Which Size iPad Pro is Best for Teaching (12.9″ or 10.5″7)?

Are you considering teaching with an iPad Pro, but are unsure of which size iPad Pro would be best for you? The iPad Pro currently comes in two screen sizes: 10.5″ and 12.9″. Which size iPad Pro is best for teachers? Well, a lot depends on how you plan to use it. Read on to decide for yourself whether the 12.9″ or 10.5″ iPad Pro makes the most sense, given how you will use it.

How Big are They, Really?

The 12.9″ iPad Pro

The iPad Pro 12.9″ is as big as most laptop displays. It has as much usable surface space as a looseleaf sheet of paper. According to Apple’s technical specs, it measures 12 inches long and 8.68 inches wide and weighs 1.49 pounds.

The 10.5″ iPad Pro

The iPad Pro 10.5″ has about as much usable writing surface as an extra large moleskine. It measures 9.8 inches long, 6.8 inches wide and weighs 1.03 pounds.

How to Decide: How Will you Use it?

Which iPad Pro you will want depends on how you will use it. Most people’s initial reaction to the 12.9″ iPad Pro is that it is comically large, but I prefer it in the classroom because it gives me the largest possible surface area. So, to choose which size will be best for how you plan to use it, answer the following questions:

Will you want to show a powerpoint while taking (hidden) notes at the same time? If so, you will likely want a 12.9″ iPad Pro.

Will you want to carry it around the classroom and use it as a mobile whiteboard? If so, you will need to decide what is more important to you: available screen space or bulkiness. If you prefer screen space, go with the 12.9″ iPad Pro. If you prefer something less bulky, go with the 10.5″ iPad Pro.

Will you use it to grade student work or annotate PDFs? One reader who tested out both said that even though the 12.9″ iPad Pro has a significantly larger screen, the difference when grading and annotating is negligible. Basically, the document is slightly zoomed out, but she found that the smaller version had no considerable impact on her annotations. So, if you prefer a less bulky tablet, go with the 10.5″ iPad Pro. If you prefer slightly more screen space and larger documents, go with the 12.9″ iPad Pro.

How to Know for Sure: A Trial Run

Deciding whether the 12.9″ or 10.5″ iPad Pro will be the best for you is a very personal decision. Much depends on your personal preferences, and how you will use it, which you can’t tell until you actually try it out.

So, I highly recommend buying both and giving them a test run as you will use them in your classroom. Most electronics stores (including Apple) have a generous return policy. If you are buying directly from the Apple Store, you can return any items within 14 days of the purchase with no questions asked. You can either buy both, test them out, and return the one you like least, or you can buy both, return both, and purchase them from a different place.

Your Turn

Do you plan to get a 12.9″ or 10.5″ iPad Pro? Which size iPad Pro do you think will be best for you? What questions do you still have about iPad Pro size for teachers? Ask in the comments below or email me.

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