Maybe the laptop is something your school supplies — or maybe you’ll buy it yourself. Either way, you need a survival plan.
Last year, American schools bought about 30 million laptops and tablets, while parents bought 2.2 million directly, according to industry analyst Futuresource. Even with a push toward free laptop programs, many schools are still asking parents who can afford it to buy equipment themselves. And for some families, getting a new laptop is a rite of passage.
But the pandemic has changed what we need these machines to do. Now laptops need to get online at home, away