iPads and Android Tablets have a limited google docs experience and are not recommended for school use.
Students using a tablet on a daily basis will need to buy a keyboard and case which will likely offset the cost savings of buying a tablet rather than a computer.
The only tablet OS that works completely with google apps is a Windows tablet such as the Surface. Any tablet used for school needs to have a keyboard and case so that it can be used like a laptop.
Android tablets and iPads with keyboards are both attractive options for many reasons, but that apps for google docs are severely limited and make sharing and graphing difficult. In rare cases, these could be acceptable devices, if, for example, students had access to other devices when graphing functionality was really needed. If a student already owns and likes an iPad or an Android tablet, they may be able to make do with it, but they will have to come up with workarounds for doing things like charting data in science class.
The Windows Surface is a nice tablet capable of doing all the work needed via the google chrome browser. If you look at other Windows tablets, we recommend one, like the Surface, that includes a built-in keyboard.
Android Tablet (not recommended)
Android integrates well with google accounts, emails and calendaring, but google docs is limited on the android, making it a poor choice for schoolwork. For example, there is no simple way to create graphs using the google sheets app on an android tablet.Because there are many different android devices, the challenge will be in getting a screen size and memory that work.
If you do want to try using an android tablet as your main device, we recommend that you get a case with a keyboard for it and that you have a backup computer that can be used when functionality such as graphing is needed.
iPad (not recommended)
The iPad works with most of the applications used in the school, but google docs is limited on the iPad, making it a poor choice for schoolwork. For example, there is no simple way to create graphs using the google sheets app on an iPad. That said, the iPad’s excellent camera and suite of applications certainly have compelling functionality for multimedia work and other projects.
If you do want to try using an Apple tablet as your main device, we recommend that you get a case with a keyboard for it and that you have a backup computer that can be used when functionality such as graphing is needed.