of leading by example. Centralising work in a specific environment allows for better control and monitoring of access to sensitive information, reducing the risk of unauthorised access or data breaches.

Cloud Integration:

  • The transition to a cloud-based infrastructure at our school meant that I was no longer tied to a specific device. Cloud integration allowed for seamless access to educational resources and tools from any location, fostering flexibility and mobility while maintaining security standards.


  • The decision to transition to a standalone PC, while beneficial for work-life balance and security, was initially inconvenient on many occasions. Our modern culture often prioritises convenience over security and mental well-being. The shift may require adjustments in daily routines and workflows; however, the long-term benefits make it a worthwhile adjustment.

Dedicated Work Environment:

  • Transitioning to a dedicated workplace with a standalone PC also offered numerous advantages over the flexibility of working anywhere with a laptop. A designated work area for me fostered a sense of structure and routine, enhancing my focus, productivity and reducing distractions.

It’s crucial to acknowledge the impact of technology on our daily lives and the need to find a balance that allows for both productivity and personal well-being. My decision to transition to a standalone PC aligns directly with our school’s technology vision statement and digital citizenship principles, which were developed through a collective consultation process and have been previously discussed in my articles.

This shift reflects a conscientious approach to technology usage in our educational environment, ensuring that our technological choices align with our overarching educational goals.

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